Tag: improve

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Why You’re Scared About the Wrong Thing

    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…

  • But Not Today

    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…

  • How to Deal with Your Whole Lotta Nothing

    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…

  • When Life Laughs at Your Best Laid Plans

    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…

  • What’s Up With Your Face

    What’s Up With Your Face

    Recently a trainer at the gym handed me a super-heavy barbell and told me to lift it. Over my head, nonetheless. Intimidated, I dug deep. I closed my eyes, scrunched my cheeks, and tightened every muscle on my face. Just like this guy… Well…close enough. The barbell made it about halfway up before it just…stuck…