Blog: Well-being

Do you feel like you never have enough time?

Do you feel like you never have enough time?

Do you feel like you have never enough time? You know, the day ends and your to-do list is longer than it was in the morning? Or, you go to bed thinking about all the things you didn't get done? Maybe you're even running through your to-do list when you intended to be...

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Treat your self well: Have things to look forward to

Treat your self well: Have things to look forward to

There is an abundance of advice on how to treat your self well through sound nutrition, adequate movement (exercise), sleep, and healthy relationships. But, what about self-care through fun or other pleasures? If you’re all about getting work done and meeting your...

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Why is it so hard to rest?

Why is it so hard to rest?

I envy people who relax often and easily.  For me and other ambitious perfectionists, it's surprisingly hard to rest. I'm "working on it"--which, ironically, isn't my preferred approach. Working on resting seems like an oxymoron! Yet, it captures where I'm at and who...

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Gaining weight, gaining health

Gaining weight, gaining health

This post about gaining weight has nothing to do with careers but I felt called to write it and share it here, even though it is quite personal. Stretch pants ignorance Like most people who have been working from home 100%, I've spent much of COVID dressed in stretch...

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A worksheet on values (authentic & aspirational)

A worksheet on values (authentic & aspirational)

If someone were to ask you what you value, could you tell them? You could probably list a few of your values quite easily, and even describe how these play out in your life. You might even be honest enough to talk about the ones you struggle to live by, despite their...

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25 years together

25 years together

Raúl and I celebrated 25 years together in October. Unlike in past years when we barely acknowledged the milestone of another year, we decided to do something special this time. Not because it felt obligatory, but because we both genuinely wanted to recognize this...

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What I love most about working from home

What I love most about working from home

I'm an introvert and I'm also easily distracted and bothered by noise. So, I am en-joy-ing working from home! It is utterly delicious. My "regular" (non-COVID-19) situation was that I went to the University of British Columbia (UBC) several days per week for my...

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What’s making me smile?

What’s making me smile?

Let me preface this by saying that I am not spending my days with a big smile plastered onto my face. However, there are a number of things that have been lifting my spirits over the past few weeks and I wanted to record these here. More time with my immediate family...

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Awe

Awe

For as long as I can remember, I have been awed by a beautiful singing voice. Certain song/voice combinations stop me in my tracks, pull me in like some sort of powerful vortex (does a vortex suck people in? that may be scientifically inaccurate, but you get my...

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Your workspace and well-being

Your workspace and well-being

The physical space in which we work matters--a lot. Yet, it isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when we think about career satisfaction. I have noticed my workspace affects my mood, my productivity, my sense of calm (or lack thereof), and my overall...

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Catastrophizing (do you remember 1999?!)

Catastrophizing (do you remember 1999?!)

I was thinking back 20 years to December 1999--do you remember the "hysteria" leading up to that month?! Back then, my spouse and I ran a disc jockey (DJ) business; December 31 had us worried because we weren't sure how Y2K would play out. Anyone who is old enough to...

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