#92: Surprised by Success

#92: Surprised by Success

Here’s the thing about spending a mid-November vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina; they serve hush puppies there. This, in itself, is not that unusual. You can probably find those delightful little morsels of fried cornmeal batter in most seafood restaurants. But South Carolinians are not satisfied with a simple, crispity, crunchity morsel of cornmeal […]

#86: Grace and Salt

#86: Grace and Salt

My faulty memory is well-documented on this website, so it’s always curious to me what I do remember. Embarrassing things that happened, no matter how long ago, seem to stick like glue, and in unguarded moments will play in my mind’s eye on a continuous loop. But there have been a few moments of success, […]

#85: Really Blind Ambition

#85: Really Blind Ambition

A short while ago I was standing in my boss’s office, conversing about the employee performance reviews we had recently completed. We weren’t discussing specific details – more like exchanging verbal high fives that the process was over and we wouldn’t need to talk in acronyms for another year. His door was open, but clearly we […]

#83: My Total Money Makeover

#83: My Total Money Makeover

A few weeks ago, I was out to dinner with the girls. The conversation was flitting from one subject to another, as it tends to do when we get together, and at one point, something came up pertaining to finances. I don’t remember what it was precisely, but I seem to recall launching into something […]

#79: Find Another Way

#79: Find Another Way

I am in the middle of a failure. There was this thing that I wanted to do. So I approached it intellectually, did my research, weighed my options, and embarked on the journey. This is what I do. It’s all up here for a while at first (you can’t see me, but I’m making crazy […]

#58: My License to Fib

#58: My License to Fib

Way back in the Stone Age when I was young, fifteen was a huge birthday to celebrate, because that was when you applied for your learner’s permit to drive. It was the first rite of passage into adulthood and likely one’s first joyous interaction with the Department of Motor Vehicles. I’m not even saying that […]

#46: Hidden Potential

#46: Hidden Potential

When I was in 8th grade, there was a girl in my class named Laura who was a competitive gymnast. I don’t remember anyone taking gymnastics lessons back then, like they do now from an alarmingly young age. Laura’s abilities were a source of endless discussion and fascination for girls like me who had trouble […]

#43: Ready, Aim, Fire!

#43: Ready, Aim, Fire!

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar I have never considered myself a particularly goal-oriented person. The phlegmatic side of me wants to take life as it comes, stopping along the way to smell the roses and have a Pajama Day every now and then. If truth be told, […]

#42: How Not to Plan A Career

#42: How Not to Plan A Career

Some people discover early in life what they enjoy doing, start doing it, and never stop. For them, a childhood science set or kitchen experimentation reveals innate talents that they will eventually develop as the years go by. They just know, from a very young age, exactly what they will be when they grow up. […]

#41: On New Year’s Resolutions

#41: On New Year’s Resolutions

I’ll admit it: every January I get caught up in the resolution extravaganza. I love the romance of saying “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new. I love having some time to dream. I start the process by getting out and rereading all my favorite, inspiring, goal-setting books: Coming Up for Air by […]

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