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How Is Your Relationship with Time These Days?

My action partner started our call bemoaning time management. She's not a complainer, so I took note of her angst around the issue. I blurted out sympathetically, "Time management is a muscle, not a gift!" Only because she paused the conversation, and thanked me...

How Are Your Boundaries These Days?

I credit Wayne Dyer with the quote, "You get treated in life the way you teach others to treat you." He was my first guru starting in the early 80's. It was back then that I began to question my upbringing for the first time. I began to note how that upbringing...

What’s Your Dollhouse?

Katie Settel, a long-time client, called me this morning wanting to start a movement. She is passionate about helping children during this crisis. She's come up with the idea, the organization to sponsor it, and guidelines for contribution. She wanted my help...

I Missed a Day

I've been tracking each day of this quarantine with a list of to-do's in my master notebook. It's my way of maintaining sanity, some sense of normalcy and, dare I say, accomplishment. Yet, today when I went to record the tasks at hand, I saw that I had blanked on...

Weird Al Made My Day

When I concentrate on my personal progress, the difficulties over which I have no control will iron themselves out. That was a sentence in my daily reader yesterday that could not be more apropos for April 2020. I'm always reminded in the Serenity Prayer to accept...

Is It Okay to Be Okay?

I was encouraged this morning reading Madeleine Albright's Op-Ed piece in the Times, Resilience in the Face of Disaster, particularly Bill Clinton's quote, "the quiet miracle of a normal life." The more routinely I go about the day's tasks, the more normal I feel...

What’s Getting You/Me Through This Time?!

Have you let go of perfectionism recently? In light of the world crisis, I decided that it's okay if: My meditation posture isn't totally erect There's a morsel of almond butter stuck to the glass jar I'm recycling (don't yell at me!) I don't know how to keep zoom...

Laurie Klein Made My Day

"It's our job as creatives to put good stuff back into the world," Laurie Klein, my friend and creative guru, declared during our virtual zoom dinner this evening. Although we hadn't spoken in a few years, I received an invitation to and attended Laurie's "virtual...

The Wild West of My Apartment

For most of my career, as I've given advice to the self-employed, I've urged delegating, particularly in the arena of the home. Let go of laundry, cleaning and other jobs someone else can perform at a lower wage. That way you can put your best talents toward the...

Keeping Calm; Carrying On

Today (written on Sunday, March 22) is Day 7 in my count of sheltering-in-place. You may have gotten a head start on me as I didn't begin until last Sunday night. But I'm following the rules, going out for occasional groceries and attending a socially-distanced...

Positive in Attitude Only

The only thing that didn't get canceled recently was a Penny Rug class I'd signed up for months ago at the Guilford Arts Center in rural Connecticut. My good friend, Liz Alpert Fay, was instructing, and I'd easily convinced two other close friends to join...

Marie Beattie – A New Kind of Client Need

Marie has counted days in her new role since its inception. Today is Day 3437 in a job she did not apply for, wishes had never been assigned, but one at which she excels beyond any human's expectations. Since Saturday, October 2, 2010, Marie has served as the...

What 3 Things Do You Want?

There's a heart-warming and affirming documentary on Netflix called Harold and Lillian that will inspire movie fans as well as creatives who love what they do. Its subtitle, A Hollywood Love Story, tells you about the unusual marriage of two major contributors to...

Closing Thought for The Decade

I shared a list of my accomplishments with my action partner this morning, and her feedback was, "I love how you have built so much support for yourself." She reiterated the helpers I'd named--a copy writer, therapist, colleagues and fellows, doctors, etc. -  and...

Do You Suffer From This?

I promise, this is not a humble brag or a disguised way of having you compliment me (but go ahead if you must). I seriously don't quite get this malady, but I'm clear I have it. On my Visions Group call every two weeks we each (there are three of us) have 8 minutes...