Time Out

Time and lack of time come up ALL the time in virtually every conversation. It’s time.Not the right time.Is it time?Time is money.Time is just dragging.Where do I find the time?He has all the time in the world.It’s about time.I’m just killing time.She wastes so much time.They don’t respect my time.Where did the time go?WhyContinue reading “Time Out”

Discomfort Zone

Want more success?You probably need to double or triple your rate of failure. Failure is one of those emotions most of us have learned to avoid, and there are so many ways of avoiding it. Easy entertainment – food, drink, TV, video games, and online shopping.Playing small – keeping your sites on things you alreadyContinue reading “Discomfort Zone”

Won’t Hurt A Bit…

This won’t hurt a bit. We’ve heard it said and we’ve probably said it too – “This won’t hurt a bit.” And the voice in the back of our head responds – “Sure it won’t hurt a bit, it will hurt a LOT!” Right from the beginning we humans think things shouldn’t hurt and atContinue reading “Won’t Hurt A Bit…”

Ugly Babies

So yesterday we discussed “murdering our darlings.”Today? Ugly babies. I am a newly minted grandmother of one exquisitely handsome grandson (his mother may be reading this) but there are occasionally, so one understands, ugly babies. In his 1994 book on creativity* Ed Catmull (coFounder of Pixar and later president of Disney animation) writes about theContinue reading “Ugly Babies”

Murder Your Darlings

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, writer and lecturer at Cambridge University on the subject of language and literature appears to have been the source of the aphorism, “ Murder your darlings.” “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — whole-heartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript toContinue reading “Murder Your Darlings”

Chaos: like it’s a bad thing…

Monday morning I settled in to do some (overdue) focused work at our weekend house. Within minutes, the painters showed up to to repair the decks and the vibrating sounds of power washing, power sanding and nail guns came at me from all sides. Chaos. No problem, universe. I got this. I can control myContinue reading “Chaos: like it’s a bad thing…”


Somewhere in the intersectional world of Ren & Stimpy* and computer coding a term emerged in the 1990’s called Yak Shaving. Coined by an MIT Ph.D. Carlin Vieri, Yak Shaving is the experience many of us have when we set a straightforward goal but a series of seemingly random, unanticipated and even unrelated tasks appearContinue reading “IF YOU GIVE A YAK A SHAVE”