self care


avoiding mistakes
As a recovering perfectionist, I tend to spend a lot of energy avoiding mistakes. One of my longtime hobbies is knitting. I learned how to knit when I was 10, but it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I learned an invaluable lesson about mistakes. Up until then, whenever I made a knitting mistake, I couldn’t…

How Avoiding Mistakes Can Hold You Back


when bad things happen
When bad things happen, smart women, sometimes, unwittingly make it harder on themselves. Bad things happen to everyone—it’s part of life. As much as they may prepare, work hard, and try to do the right thing, bad things may still happen to them and to those they care about. After something bad happens, women tend…

When Bad Things Happen: What Women Should and Shouldn’t Do


untangled
I found Lisa Damour‘s book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood , so profoundly helpful that I am breaking my own (perhaps arbitrary?) rule about not writing book notes on parenting books. This book reassures parents by explaining how our daughter’s seemingly troubling and erratic behavior is part of normal adolescence and…

Stacy’s Book Note: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood



time management plan for chaos
Coming up with a solid time management plan for chaos abatement has long been Carson’s priority. Like most caring and capable women, Carson is asked to do a lot. Plus, as a lover of life, she has a variety of interests. Currently, she is a non-profit builder, blogger, and mom of three. Like another busy mom featured in this…

Carson’s Time Management Plan for Chaos Abatement


steal like an artist
Given that summer is here, I thought I’d share notes on Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, a quick and easy read. While short in length (and with lots of images), this gem of a book is not short of useful ideas. Austin Kleon, an artist known for Newspaper Blackout, a collection…

Stacy’s Book Note: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative


helping others to succeed
We don’t usually think of helping others to succeed. Yet, in his book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, Adam Grant explains how giving can drive success. He is the youngest tenured professor at The Wharton School, and has written a fascinating book about his research. It’s a quick read with lots of real-life…

Stacy’s Book Note: Give and Take



feeling disappointed on Mother's Day
Were you left feeling disappointed on Mother’s Day? You’re not alone. In the days following Mother’s Day, I happened to have had several candid conversations about the holiday. The moms with whom I spoke did not particularly enjoy how it was celebrated in their families. Each of the stories was quite different from the next.…

Post Mother’s Day Thoughts: Feeling Disappointed?