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June 14, 2017

This morning I went to my local Peet's Coffee and ordered the same drink I order every morning: a medium almond milk latte with cinnamon steamed into the milk.

Except I really didn't have to.

You see, I order it with such frequency that the crew already knows my drink be...

June 5, 2017

The other day, a friend paid me a strange yet wonderful compliment. He said that the word I used most was noticed, as in “I noticed that you ______.”

He went on to explain that I pay attention to things, but more importantly, I take action.

Read that last part again: I t...

May 6, 2017

I love to write.

Actually, I love to express myself. Which can come in handy when I'm trying to write but feel stuck.

When I hit a wall, creatively-speaking, my favorite way to get unstuck is to walk away from the computer and get dirty.

No, really. I'm talking paint-spla...

April 14, 2017

You're perfectly rational, right?

You always make good decisions, you're fair and thoughtful, and would never let something interfere with your logical demeanor.

The bad news: you're kidding yourself.

The good news: you can do something to improve your decision-making.

Unf...

March 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested that I've been "hiding" for years.

Not hibernating, which implies a conscious decision to withdraw or be in seclusion.

But hiding. In plain sight. Careerwise, that is.

He observed that I had subconsciously placed myself at the periphery...

March 24, 2017

Last night during our volleyball playoffs, I had a pretty good game. My serves were strong, and my sets led to powerful spikes (and smartly placed dinks).

But it was my work as a back row defender that really stood out.

Though our undefeated opponents had ringers as...

March 19, 2017

"Italian permeates the system."

That's what my Dad used to say when we'd ask about our family’s background. Of course, this would produce eye-rolling from my Mom (the only non-Italian in the house) and giggles from my sisters and me.

But it turns out he was right.

Well, k...

March 8, 2017

Sticking my tongue out.

It's a dead giveaway that I'm concentrating and working hard to make something happen.

This has been my “tell” since I was a little girl, as evidenced by this photo from my preschool days. In it, I've (literally) rolled up my sleeves and am workin...

February 7, 2017

My dog is a fan of four-letter words.

Specifically, ball, ride, and park. Of course, he understands lots of other non-four-letter words, too, it's just that when you say one of the words above, he immediately responds in a favorable way.

For my dog Rigby, straightforward...

January 30, 2017

When we first met, my husband referred to me as a "glowing ball of happiness." And for the most part, that moniker has remained true to who I am: a relentlessly positive and infectiously enthusiastic person.

Until I'm not.

Because even a glowing ball of happiness will ex...