Plaid Paddle Musings & More

Are You More Stubborn than you Think?

Trying Something New I was at a weekend Yoga & Mindfulness retreat up North with a really cool group of women when I decided to attend the workshop on mindful eating. I chose to go to that sessions because I’m not sure, but I don’t think that my desire to eat my...

When Excuses Dress up as Decisions

The very best excuses don't sound like excuses at all, they sound like carefully thought out decisions backed up with conviction. Maybe even a fist-pump if you're into that sort of thing. The excuses that I want to call out fall into two genres, but they are both...

Chasing the Back-to-School High

I’ve been chasing the back-to-school high for over twenty years. I have yet to recapture the intensity of the magical feeling of having a fresh clean slate combined with reset button. When I was in school, each September I felt an absolute certainty that this year I...

Noticing When Habits go Wrong

I hate cold water*. Let me elaborate… First of all, I define any body of water that is not flat out tropical, as cold. And I reject the whole “oh it’s so nice once you get in” thing, because the entire problem is getting in. I’m that person. You can judge. I’m the one...

Don’t Let the News Cycle Win

The News Cycle Sucks I lost an entire day because I got caught up in the proclamations declaring the world to be a huge dumpster fire. I clicked and scrolled, and clicked and scrolled some more through the news and news analysis websites. It completely drained me, and...

Why I Resisted a “Gratitude Practice”

Gratitude Practice Sounds... Not like me I cringe at some of the overly ernest and fluffy stuff that pops up in the coaching world, and to me, "Gratitude Practice" just sounded like a new-age way of defining appreciation. And actually, there is so much superficial...

"What if you were always as productive as the day before a vacation?"

"A motivational quote never changed a life"

"I wish I had procrastinated and stayed on the couch surfing Facebook" said no one ever

"Because not everyone is going to wake up at 5:00am"