Lily, the Little Prince and the Fleece

“The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.” Antoine de St Exupéry, The Little Prince Do you remember back in September, when I went on an over-excited rampage aboutContinue reading “Lily, the Little Prince and the Fleece”

Commitments: Why they don’t stick

Why is it so easy, under certain circumstances, to say, “I’m going to do this” and then we just do it, and under others, the thought escapes us, barely it has formed? There is research about this: research about how to set and pursue goals that hold. One of most idiot-proof explanations comes from theContinue reading “Commitments: Why they don’t stick”

Summer Challenge Check-in

Dana K. White, the slob’s hero, who is the driving force behind, what for me, was a life-saving perspective on all things homemaking, invented a term for plasticity of time that “people like us” (that is, creative types who really, truly suck at the every day ins and outs of homemaking) experience. She calls itContinue reading “Summer Challenge Check-in”

The Engineered Summer

Back in June, I was staring down the barrel of a summer that I frankly had no interest in seeing arrive. The prospect of summer meant that my obsessive search for progress and contentment was going to have to take backseat to those two little people who live with me and their indulgent father, who,Continue reading “The Engineered Summer”

Because it makes you feel alive

Somewhere on the spectrum of my Ideal Life, as a function of the themes of Passion, Wise Decisions and Scheduling and Planning lies the theme of Commitments. That word commitment gets pretty bad press, and for good reason. It’s such a personal thing, but more often than not, our commitments impact others. Commitments are aContinue reading “Because it makes you feel alive”

Stop Holding Your Breath

In June, when I started brainstorming my summer, I came to the thought that I desperately needed to find a way to get some order into my days. I needed to know where everyone was going to need to be when. I needed some kind of system that wasn’t something no one would use. ItContinue reading “Stop Holding Your Breath”

Ideal Life Hack: Good Habits and Routines

In my Ideal Life Reel (here, here and here) today on the theme of Good Habits and Routines, I mentioned a productivity hack that I gleaned from the brilliant James Clear called the Paperclip Method. (That link will take you to his article about the method.) I also mentioned my impending sense of doom aboutContinue reading “Ideal Life Hack: Good Habits and Routines”

Synesthesia, or when you eat with your eyes

One of my goals this summer was to make headway on my dislike of cooking by going about the whole process a different way: instead of worrying about how it tastes, which is an area of complete ambivalence for me, I was going to occupy myself with how it looks. For whatever reason, I don’tContinue reading “Synesthesia, or when you eat with your eyes”

Our phenomenal destiny

There is a revelation that I have come to in the last few weeks that has been percolating for years, but that finally has made sense to me:. Thanks to my little challenge of wearing the same four items of clothing on rotation for the last two weeks, I have discovered a truth that hasContinue reading “Our phenomenal destiny”