Choose Your Suffering

Choose Your Suffering

“No, I’m not having fun – but this might be better than fun.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience When I worked at my first job out of vet school, I lived alone. There were weekends –...
Just. Pack. Snacks.

Just. Pack. Snacks.

In every post I read about job dissatisfaction and burnout, someone mentions going hours without eating.   This is something I literally cannot do. I become increasingly useless, grouchy, and shaky, and my stomach starts to cramp and puff up. I deal very poorly...
Steep Learning Curves Build Muscle

Steep Learning Curves Build Muscle

I went on a bike ride with a friend last year along a rail trail. I think this was the first time I’d ridden a bike in literally 25 years. It was a beautiful afternoon, but this ride was seriously ugly. There were a million people on the trail: kids on bikes and...
Be Your Own Best Client

Be Your Own Best Client

“Dogs and cats are not small people,” I’ve said to more than one client. I love my little dog to the point of ridiculousness (he has several theme songs and I would probably actually kill someone who knowingly hurt him) but the fact of the matter is, he and I belong...
Balance is Boring

Balance is Boring

So much time is devoted these days to discussing BALANCE. Job postings offer work-life balance. Millennials are said to value balance more than their parents did. Instagram influencers show polished tablescapes featuring cappuccino in an inspirational mug, open laptop...
The Diamond Cutter

The Diamond Cutter

Once, when I was a teenager, I went on vacation with my family and there was a girl staying there who looked like a model from Seventeen magazine. She was tall and willowy and had hips and endless legs. She was also only 13. Looking back now, she was probably in for a...

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