This or that

Last week, during a mini mastermind session with my friend Christa, I was sharing about a challenge I was dealing with. While I was describing it, I added, “I’m casual, but I’m not lax.” Christa stopped me and said, “Oooh, that’s such an important distinction to make!” And we moved…

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“I win!”

Celebrating your own successes is incredibly important. Doing it keeps you motivated and helps you “live in the now” instead of just moving on to the next thing. And it infuses some fun and whimsy into the day-to-day. It’s all about sustainability. Also: I’m terrible at it. This year has…

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Prioritizing wellness now & later

Let’s talk about work/life balance (again), shall we? Something I’ve noticed over the past few weeks, as more people are eligible to get a COVID vaccine and appointments have become more available, is that people are prioritizing getting vaccinated. (Granted: I have mostly people who are enthusiastic—desperate, even—about getting vaccinated…

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We’re human beings, not human doings

Processes, not people, are to blame for most mistakes. It’s something I learned when in healthcare management classes, and it’s something that I’ve seen over and over again in the workplace (mostly outside of healthcare). Just the other day, a colleague of mine found a mistake that affected about a…

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Terroir

I attended a virtual wine and cheese tasting a few weeks ago (it was AMAZING), and besides leaving with a new favorite blue cheese and Riesling, I also left having learned about terroir. According to Wikipedia, terroir is is a “French term used to describe the environmental factors that affect a crop’s…

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Better sleep? Check.

A few weeks ago, my mom was telling me about the debilitating work-related anxiety she was experiencing over the weekends. The issue was that on Friday afternoons, she had to do all kinds of preparation for certain things that happen over the weekend—things she’s not around for. On Friday nights,…

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Vaccinated!

You may recall that I’m participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial (I wrote about it here). Well, last week, I got a phone call from the study site asking if I wanted to be unblinded—i.e., learn if I was given the vaccine or placebo. Of course I said yes, and…

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Burnout: not acute look

I took some time off last week. I was starting to recognize signs of fatigue that happen during the slog that is the time between the winter holidays and the next day off: Memorial Day. That’s 20 weeks! I had time to take, so I took some (and you can…

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