Every day, we are assaulted by a barrage of noise. There's social media notifications. Disturbing headlines. Emails with stress-inducing subject lines. Then there's the daily clamor of a more internal variety; the thoughtless remark a co-worker made. Anxiety about an upcoming deadline. General feelings of inadequacy. All of this stimuli can make it *really* difficult…

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For some of us, our strengths manifested themselves at an early age. Take gymnast Simone Biles, for example. The Olympic Gold Medalist was doing back-flips in her living room at age 6. By 14, she was competing in gymnastics tournaments on a national level. And by 19, well, I think we all saw her twist…

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I accompanied my Girl Scout troop to what we  thought would be a double-dutch workshop. What it actually was was a short instructional class on how to double-dutch (i.e. how to jump -rope with two ropes simultaneously), followed by a fierce competition among a group of…

Hi everyone! Today we're talking outlines, those seemingly pesky lists of bullet-points and asterisks that you probably had to create ad nauseam in college and high school. But worry not: outlines are super simple to write, and before you know it they'll be your Besty. I wrote about why it's awesome to use an outline…

As a  Life and Career Coach, I often work with clients who are not the biggest fans of writing cover letters. By this, I mean they more or less loathe the idea. It's a disdain I completely understand. After all, most of us were brought up to be believe that it's impolite to talk about…

Today, I slapped a thick layer of sunscreen all over my arms and legs and, along with my husband, drove to the beach, sun hats in tow. As we approached the part of the city where the road curves left and runs parallel to the shore, I had this great feeling of familiarity. We passed…

I love Brazil. I love the people, the culture, the emphasis on fun and enjoying life, the weird accordion music, the $2.50 caipirinhas.* Since arriving in Brazil, it's been a non-stop beach-going, friend-meeting, cobblestone road-traversing adventure - and it's been a total blast. However, when my husband and I started planning this trip, we knew…

The other day I was flipping through my Master Calendar (that is, the one I keep on my desk at home), and came across some goals I had written for myself back in February. To my sheer delight, I had accomplished every one of them! Which is to say, I accomplished 3 of my goals.…