New Year’s Resolutions 2019

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

I usually set my New Year’s Resolutions in November, but this year it’s been a struggle to get clear on what I want to accomplish in the next year. Last year, I cast a wide net, setting 10 goals across a bunch of different areas of my life. This year, I’m going slightly narrower and focusing on SMART goals — those that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Here they are:

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How to create space for art in your busy life

How to create space for art in your busy life

My friend and accountability partner Ivy is amazing for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that she often gives me ideas for blog posts in the form of requests for things she wants to read. A recent request was for me to write about how to create space for art in your busy life. Continue reading “How to create space for art in your busy life”

Spiritual band-aids vs. sustainable change

Spiritual band-aids vs. sustainable change

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s recent New York Times article on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop ends with Brodesser-Akner being stuck on a bus, desperately having to pee. This incident, fortunately resolved without catastrophe, nonetheless leaves the author unable to regain the feeling of zen she’d accessed just a few hours earlier at the In Goop Health wellness summit, described earlier in the piece: Continue reading “Spiritual band-aids vs. sustainable change”

How to stop wasting food

How to stop wasting food

While everyone loves SMART goals, it occurred to me a couple of months ago that vague goals can also work — if they’re tied to values. It also occurred to me I really wanted to stop wasting food. When 49 million Americans are struggling to put food on the table, I really don’t want to throw food away because I never got around to eating it. Continue reading “How to stop wasting food”

The best podcasts for running, by distance

The best podcasts for running, by distance

(Full disclosure: As I was pulling together this list, I realized that my podcast rotation is VERY white. I’m fixing that, but if you have specific recommendations for podcasts hosted by people of color, please share them in the comments.)

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5 ways to refill your tank post-burnout

5 ways to refill your tank post-burnout

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Between work, the heat, familial obligations, and my summer social calendar, I feel burnout creeping in at least once a week lately.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to get better at slowing down, but it sometimes feels impossible to take a sizable Continue reading “5 ways to refill your tank post-burnout”