3 Ways to Increase Joy as an Entrepreneur
Last month I held SMASH, my monthly administrative meetup at thinkspace, and invited my cohort of executive assistants, senior assistants, office managers and the like, and we explored a topic that drew in great discussion: wellness at work. Though I support the CEO and Founder of thinkspace, I also work
Are You Finding Joy?
By now you've probably at least heard the name Marie Kondo, the Japanese decluttering expert who's been trending all over social media. People are binging episodes of "Tidying Up," her Netflix Original series and if you haven't been able to follow along, you should definitely watch this clip of her
Working Near Water: Why You Should Do It
One of my favorite things about thinkspace Seattle is that I can see so clearly over Lake Union to Eastlake and no matter today or in five years, it will be the same or similar view; that is they won't be building on top of water anytime soon. I also
Popsicle Stick Time Management
I recently read the book Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (President of Pixar). The book's tagline is to overcome the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration. Chapter by chapter, Catmull unlocks creative leadership ideas by effective (and vulnerable) story telling. He shares his own journey in
How to decline a meeting.
Last week, I axed a weekly meeting. The three other people in on this weekly meeting are incredible, and I've learned a lot from our time together. But, besides enjoying their conversation, there was no reason to keep on meeting. What we had set out to achieve had been accomplished. Canceling this
We are made for Labor Day.
So, I gotta be honest. Up until writing this post, I actually didn't know the history behind Labor Day. Why question a 3-day weekend, right? For the majority of my teens and twenties, Labor Day was simply the weekend I saw Dave Matthews at the Gorge before heading back to school. But
5 Ways to Clear Your Head to Increase Concentration
We all have times when we feel very unproductive and have a hard time focusing on our tasks. Finding inspiration can turn into a major problem if you don't fuel and rest your brain from time to time. But--to the rescue!--there are some easy ways to “unstick” your brain: 1. Take a
No expectations, no disappointments.
I'm a planner. I'm a goal-setter. I love the strategy that goes along with discerning a five-year strategic plan. But in addition to my goal-setting-strategic-planning posture, I've found that I also need to embrace the discipline of having no expectations. The things that frustrate, anger, and irritate me have one thing in common: I don't
I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.
I’ve tried my hand at time management. Which I’m okay at. But at times, I still busy myself and over commit to things. Part of me really likes being busy. And another part of me has a hard time saying “no.” And I know, I know…saying “yes” to one thing means saying “no” to something
Maybe the grass IS greener on the other side…
Perhaps there is some truth to the saying "the grass is greener on the other side." We can always find greener grass than the grass we're standing on. But instead of getting caught up in comparison-mode, re-route your perspective back to yourself. Pining for another person's green "grass" (someone else's life, career, marriage,