“No-Fail” Friday: You first (x2)

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Who doesn’t love a good throwback? This post was originally published on July 15, 2016. Don’t worry, it’s a classic. You’ll love it. ;-) 

How are you feeling this Friday? Although it doesn’t always feel like it these days, the last day of the workweek is usually synonymous with lightness and fun. Even if your schedule is packed with meetings, the knowledge that you’re about to break free for two whole days is usually cause for celebration, and a great big exhale. Even if you’ve got projects galore and other responsibilities to tend to, at least they feel a little bit more on your terms. Plus, you can make time for a little relaxation, so you can start next week totally refreshed, right? Don’t worry, I hear you laughing…refreshed on Monday? What is that? It is possible, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not only about MondayRead More


Care-full (x2)

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This post was originally published on July 13, 2016.

A while back, we talked about the times when life puts you on the bench, and tries its best to give you no choice but to take a break. Whether it’s illness, injury, or that particular kind of fatigue that makes you feel like you’re moving through molasses, those are the moments when it’s your job to take care of you. With the pace of our lives these days, we often fight that directive and push through, trying to stay or get back “on track” as soon as possible. Of course, that usually means that getting better takes way longer than it should or needs to, or we end up crashing completely with nothing left in the tank.

If we can’t take care of ourselves when we’re physically injured or depleted, what does that mean about the times when our bodies aren’t giving out? How do we respond when it’s our mind, our heart – or just our being – that is asking us for some TLC? In some ways, those messages can be much easier to dismiss or ignore, but that doesn’t mean they go away or that they aren’t important.  Read More


No-Fail Friday: Update & restart

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I don’t want to try to speak for you, but I’m guessing that maybe it hasn’t been the easiest week. Campuses and offices are back in full swing after winter holidays, workloads are building back up, and also…well, as we talked about earlier this week, the world as you know it may feel like it’s suddenly, rapidly changing. It can be a lot to try to manage at once, this combination of the mundane, the annoying and the epic. It’s hard to know where to put your energy, or how to find any energy at all. I definitely get it, which is why this weekend’s “no-fail” mindfulness challenge is going to cover two important bases: restoring, and then, rebooting.

We can’t have you this confused and exhausted for the foreseeable future, can we? There’s too much work to be done, and you’re too capable not to be doing it.  Read More