SUNDAY — The day I planned a lot but actually do nothing. Lovely Goyal

It isn’t my fault. Sunday has a seductive vibe, and it entices us to ditch driving ourselves toward attaining the ultimate nirvana of productive bliss. Giving in to those impulses is easier when you are stuck inside, hiding from 90+ degree heat, 60% humidity, and the threat of severe thunderstorms. Nobody will blame you for wanting to kick back, relax, unwind, get lost in silly cat videos, and cue a binge-watching session of the just-released season of your favorite guilty pleasure.

It never fails. As you ease into forgetfulness, the evil voice in your head begins. No matter how hard…


There’s no magic for getting into the groove… just banging away at it. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music. Phil Collins

I can feel it coming. A monumental shift floats in the night air tonight. The season of suffering, fragmented concentration, reduced productivity, and the resulting irritability, fatigue, and sheer exhaustion are waning. Deep sleep and meditation impart their restorative powers. Rain washes away the grime, promising brighter days. Our hearts knew the situation was temporary, and the best strategy is to ride the rollercoaster — to go with the flow.

At first, the sound is faint, feeling more like a dream than anything tangible. I tumble from my bed, shower, and put on pretty clothes that make me feel human…


If showing up in a robe and tiara with a box of wine is wrong, then maybe I don’t fully comprehend how Casual Friday actually works. Anonymous

It’s a good thing I work from home. I have developed an unwavering attachment to my extra supportive running shoes and my cushy oh-so-comfortable slippers. The endless parade of trendy, office appropriable, break room conversation starters that pinched my feet and left my poor toes scrunched, crunched, and blistered is a relic of the past. I also ditched the professional upper management, somber-colored straight jackets. Their structured waistbands, buttons, and zippers gouged, poked, and scratched me relentlessly as I tried to focus on my work.

It doesn’t imply I have let everything slide into an unkempt, I-just-rolled-out-of-bed aesthetic. With all…


The more challenges you face in life, the more of life you experience — this lived experience gives one the ‘influence’ to impact others’ lives. Lubna Olayan

There is a Spanish saying, “No hay rosa sin espinas.” The translation is, “There are no roses without thorns. Life is rampant with contradictions. Life, death, light, dark, good, evil, ancient, modern, ying, and yang, are the opposite sides of the same coin. Many believe our purpose is to find happiness, become rich, or attain enlightenment. But what if the actual reason is to experience and appreciate everything the world offers? Do we not welcome the warmth of the summer sun after the frigid temperatures of winter? …


True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. Saint Francis de Sales

At the start of this year, when I set my plans and goals, I expected trouble reaching my word count goal. Living in the changing landscape of a pandemic while attempting to finish a house remodeling project, well, I figured things would not go according to my wishes. Nonetheless, I set aside time for writing every day and considered I’d won even if I only wrote for a few minutes.

Discouragement topped my list of feelings about my progress. Thoughts of “I have gotten little done” and “I am so far behind where I should be” were a recurring theme…


Writing is literally transformative. When we read, we are changed. When we write, we are changed. It’s neurological. To me, this is a kind of magic. Francesca Lia Block

I love magic. Books have always provided a ready source of the elixir I crave. The book doesn’t have to be a fantasy with wizards, witches, or supernatural creatures. Books about history sweep me away to another time. Treatises, opinion pieces, and even diatribes expose me to different points of view. It doesn’t matter if the author minted their words yesterday or hundreds of years ago. My perceptions are altered, expanded, and perhaps changed. Being willing to open my mind and consider a different perspective is a daily habit.

But often reading alone is not enough. Writing helps congeal thoughts…


Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half. Bear Bryant

My month-end review reminded me we are one month into the second half of the year. Five months and counting until this year ends. Are you hitting your on-track markers? Or did you join the ranks of most of the resolution breakers and quit in February? Honestly, I don’t make resolutions. I prefer to set my goals, and work towards them. I change, adapt, or alter my trajectory as the weeks and months progress, and I determine how easy or difficult it is to move the needle. It is also the reason I conduct monthly reviews. I don’t consider goals…


It starts with myself. I have to believe in myself and set expectations for myself, set goals for myself, and continue to work for those goals every day. Saquon Barkley

Today the calendar announces the start of a new month and a chance to begin again. There is no one looking over my shoulder, checking to make sure I finish my assignments and complete my goals. My successes and shortcomings rest on my shoulders. I am the boss, the worker bee, the strategic analyst, the creative director, the janitor, and the person who gets the morning coffee for the group.

I scheduled the team’s monthly review meeting, where we congratulated ourselves for hard-won victories, identify places where we fell short, and devise future strategies. We examine the numbers, agree on…


I love to sleep late, and I rarely have the chance to. Izabel Goulart

The biggest weekend perk is the chance to sleep late. I may have a delayed sleep phase disorder. It is a phenomenon where an individual ends up falling asleep after the standard bedtimes of most folks. For years, I believed I suffered from insomnia. Aren’t we all supposed to nod off at 10 pm and rise eight hours later? The problem is, I hit my second wind around nine and don’t become tired enough to relax and fall asleep until well after midnight. But having to conform to social norms requires me to set my alarm for 5 am.

Thanks…


When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes. Oprah Winfrey

I’m an optimist. I can’t bear to contemplate the gloomy and unpleasant alternative — those pessimists are way too depressing. As a child, I remember watching people spout gloom and doom. They predicted the sky’s falling and swore we were going to hell in a handbasket. I trembled in my shoes, cowered under my covers, and prayed the boogeyman wouldn’t creep from under my bed to carry me into the night. Each morning the sun arrived to banish the darkness, and a brilliant blue sky buoyed my hope.

Their predictions rarely came true, and I learned to dismiss their warnings…

Jo Hawk

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