How to Stop Making Your Life Worse

So I had a bit of a revelation last week. It began first thing one morning, just as the alarm went off. As my arm swung over to shut it off, the following thought rushed in... ...Man, that was a terrible night sleep. I’m going to be off my game today. I then began thinking about the day ahead and the challenging conference call that awaited me. To whic...
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How to Have a Crappy Conversation

This week brought an interesting theme. Two of my colleagues – and me - all found ourselves in a universally dreaded situation. We had to have crappy conversations. And they Stressed. Us. Out. (Nooooo sleeping here.) Colleague #1? He had to tell his somewhat-non-performing staff member who really loved working from home…that he would no longer be...
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Why You’re Scared About the Wrong Thing

So…things have gotten slightly anxiety-ridden in the Maloney house. The culprit? Well…I wrote a play. Yes, the theater kind. The last time I did this was back when I was in college. As in undergrad college. As in a looooong time ago. Oh, and I’m also going to produce the play this year. The last time I did this was…well never. Oh, and I’m going t...
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But Not Today

Well this is a tricky time, yes? Let’s count a few ways… There are the holidays, which often come with a multitude of festive moments…and a multitude of non-festive moments. Think traffic, crowds, and, potentially, a few forced smiles around that carefully-set dinner table. There’s also…and let me say first that I am in nooooooo way entering into s...
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How to Deal with Your Whole Lotta Nothing

So recently life got kind of…funky. The schedule, the business, the personal stuff... …all funky. Work projects got all bunched together, with odd, quiet stretches in-between. Same thing with my writing projects. And travel. And personal engagements. And good books. The result? Clusters of weeks where life sped along at an almost chaotic pace. Which...
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When Life Laughs at Your Best Laid Plans

This month found me exploring the country of Japan for the first time. Those of you who know me won’t be surprised to learn that I did a whole lot of planning…or, as I lovingly called it, “Japlanning”…in the months leading up to the trip.  And that Japlanning paid off. Mostly. There were a few moments, however, when things didn’t quite go according ...
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