Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Trust Yourself

Dear girl, Yes, you always will be a girl—or at least part of you will. Fifty feels decidedly ungirlish, I know, but believe me when I tell you this: fifty truly is nifty. Such a great age! The hard work of growing up, navigating relationships, figuring out what it means...Read more +
Sep 14, 2014

The Evaluation: Performance Reviews

When you think “performance review,” do you start grumbling to yourself? Do your palms start to sweat? Do you roll your eyes and mutter about “The Man?” Or do you stare into the mirror and smile, practicing your best superficial self-report? If you hate performance reviews, you’re not alone. In...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: You Are Amazing, No Matter What

For a while, every time the phone rang during the months of August and September, I got a knot in my stomach. That’s when all of the big reorgs and layoffs would happen, after the budgets for the next year had been decided. I was one of a handful of...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: Dealing With Upheaval

It was the day before Father’s Day a few years ago and I was planting flowers in the bare spots in the garden. I knelt in the garden alongside our garage, moving the last plant out of its pot and into the ground. I patted the dirt around the new...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Reconsidering Retirement

As Baby Boomers age, traditional American retirement seems impossible. In June, TIME Magazine's cover story proclamed: "2030: The Year Retirement Ends." The years after 2030, the article prognosticates, "won't be the years that recent generations have known." A typical retiree (an educated, 64-year-old Gen X businesswoman) will be living on...Read more +
Sep 10, 2014

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?
Three people on the same job site have very different perspectives on their work.Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

Trust God

Isaiah 41:10
A few weeks ago, I turned 50. As I was approaching 50, I began thinking a lot about all that has happened since I arrived at an American boarding school as a scared fifteen-year-old from Iran. What would I tell that scared and lonely fifteen year-old version of me? How...Read more +
Sep 12, 2014

A Pollyanna-ish Psalm?

Psalm 112:1-10
When we refer to someone as a Pollyanna, we don’t usually mean it as a compliment. Pollyanna-ish people always look on the bright side, so much so that they seem to ignore the genuine pain and unhappiness of life. In fact, our words “Pollyanna” and “Pollyanna-ish” are based on a...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: It's Not So Easy

The new Executive Director called half the staff into the conference room. We all waited for her to speak, and when she did, our hearts rose and sank almost in the same moment. “You are here because you have survived the re-organization,” she said. “You will be keeping your positions,...Read more +