Tag: life

  • 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…

  • What to do about the Dumbest Word on the Planet

    What to do about the Dumbest Word on the Planet

    There’s a really dumb word floating out there, and most of us use it. A lot. It’s a mean word. A soul-sucking word. A horrible, no-good, terrible word. I reveal it through a few quick ditties about people just like you and me. See if you get the theme. Rachel was super-excited as her second…

  • A Sincere Letter from Me to You

    A Sincere Letter from Me to You

    Dear You: I hope you are doing well. No…scratch that. I hope you are doing wonderfully. In fact, I hope you are as happy as you can possibly be. Are you? My guess is you’re not. You might be somewhat happy, or you might be pretty happy some of the time…but as happy as you…

  • The Problem with Life’s Pop-Tarts

    The Problem with Life’s Pop-Tarts

    I’ve noticed a troubling personal trend lately. Here’s just one example. See if you can relate… I’m on social media and see a news headline, likely about whatever daily debate is going on. I read the article. Despite feeling my blood pressure rise a scooch, I click on links within the article to get more…

  • The Truth About Your Guts

    The Truth About Your Guts

    Guess what? I’m a quitter. Yep, Deirdre’s a quitter. A QUITTTT…TER! Why the proud proclamation? Because I am proud. And because lots of people wouldn’t be. Or think I shouldn’t be. Because lots of people believe that quitting says something terrible about us.  It means we can’t hack it. It means we’re weak. You’ve heard…

  • 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…

  • How to Stop Being a Big Loser

    How to Stop Being a Big Loser

    Welcome to my post on how to stop being a big loser. It’s time to get started. Ready? Poof. You’re not a big loser. You know how I did that so quickly? I’ll explain through a quick ditty. Two days ago I auditioned for a role I really wanted, and I didn’t get it. Didn’t…

  • The Truth About Your Factory Settings

    The Truth About Your Factory Settings

    Guten tag! I’m writing this trip in the midst of a visit to the lovely country of Germany. The whole family is really into it. This being said, and despite LOTS of planning, not everything has gone as…planned. My finest example? Our reservation at a hotel located smack dab in the middle of all the…

  • 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…

  • The Problem with How You Spend Your Time

    The Problem with How You Spend Your Time

    There’s a dangerous trend afoot.  And it has to do with this thing: Yes, that’s my planning calendar (and yes, I have a paper planning calendar. Keep those comments to yourself, please.) You might notice the calendar is pretty filled up…lots of meetings and commitments and things to do. But this dangerous trend isn’t about…

  • 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,…