no one gets your life but you.

For years (and quite possibly even last Tuesday), I tried to explain my life to other people. I wanted friends, family, co-workers, the cashier, and the mailman to understand how busy I was, or how difficult this or that experience …

the day my story went off script.

I sat in a wheelchair in my parents’ house, weak and recovering from the sudden respiratory failure that had nearly taken my life and the life of my firstborn son. I had imagined myself as the best of parents — …

five powerful habits to tame your schedule.

As promised (in this important post about the first step you should take to get beyond an overwhelming schedule), here are five guiding principles that help me tame my days. I’ve run through them so often in my planning that …

make space to breathe.

You out there: get some rest today. Just do it. Take a short nap. Put down the work and go on a walk. Listen to music or read a book you love for half an hour. Yeah I know, your …

the secret heart of anxiety.

I was his nanny for five years; I remember the day he died. This boy I once listened to and read to and sung to and rocked to sleep — he lived to 16, got into his car, and smashed …

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