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4 steps to quickly make your job less boring

Are you bored at work? Getting tired of trying to inspire your team with fake enthusiasm? I’m betting you want to feel genuinely excited again, to have something besides the predictable paycheck to look forward to. But at the same time, you’re not ready for any big changes, especially given the uncertainty and stress of the […]

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How to realize your dreams, according to a rodent (or a scientist, depending on where your trust lies)

I saw what I think was a meadow vole on my run this morning. He looked like a rat, but with a blunt nose and smaller ears. He scurried across the path and burrowed under the fallen needles and grassy ground cover, disappearing. Naturally, I came home and Googled “vole symbolism.”  Today’s message from the […]

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Celebrating wins is effective—here are 3 reasons why

“What wins are you celebrating?” When I ask a new client this, they’re usually hesitant to answer. The reason tends to be something like this: “Celebrate? Why would I do that? I haven’t reached my goal yet.” Here’s the thing. When I encourage you to acknowledge your wins, I’m not just being your cheerleader, and […]

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Beyond mindfulness: the 3 levels of being present

Despite endless inspirational quotes over sunsets and ocean shorelines, you might not know precisely what “being present” means.  I used to experience presence as primarily a mental thing: shifting my attention to what’s happening now, instead of thinking about the past or future. That’s part of it, but there are two other levels that I […]

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Want to feel more grateful? Do these 2 things.

“Should we do the gratitude thing?” my husband asked me the other night, our bodies spooning together under the crisp cotton sheet and quilt.  “Sure.” My husband recently suggested we try out this new evening ritual. It wasn’t planned so much as invented out of necessity amidst some stressful workdays. We lull ourselves to sleep […]

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An ideal day visualization to quickly improve your work life

What if you could noticeably improve your career overnight? I’m not talking about a dramatic change, necessarily, but a noticeable one: a quantifiable amount of improvement very, very quickly. This is what’s possible with my Lunch with Oprah ideal day visualization, adapted from the work of Martha Beck. What follows is a shortened version of […]

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If you hate Sunday nights, learn these 4 principles

Do you hate Sunday nights because you can’t stop thinking about how much you dread going to work? Is it getting harder to put on a happy face for your team? Maybe you feel tired and frustrated, but also trapped, having no idea what you want to do instead. If so, you’ve probably taken career assessments, read […]

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What I learned on my 3-week break from social media

I recently took a three week break from social media. As I wrote about early on, I chose to take a break from social media because I had a hunch that it was detrimental to my wellness.  I decided to avoid all forms—which, for me, meant Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, including both personal and business […]

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Do you need a break?

How do you typically distract yourself from sadness and other craptastic feelings? Is it work, food, booze, Internet? What does this habit look like specifically? Doing tasks you should delegate, late-night ice cream, wine after work, scrolling through Instagram? The other day I was feeling… well, terrible. My mind was going, going, going with Nothing […]

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A one-minute experiment for dealing with what sucks

I heard a phrase the other day that has stuck with me: Look to, not forward. I took this to mean look to the experience happening right now as opposed to looking forward to what you’ll do next, what you want, etc. Assuming our waking hours are spent mentally in either the past, present, or […]

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