The Pomodoro Technique has changed the way I work on my to-do list. Pomodoro is a time management system that breaks time into chunks with pre-scheduled breaks. First we’ll show you how the technique works and then explain why it is a great idea for busy women. Read the rest of this entry
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Still, it has been a pleasure to share the things I’ve learned this month with you, and to hear about some of your experiences, too. Here are some of the most popular posts from this month and some of the most insightful things you had to say about them. Read on for the winner of our Gift from the Sea give-away and resources for more self-reflection. Read the rest of this entry
For Presidents’ Day weekend, my family travelled from Maryland to Georgia to visit my little sister and her new baby. The car trip is about ten hours with two adults—closer to fourteen with a toddler. Driving it without my unlicensed husband’s help is no small feat.
You can understand why I felt like I was in a hurry. And why I got pulled over for speeding. Twice.
Two very sympathetic officers softened the consequences of my actions. But I’m so grateful for the lessons I learned about rushing on the road—and through my life. Read the rest of this entry
About six months ago, a few days of self-reflection showed me something I didn’t want to see: I needed help. Life had gotten to overwhelming and I just couldn’t do it on my own anymore. I started looking for psychiatric care.
There had been many difficult weeks and months over the past decade or so in my life when I’d asked myself, “Do I need to see someone?” But the idea of therapist made me nervous. I didn’t know what to expect from psychotherapy, and I wasn’t sure what being in therapy would mean about myself.
To kick off our Month of Self-Reflection, an anonymous British guest poster shares her reaction to the Olympic loss of pentathlete Mhairi Spence and what it taught her about her own successes and failures. (Read more about Mhairi…)
For one, a Month of Self-Reflection is a nice follow-up to a Month of Self-Care. Self-reflection and self-care are really two halves of the same whole: learning to take care of myself inside and out.
Besides, even the most introspective of us can use a little focus. It’s one thing to have my head in the clouds, but it’s another entirely to have some honest self-assessment that yields real results. Read the rest of this entry
Even at one and a half, Thomas is his own person. And he’ll make sure you know it, too. He has to try everything for himself first, before he’ll let anyone help him. (When given the chance, he tries to change his own diaper by putting on a new one over his pants.) He wants to do everything Adam and I do, down to cleaning and cooking. And he wants to make choices for himself.
While it’s wonderful getting to know our son a little better every day, this willfulness was taking its toll. We wondered, “Where is the line between helping Thomas and enabling his bad behavior?”—and “Are we turning our child into a spoiled brat?” Read the rest of this entry