Pre-flight jitters

I love traveling, but I hate traveling. The whole infrastructure for international travel is laden with bureaucracy, delays, and confusion in the best of times. (Post) Pandemic times are not the best of times. You may have heard about the mayhem at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam over the summer. Five hour security lines, delayed…

Do productivity apps make you more productive?

We all want to Get Things Done (TM), but do we have the right tools? I am one of those people who easily falls down a rabbit hole of new apps when trying to bolster my ineffectual productivity system. And I’ve done it again. Last night, after a couple of months of firmly re-committing to…

GenX women run the world

We are a small and cynical generation who started life with rotary dial phones and now upgrade our iPhones at every opportunity. We grew up on HR Pufnstuff, but somehow have the attention span to read all of the George RR Martin books and watch both HBO dragon series. We’ve been going to rock shows…

FIRIE: Financial independence, retire in Europe

My husband and I are considering buying a house in Portugal. This still sounds insanely unrealistic when I say/ type it. I’ve never had the financial means to buy a house, much less a second house. Thanks to my husband’s equity from his condo, we were able to buy the townhome we now inhabit. On…

I am not Martha Stewart (and that’s OK)

I had a bit of an a-ha moment out for a walk the other day. I was thinking about how I have a sort of mild obsession with productivity systems, as well as a nagging sense of productivity guilt that has plagued me since childhood. What exactly am I not getting done, I wondered, that…

Check-in for October 2

I haven’t been the best about posting these here on time, but here’s my “weekly” update. LAST WEEK WINS Had a successful trip to Atlanta and had a great time spending a few days with my coworkers (and discovering how tall/ short they all are!). I also got some time to wander around on my…

Can you be a productive creative?

I have a complicated relationship with “productivity.” I learned as a kid that I am not very good at productivity in the traditional sense. I struggled to keep up with homework. I procrastinated and ignored household chores. Even as a surly teen, I thought there must be something wrong with me. I tried to implement…

Write it down: How I am building a second brain

I’ve been reading Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain and I’ve realized that this has been one of my primary projects for years now. Whether it’s a new productivity tool, a summary of a conference presentation, or a system for effective meeting notes, my second brain has been under construction for at least a couple…

September 13 Weekly(ish) Update

LAST WEEK I didn’t set any intentions because I was on vacation, but when I returned I got right back into my daily habits. I intentionally took the week of from focus sessions and memoir work, so I will give myself 💚 for the week. WINS Got through a weekend in North Idaho without over-drinking,…

Finding Purpose, Fighting MEH

As humans, we are drawn to meaning and purpose. This makes us pretty unique among the animal kingdom. I’ve never met a dog who was concerned about making a difference in the world. Our inclination to find, make, and seek meaning also tends to make us a little miserable. The basics of survival never feel…