Not doing nothing

A couple of weeks after the holidays, and after my sixteen-year employment at Big-Ass Consulting came to a surprisingly abrupt—but not unwelcome—end, I attended the retirement party of one of my oldest work buddies.  Enjoying the company of the office OGs (one of whom I had become), I traded holiday chatter with my friends.  “How was yourContinue reading “Not doing nothing”

Purpose schmurpose

(This is substantially longer than my usual entry, so I have sprinkled it with more than the usual number of pictures, for your viewing enjoyment.) You don’t have to find your purpose at your Job, or even in Work.  It’s one option; still, there’s a lot more to being human than Work, and you might find more meaning elsewhereContinue reading “Purpose schmurpose”

Lower your standards

My book club met this weekend to discuss Celeste Headlee’s Do Nothing:  How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving.  Great book.  As you can imagine, I recommend it, and I’m on the same page with her almost completely.  Where I think she doesn’t go far enough is (not unexpectedly) in buying into the concept of work-life balance, soContinue reading “Lower your standards”

How I got here

My wheels ground to a halt just a couple of weeks before the world did, in the early months of 2020.  Before the novel coronavirus was making its stealthy appearance in the United States, I was reeling with anxiety and exhaustion.  I was burned out.  I was depressed.  I felt isolated at work and at home.  My memory was blinkingContinue reading “How I got here”

Forget about Work-Life Balance

Hold on a moment, humor me.  I have something better, and actually attainable, to propose.  Search “work-life balance” on Google and you get 1.65 billion hits.  How to achieve it, tips and tricks and lifehacks, what it is and what it isn’t.   It’s a myth! It’s a dream! It’s about time and prioritization—no, it’s about purpose!  WhateverContinue reading “Forget about Work-Life Balance”