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Our Choices, Our Lives

Mark Zuckerberg famously marked his return from paternity leave by posting a “what should I wear?” photo of a lineup of grey t-shirts and hoodies. Steve Jobs, known for wearing a black mock turtleneck and jeans every day, reportedly returned from a trip to Japan wanting his employees to wear uniforms to work. These men are not alone — a cursory web search on this topic returns article after article about successful people wearing the same thing to work every day. Their logic is simple: eliminating decisions saves mental energy. Read more

Life Design: Choosing YES

Sometimes the universe seems to open up — delivering interesting ideas, people, and opportunities seemingly out of the blue. Or, as Elizabeth Gilbert puts it in Big Magic, it may be that we open up at various points in time, providing more space for newness to land in our orbit. These times in our lives feel full of optimism and hope – enabling us to make room for things we may have previously thought didn’t or couldn’t fit. Read more

January Deliciousness: Flaxseed Fruit Muffins

Soup Sundays are back in our house (we made this delicious 30-minute turkey chili this week), and have reminded me how comforting a few basic weekly rituals are.

In the food department, we’ve added in a second staple after enjoying these delicious muffins over the holidays in the Midwest.  Everyone in the house loves them, and they’re a great breakfast to go and anytime snack.  We’ve made batches during the past few weekends and enjoyed them all week — using the recipe below (courtesy of my mom), you can too.  Enjoy! Read more

The Gift That Guided Me Back to Work

A few weeks ago, as I prepared to return to full-time work, I asked my kids (well, the two capable of responding) how they felt about me heading back to the office. My daughter’s brow furrowed as she sorted through the sea of uncertainty I knew was teetering behind her stiff upper lip, but her older brother surprised me by quickly and cheerfully replying, “I think it’s great, mom.” Read more

52 Hikes

I get my best ideas when I’m hiking,” remarked my 7-year-old son in the car ride home from the trail head a few weeks ago.  He hadn’t yet figured out how difficult his idea was going to be to implement (he wanted to build a time machine), so we just let him soak in the endorphin-fueled anticipation of what could be and hoped he didn’t want to dive into the execution details. Read more

Looking Ahead

Hello!

First, I want to say THANKS SO VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH for following Wellfesto. This little project began three years ago when I decided to focus a bit of time and energy every single day to write about topics that mattered to me…and I hoped mattered to the people around me (e.g., to YOU). Read more

15 Ways to Make Room: In Your Mind, In Your Days, In Your Years

So often, I hear people say things like “I’m going to work hard for the next X years so that I can then spend more time with my kids later,” or “I’m going to get my life in order before the holidays so I can start working out for real after the holidays are over,” or “I’m going to get through this busy stretch of work events and then start cooking healthier meals at home.” My personal refrain is often “I’ll make more time to write when [my work slows down, my children get older, insert a million other excuses here].” Read more

Life Design: How To Run a Family Meeting

That sounds like a topic for the family meeting, mom. I think you should add it to the agenda for this Sunday,” said our 7-year-old son last week. While a few years ago I might have cringed at the idea of a child using the word “agenda” to describe anything happening in our household, I’ve come around to embrace the benefits a bit of structure offers. Read more

You Are An Athlete

You are an athlete if you know your body’s edges and boundaries. If you have ever tested the unique limits of your muscles, your breath, or your mind, you are an athlete.

You are an athlete if your very favorite high comes from a pulse that beats faster and sweat that beads your brow. If you have ever been acutely aware of the heartbeat in your chest, you are an athlete. Read more

Leaning into Life…Together

The #LeanInTogether campaign launched earlier this year did an amazing job shining a bright light on the power of partnership. The campaign – focused on the role of men in creating an equal world for both genders – brought men into the work/life dialogue in a natural and beautiful way. For me personally, it also made me reflect on the fact that having a true partner is a rare gift not to be taken for granted.  A gift that needs regular love and care. Read more

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