Other People’s Words of Wisdom for 2018

I love this post from UniquelyHR, where five Seattle leaders shared their suggestions for having a resoundingly great 2018.

My takeaways:

  • Be fully present (Minda Brusse). Whatever you’re engaged in, try to allow yourself the luxury of wholly engaging in it. Even if you’ve only got five minutes, read the heck out of that article you clicked on. Put together an appealing snack. Listen (really listen) to your partner tell a story.
  • Be intentional (Halley Bock). This involves a mantra: “This is what I’m going to accomplish today.” You’re going to be besought with distractions. You’re going to have to be aware of how often you let yourself get sidetracked. You might even start out with too big a goal and have to pare it down. But holding on to just one thing you can do, and then actually doing that one thing, will go a long way toward feeling that yes, you did something meaningful today.
  • Embrace your passions (Susan Mann). You want to sit and work on a puzzle for the next half hour, surf YouTube for cat videos, or finally take up ballroom dancing? I say: Do it! If I hadn’t, I’d still be sitting here as a writer and not an author. You may feel that there are too many demands on your time, but you deserve to reserve at least a corner of your own life just for you. What’s really holding you back?
  • Recognize what gives you strength (Leslie Feinzaig). Strength comes in many forms. Deep-rooted contentment is a strength. So is getting that difficult task done and out of the way. So too is caring about what you do. Get the picture? Look for what makes you feel good and grounded, whether it’s organizing your dresser, volunteering, or petting a guinea pig. All big things are made of little things.
  • Give yourself time to feel what you’re going to feel (Nancy Jensen). There’s a lot of pressure this time of year to be joyous, energetic, grateful. . .and not as much support for feeling stressed out, mournful, or just plain fed up. Plus we’re capable of multiple feelings at the same time; ain’t life grand? So when you find yourself overwhelmed, take a moment to just FEEL. Feel the happiness you have for some things, and the nostalgia for others. Then reflect on what you’re feeling and see what you can learn for the year to come.

And finally. . .

Pay attention to the people and activities that give me energy versus the ones that deplete it.” – Minda Brusse.

I’ll bet someone or some things come to mind!

What are your words of wisdom for 2018?

Speaking of guinea pigs, this is Lily Belle, one half of our new sister-duo of guinea pigs!

The Trouble With Goals Is…

You have to keep them!

My sudden, arbitrary, started-January-7-or-so goal for this year was to blog every day so I’d have something tangible to look back on in this realm.

Except more recently, I’ve found myself playing catch-up. Oops!

I could probably find oodles of posts supporting my theory that 6 months into anything will find you in a slump or plateau.


This is a takin, and he doesn’t seem too concerned about slumps.

But the fact that I recognize the little voice in the back of my head is saying, “Come ON!” for a good reason is helping me keep going…

…even if it’s a few days late, sometime.

What gets you out of YOUR slump? How do you meet a goal?


Don’t you worry, I’ll get there.

My Dad, The Cyclopath


Not my dad’s bike, but a great shot from http://visitrainier.com!


“No falls, flats, or fangs!”

That’s what my dad says when he returns from a successful bicycle ride.

He’s in his 70s. He’s been bicycling on the weekends since I was in high school. Now retired, he bicycles outside on every good day. He finally decided to stop bicycling for the year in December.

In fact, I asked him how many miles he’d clocked just outside in 2015, and he somberly replied, “2,500.” He’d missed his goal of 3,000.

But he blamed the weather for that.

He usually brings his pipe along. One of his bicycling jerseys looks like a tuxedo. “I like to look nice,” he says.

I’m not kidding about this

On not-so-good days, he’ll cycle indoors on an equally retired bike.  He has a TV, but prefers to face the picture window instead so he can imagine he’s outside.

“I also turn on the football game and watch the reflection in the window. I like seeing millionaires busting into each other,” he says.

He props a word search book on the handlebars and plays songs like The Freckle Song and Copycat to pass the time. (And let’s not forget Tiger Haynes, but that’s a whole ‘nother post right there.)

“Otherwise it gets boring, and who wants to exercise when it’s boring?” he says.

His total mileage for 2015 was 6,000 miles.

All these things may go into why he calls himself a Cyclopath.

But this post is really about advice, so…

In addition to those three Fs up at the top–no falls, flats, or fangs–my dad has another three Fs of bicycling that you can apply to just about anything else.

Three Fs to Remember:

It’s NOT about how FAST you go.

It’s NOT about how FAR you go.

It IS about how FREQUENTLY you do it!

Here’s another way to look at it:

You know what they say about sitting too much: It can kill you! Yikes!

I suppose something has to, but all the same, I try to remember to get up and move around, even if it’s only for a little bit at a time.

Remember that all big things are made up of little things.

This means making your milestones achievable so you won’t wear yourself out before you’ve even reached your goal.

Plus, you’re more likely to miss really awesome things along the way that might have made a difference to your whole perspective.

And don’t forget, bicycle or not, 10 miles one way is another 10 miles back!

One last bit of dad-wisdom

This is what I hear when I’m dithering about hopping on my own bicycle:

“Go because you want to, not because you have to!”

And then I do.


See, I wasn’t kidding!

What gets you up & going?


Originally posted on LinkedIn.