Category: Life Hacks

Your New Year Reboot

Happy New Year! This break has been such a gift. My husband and I both had 3 weeks off from teaching, which gave me a week of normal coaching work, plus additional time to prep for the holidays, 1 week with my family visiting… Continue Reading “Your New Year Reboot”

Resetting the Thermostat On Your Life

When I lived in Boston, whether I was feeling broke or simply in one of my “I should save as much as possible” phases, I would decide that I could lower the thermostat in my condo, and cozy up in wool socks and warm… Continue Reading “Resetting the Thermostat On Your Life”

In Praise of the Expected

  I was incredibly fortunate to have grown up in an almost surreal musical environment where everyone was good. Like, really good. As a group of young musicians, we were almost absurdly good. The bar was high, and in our own individual ways, we… Continue Reading “In Praise of the Expected”

How to Plan For the New Year in an Age of Uncertainty

  All of us planners out there in the world learned an important lesson in 2020. You can make all the plans you want, but… You know how that one ends.  And it’s true, we only have so much control over how things will… Continue Reading “How to Plan For the New Year in an Age of Uncertainty”

Inappropriate Clothing

  I grew up just outside of Chicago, and for the first 18 years of my life, I HATED winter. So, instead of going to sunny California for college as was the plan, I turned down USC and headed to Boston instead.  Because I… Continue Reading “Inappropriate Clothing”

The One Question to Ask When Things Go Wrong

  I was talking to 2 different friends this week about 2 completely different situations: 1 had some important recording sessions that had been in the books for months get postponed for weeks due to the recording engineer getting sick, and the other had… Continue Reading “The One Question to Ask When Things Go Wrong”

Can Stoicism Stave Off Your Impending Burnout?

  Back in my Boston freelance days––you know, the days of feeling both constantly busy and yet hopelessly broke–I experienced something that has stayed with me all these years. It’s something that I keep coming back to again and again whenever things start to… Continue Reading “Can Stoicism Stave Off Your Impending Burnout?”

An Artist’s Struggle for Balance

There’s been an interesting transformation over the last decade or so between what is now known as “Hustle Culture” (complete with those horrid rose gold embossed “Boss Babe” mugs—cringe) and today’s current “Self-Care or Bust” mentality. Don’t get me wrong–we need to take care… Continue Reading “An Artist’s Struggle for Balance”

Finding Inspiration Where You Least Expect It.

  A couple of weeks ago, I found myself at a cozy farm in Canada for a 3-day Creativity retreat with my mastermind group. This trip had been on the books for months, and it was scheduled to coincide with the end of 3… Continue Reading “Finding Inspiration Where You Least Expect It.”

Why It’s So Hard for Artists to Believe in Themselves

I can remember it so clearly. It was a gorgeous spring day—the kind you look forward to for months when you’re living in New England. The kind that puts everyone in a good mood. And I was in a great mood for other reasons… Continue Reading “Why It’s So Hard for Artists to Believe in Themselves”