Defragging my Calendar

I'm regularly trying new calendar hacks in an attempt to gain control and freedom over my days. (Here are some of my top calendar hacks.) My newest trick is to defrag my calendar into working groups. The idea to defrag…

My Wander Exercise

Just before a vacation to the mountains, my coach suggested that I do a "wander" exercise while I was out in the wilderness. Here's roughly how it worked. To begin, you head to the outdoors. Go for a…

Beginner's Mind

I love this article in The New York Times, (It's Great to) Suck at Something. "If we accept our failures and persevere nonetheless, we might provide a respite from the imperative to succeed and instead find acceptance in trying.…

Wildflowers

I took the day off work yesterday and hiked in the Malibu hills. The wildflowers were even more spectacular than anticipated. The yellows, whites, reds, purples, oranges, and greens were simply amazing. California, you win.…

Relax Something

My yoga teacher will often say "relax something" when we're in the midst of some insanely hard pose. It's a simple thing, but it always works. I realize that I can relax my jaw, my tongue, my shoulders,…

Things I Didn't Buy

Earlier this year, I changed the title of my "Wants" list to "Things I didn't buy." I got the idea for the switch from Tina Roth Eisenberg, also known as swissmiss. This small change has made…

Low Tide

One of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles is the joy of the beach, especially at low tide and, better yet, in the winter months. In the off season, the beach is practically empty. To live in a city…