Tag: communicate

  • The Problem with Your Good Intentions

    The Problem with Your Good Intentions

    Well, I meant well. Recently a friend of mine was getting ready to celebrate a milestone birthday. This friend is awesome. She’s just so good at knowing what to say to you and how to care for you and which kind of munchy snack to bring when you’re feeling blue. And so, a group of…

  • The Unexpected Lesson from Six Legs on Southwest

    The Unexpected Lesson from Six Legs on Southwest

    So last week was a Southwest Airlines extravaganza. We began the first of six legs at the start of the week, flying up to northern California for work, then back home to San Diego. Two days later, a presentation brought us to Providence, RI and back (plus a layover each way). Let me say now…

  • Why You Must Consider the Other Option

    Why You Must Consider the Other Option

    Recently I needed a favor. I was working on a new project, and I was stuck. Really stuck. I needed advice on how to “unstick” from someone who’d been there. And I knew who that perfect someone was. Martha Martha was awesome. She’d done something similar to what I was trying to do and she’d…

  • The Big Small Talk Mistake

    The Big Small Talk Mistake

    “You get to do the conversation if this one is chatty.” These are actual words I said to Hubby as we awaited our Lyft Driver at 4:45AM last week. We were about to fly out of town and were ready to roll. All we needed was to get to the airport. Which is when we…

  • A Request to PLEASE Do This Important, Simple Thing Already

    A Request to PLEASE Do This Important, Simple Thing Already

    So I’ve noticed a trend lately, and it’s not a good one. In fact, it can be hurtful for all involved. I being with a few examples from just the past few weeks. See if you notice a pattern. Friend #1 recently won a major cooking competition. When I excitedly told him how proud I…

  • How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    So guess what? I auditioned for a play! And guess what else? I didn’t get the part. Actually, let me correct myself. I didn’t get the part I wanted. Which was a nanny who oversees one of the most important, coolest, and younger characters in the show. Instead, I got a much smaller part. Actually,…

  • The Two Letters that Can Ruin Any Relationship

    The Two Letters that Can Ruin Any Relationship

    So I came across an interesting nugget the other day. It was about a favorite actor and performer of mine: Nathan Lane. Even if you’re not as smitten by Nathan as I am, chances are you’ll still be somewhat compelled by one of his first official gigs: delivering singing telegrams. Even more compelling? The reason…

  • The Big Flaw in Your Life’s Script

    The Big Flaw in Your Life’s Script

    I had a bit of a personal epiphany recently. As tends to be the case, it came as a burst, explaining a deep flaw in my lifelong thinking. One that sets me up for all kinds of stress. It happened while I was listening to an interview with Cheryl Hines who, among other things, played…

  • The Single Word to Make Your New Year Better

    The Single Word to Make Your New Year Better

    Recently, my house was bugging me. Actually, it was just a part of my house. A relatively small part. The closet. The thing was cluttered with stuff…kind of. Now, some readers may recall that the Maloney family was involved in a move just a few months ago. You also might recall it was a biiiiiiit…

  • What to Do About the Snark in Your Life

    What to Do About the Snark in Your Life

    I had a bad moment the other day. It made me look bad. It was potentially damaging to my reputation. And it was 100%, without a doubt, my own fault. I had emailed a colleague to confirm a phone call we’d set up for the next day. I told her I would be expecting her…

  • Why You MUST Do “That Thing”

    Why You MUST Do “That Thing”

    Last week I found myself having a coffee chat with a woman I met at a recent event. It was meant to be a “let’s-get-to-know-each-other” kind of coffee. But then…she started talking (a lot) about her work. It’s the kind of business where she sells a product that she believes in, then recruits other people…

  • How to Make Life’s Bad Things Better

    How to Make Life’s Bad Things Better

    Recently, a lovely friend of mine named Meg ran 100 miles. As in 100 miles for real. All at once. On purpose. It was part of a race in the mountains. Shortly after she finished the event she and I were on a morning run. (Yes, a run. How she was moving, I don’t know.).…