23 December 2009

What Festivus can teach us about managing holiday stress

So, it's Festivus. At least according to Seinfeld. The original Festivus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus), happened whenever it was most needed.  Yep, now works. Festivus, as formalized by Seinfeld, has three main components: the Aluminum Pole, the Airing of Grievances, and the Feats of Strength. And perhaps unsurprisingly for a holiday meant to be an alternative to the […]

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14 December 2009

Best of 2009 Blog Challenge: The Catch-up Edition #best09

So life kinda got in the way a bit this week. Here, in super-fast form, are my missed "Best of 2009" posts: Best Night Out: December 4, with the Hubband. We ended up at (literally) the sixth place we tried, but it turned out it was where we supposed to be all along. And they […]

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5 December 2009

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety #best09

I remember how, in the earliest days and months of motherhood, I felt like I'd been betrayed. Like the world had lied to me. That the image of empowered career woman as competent mother was a pack of lies. That my career and my child were supposed to be able to coexist, equally. I was […]

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3 December 2009

Two articles, 10 minutes, instant improvement #best09

I spend a lot of time thinking about to help make change happen. That means spending a lot of time thinking about goals, how to set them, and how to meet them. (And spending even more time thinking about how and when goals go awry.) It's no surprise then, that a headline like "Habits Can […]

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2 December 2009

Serendipity…and lots and lots of Scotch. #best09

You never know, when you first meet someone, what role they'll play in your life. Some pass through without effect. Others leave a mark and then move on. Still others come and never leave you.  But all, I think, come into our lives for a reason.  Sometimes it takes us a while to realize what […]

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2 December 2009

Defining A question, not THE question

This is easier than you think. Last week I wrote that the first step in figuring out how to get started in social media was to “Define the Question.” It’s a big thing for me—I’ve written here before on the importance of understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing. But it’s apparently a big thing […]

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1 December 2009

A return trip to sanity

I took four trips in 2009: Martha’s Vineyard, New York City, Montreal, and New York City. But the most important trip was a return to sanity. 2008 was a year of incredible highs (the birth of my son) and lows (how that completely changed my life). For a girl who spends her life finding, establishing, […]

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25 November 2009

There but for fortune

"Come back! No! Come back! It's not time! It's not time!" So went the anguished cries of a homeless woman, whom I had rushed by not half an hour before. I had seen her sitting on a park bench with her companion and  was struck by how life had carved itself so forcefully on both of their […]

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25 November 2009

Six (scientific!) steps to social media success

Advertising is dead! PR is dead! Marketing is dead! Control is dead! Um…Ever feel like you’re surrounded by irrational exuberance for social media? I do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as exuberant as the next girl (I mean, have you met me?), but irrational I’m not. While social media has been plenty long on irrational […]

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26 October 2009

Why, not what

Most of us focus on what we want, not why. But the why is everything. Here’s the thing: success is contextual, but we make it absolute. We make it about money. Or fame. Or follower counts. But when we focus only on what we (think we) want, we turn success into a very narrowly defined thing, […]

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