Is it really a better "balance" between time spent "at work" and time spent "at life" that's at issue, or is it actually something else?
Six years and four months ago, I hit a breaking point in what had been a long and productive career in corporate marketing. It turned out to be a life-changing experience.
Six years ago today, July 1, I stumbled into what would become the work I'll do for the rest of my working life, which is to say: the rest of my natural life. And I'm going to write about that experience, in the spirit of sharing what I've learned, starting tomorrow. But today? Today's just … Continue reading Rest is part of the work.
"I read your blog, so I feel like I already know you," the woman said. "My sister reads it, too; she lives in Pittsburgh." "Thanks," I said. "I've been taking a little break, working on some things behind the scenes." "Good," she said. And then this stranger who was also a friend and I had … Continue reading A few things: February through June 2022
(Right. You'd think I could have thought to write this one already. Like, last fall, when I was writing "something" every day for my own mental health.) May, as you've likely already seen or heard, is Mental Health Awareness Month. You've likely already seen or heard about it because, thanks to the pandemic, mental health … Continue reading Something about mental health.
I made school lunch for the last time, ever. "This is the last time I'm ever going to make lunch for you to take to school," I said to my daughter, as I folded a chicken and rice burrito and wrapped it up tight. "You're free!" she whooped. "Aren't you glad?" Seven years ago, I … Continue reading Something about that list from the working mother battlefield.
I've been writing a little each day, but never quite finishing, a post about blueprints and time. And while I work on that essay, in the background, I'm going to bring forward a few pieces from the vault, starting with this one, about Diana cameras and Hipstamatic, both of which are part of my love … Continue reading Something about photographs.
This first part is a repeat, of sorts, because Easter seems a good time to check in on a few things, irrespective of faith tradition/practice (or lack thereof). The checking-in is the important part; the repeat is just for context. Janus (as I wrote, back in January) is the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, doorways, … Continue reading Something about fresh starts and well-being.