When was the last time you did one thing?

July 24 2012

Read that again. When was the last time you did one thing? Not two, not six, not four. Checking email, eating breakfast. Halfheartedly listening to your partner while making a list of grocery items. Calling your mom while watching CNN and scanning your iPad for Facebook updates. We’re bombarded. We’re hungry for information and validation and surprise, […]


Show up.

July 19 2012

You have something unique to share. You have an interesting perspective that is valued. You have a secret, something that could make her work better. You have an experience that could shed light on his challenge. Someone has something for you. But you have to show up. Whether standing in line at the post office, […]


What’s the dress code?

July 17 2012

A commonly asked question, no matter what kind of event. The answer is usually simple: Dress how you’d want to represent yourself. By asking, “What is everyone else going to wear? What is acceptable?” think of the position you’re placing yourself in. Are you wanting to see if you’re most comfortable shoes, the ones that […]


We’re so careful.

July 12 2012

We carefully plan our days, scheduling meetings and appointments to maximize our energy and time. We plan our evenings, scheduling outings and time at home in an attempt to balance work and play. Yet what if this careful planning is actually getting in our way? What if we’re creating a series of insulated experiences and […]


First encounters

July 10 2012

When you meet someone, what’s the first question you ask? “What do you do?” “Where are you from?” “Who are you with?” “Why are you here?” Your question says just as much about you as their answer says about them.


Life’s a set up.

July 05 2012

We all know the crime scene where the good guy is framed by the bad guy. “It’s not fair,” we say. “He was framed!” We set ourselves up every day. Happiness, good friends, a rewarding career, an organized household — they’re the result of choices. The places we go and the people we surround ourselves with […]


Please take your (assigned) seat.

July 03 2012

We can’t help it. Our titles are plastered onto our business cards, resumes, and online profiles. Our calling cards for connection are marred by our need to assimilate information quickly and efficiently. We’re grouped in terms of experience, what we can offer, where we’ve been, or even who we know. But we don’t have to […]


Read the fine print!

June 27 2012

Or don’t. Restraints, boundaries, rules, guidelines, regulations — how you navigate and manipulate them is what separates you from the person sitting next to you. You can test limits, see them as a dead end sign, or ignore them. Press on, beyond predefined trails, and you might find yourself heading into the land of creative bliss.


Schedule vacation time, even if you can’t.

June 24 2012

When you visit a foreign place, you are stripped of your template for daily living. Your routine is broken, and it’s up to you to make sense of it all. “Home” becomes a reference marker as you begin to assign meanings to new experiences. Now that each day is fresh, you are free to discover […]


The quiet room

June 21 2012

I like watching beginnings of events. There’s expectation in the room, uncertainty, and a hint of nervousness as people arrive and take note of their new surroundings. For a moment, the room is quiet. The swell of anticipation gradually takes over, and the evening soon turns strangers into friends. Opportunity is kind of like a […]