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.)

I’ve spent the past two years accidentally becoming a distance runner. Continue reading “The best podcasts for running, by distance”

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”

2018 Goals: Strategic abandonment

2018 Goals: Strategic abandonment

I set ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s time to shave some of them off the list and refocus on what I still think would be valuable to accomplish this year. My friend Sarah calls the act of consciously giving up on goals that no longer make sense “strategic abandonment.”

First, here’s what’s staying: Continue reading “2018 Goals: Strategic abandonment”

Plan a DIY creative retreat for this weekend

Plan a DIY creative retreat for this weekend

A few weekends ago, I cleared my schedule and holed up in my apartment  for a DIY creative retreat. The main goal for this weekend was to catch up on the writing schedule for my novel, which meant writing 21 pages over the duration of the weekend. There were other things I wanted to get done — two blog posts, a visual rebrand for my blog and social media accounts, and an editorial calendar for my blog through the end of April — but all were secondary (and tertiary, etc.) to the main goal.

During the weekend, I reached my desired page count, wrote two blog posts, and made incremental progress on my other goals. Want to do something similar? Here are some tips. Continue reading “Plan a DIY creative retreat for this weekend”

Be more productive: Try the ombré workday

Be more productive: Try the ombré workday

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get more out of my days. My work involves a spectrum of projects, some of which are very task-oriented, check-the-box type things and others of which require deep concentration and focus. It’s difficult for me to switch back and forth between deep Continue reading “Be more productive: Try the ombré workday”

Live more creatively: How to be a life artist

Live more creatively: How to be a life artist

A few months ago, my friend Devin paid me the best compliment I’ve ever received: “You are a life artist. Everything you do is a work of art.”

I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that I want it to be true.

So much so, in fact, that I updated my social media profiles to include the above designation. Continue reading “Live more creatively: How to be a life artist”