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  • The Surprisingly Good News about the Change You Want to Make

    The Surprisingly Good News about the Change You Want to Make

    I had a little incident a few months back. It involved some heavy furniture, an awkwardly executed lift-and-twist on my part, and some resulting back pain. And by back pain I mean super gnarly spasms that beat out any pain I’ve ever experienced. (And if you’ve been following my blog at all, you know I’ve…

  • A Few Things I Need to Admit to You

    A Few Things I Need to Admit to You

    I begin with an admission. The first of a few, actually. This admission is that there have been plenty of stomach rumblings and tumblings going on inside this body of mine lately. They haven’t felt good. The reason for them, though, is good. Because they have to do with a new side hustle project that…

  • 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…

  • Some Very Crappy, Very Good News

    Some Very Crappy, Very Good News

    I have some crappy news for you… …but, if you choose to take this quick ride with me, you’ll soon see it’s actually quite good. I begin with a series of crappy events in the life of Deirdre over the past month: Got a nasty ick bug that lasted a good two weeks. Didn’t get…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    I recently found myself on a mountain in the middle of the night. Again. Unlike the last time, this event wasn’t quite so…traumatic.  Though this adventure, dubbed Ladies Night by the boot camp that created it, certainly had some special nuances. Behold…the numbers: 29 female participants 12 hours (7pm to 7am. As in overnight.) 3…

  • The House of Cards Effect

    The House of Cards Effect

    Recently I was waiting on line at a coffee shop when a child fell into a full-on tantrum, complete with a perfectly executed flop-down pose. You know the pose I’m talking about: The child’s mother, her nose stuck in her iPhone, did nothing. “What’s wrong with her?” I thought. “Doesn’t she know how annoying that…

  • Let’s Get Personal

    Let’s Get Personal

    Hubbie and I recently found ourselves engaging in two different…discussions. The first involved a whole lot of bickering…making for some cranky moments at the coffee shop. The topic at hand? A small, single flyer that he designed for one of my new upcoming workshops. “I think it should look like this,” he said, pointing to his…