5 Reasons Why You’re Good Enough As You Are

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While having lunch with a friend recently, he said something that particularly caught my ear. “Some days I feel so lost. I can’t seem to get it right. I’m just not good enough.” “At what?” I replied. “At life,” he sighed. When we look at the world around us and compare ourselves to what others are doing, we have a …

Six Tips For Finding Your Life’s Work

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After a recent session for The White Box Club™ (a Meetup group I founded for people laid off or in career transition), a new member approached me with some questions. She was curious about how I’d personally recovered after being laid off from a full-time job. “So is this what you do now for work—run this group?” “Yes,” I replied. …

Need Relief? Observe The Balance All Around You

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My day started off on a sour note. I didn’t sleep as soundly as usual; my dreams were stressful; and my first thoughts upon waking were focused on the greater problems of the world: global warming, gun violence, and the heartbreaking resolution for the Jacob Wetterling family. I could immediately tell I’d been watching TV the previous day. I haven’t …

I’ve Become My Parents. And It’s A Good Thing.

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While cleaning to move my home office last week, I packed boxes and thought how my dad would do it — “Towels together but leave one out for my first night. Tools here but leave out a screwdriver, drill, wrench, etc.” Later that day, I was cutting fresh vegetables and placing them into a special container my mom had given …

Over The Hill At 50? Not In My World.

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This past month I celebrated my 50th birthday. “You’re 50…?? You?! Nooo. I thought maybe 37 at the most,” a younger Facebook friend posted. “You’re only 50? Ahh, so young,” came a post by an older relative. It’s funny how our perceptions of age depend on where we are on the timeline of life. Turning 40 ten years ago wasn’t …

Work/Life Balance. Really?

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Is there really such a thing as work/life balance? Many say it’s a myth. Let’s start with the literal definition: The word balance implies harmony or equilibrium among opposing elements. Imagine what this looks like on a scale—work and life are not only separated, but at opposite ends of the spectrum. This common view of work/life balance supports the idea …