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The best personality type game I’ve ever played


Last week I announced that I’m discounting my coaching sessions from $350 to $150. I have never discounted sessions in the ten years that I’ve been coaching, but I decided to do it because I need to stick to a sleeping schedule and I thought if I schedule coaching calls to wake up and go to bed then I’ll get a schedule.

I finally found the secret to waking up early


Now that I am finally writing again, I’m so excited to tell you what’s been happening. And I have all these pictures I took, thinking, this will be good for the blog.

Are you having a break or a breakdown?


So often in my life I have felt like I’m failing when I’ve actually been taking a break. After college I had various odd jobs and every night I read books.

An ode to my top commenter


For a while, when I was pregnant and blogs were still new, I was the top commenter on my blog. And of course, every post I write is sort of an ode to me, or at least an ode to the current diatribe-colored glasses I’m wearing.

How to cope with the need for external validation


The reason I’m not homeless after basically taking a year off from writing is that I have been doing a lot of coaching.

My fascination with resilience starts with 9/11


After the World Trade Center fell, those of us who were there were divided into therapy groups. Sorted by trauma.

I am so sick of my advice


In the Mailbag section of my site I answered a question from a woman who is worried about becoming financially dependent on her spouse if she doesn’t work.If you’ve been reading my writing for even a short amount of time, you already know what I told her: All people who have children are dependent on their partner.

My son was accepted to Juilliard!


This is my son on registration day at Juilliard. We are so excited. But not surprised. That’s what happens when you work this hard.

My startup is imploding. I mean pivoting.


Last week my older son took the SAT subject test for biology. He was supposed to take the AP test for biology but I didn’t realize that you have to start registering a homeschooler for AP tests around the time a NYC parent would start registering their child for preschool: in the womb.

What it’s like to audition at Juilliard. When you’re 11.


The first round of auditions for Juilliard’s pre-college program is by video. From December to March my son practiced for three hours a day to prepare.

Commencement speeches are garbage. College graduation is terrifying.


Slight Uncertainty by Michal Trpák The platitudes of graduation speeches are so damaging. It sets you up for some magical moment when you enter adulthood and the world of opportunity opens up to you.

Get outside input to identify your patterns


The only way I can write this is to tell myself I won’t publish it. I don’t even know how to write it.

Our happiness depends on the stories we tell ourselves


If you are a person who loves your garden, people send you pictures of your garden. It’s a way of saying thank you for making a nice place to enjoy.

Silicon Valley CEO pleads no contest to beating his wife.


Yesterday Daily Beast released extremely disturbing recordings made by Neha Rastogi, a quality assurance manager, of her husband, Abhishek Gattani, who is CEO of the startup Cuberon.

Is it okay if I don’t want kids?


I see how it feels so easy to just say no to kids. Having kids is irrational. They do not make us happier.

Meet the people who are best at meeting goals


I tell my husband tidbits about the kids because part of my strategy to get him to relocate to Swarthmore is to keep him feeling close to us.

What its like to have a career you love: Not what you think.


People who love their career are people who will always figure out how to love their work. There are people who love to work and people who love to do other things.

Improve goal-setting by understanding how it fails


I take anti-anxiety drugs. I say that so I can deny that they also function as anti-depressants. Because I think I’m too old to still be depressed from a traumatic childhood.

The secret weapon for helping people with Aspergers succeed as adults


I coached this guy Tanner who invented a thing to make milk flow smoothly in tubes and now he’s a millionaire tech CEO.

Grit is overrated; the hardest worker never wins


The people with the most grit are really poor or really neglected and they overcome those circumstances. But why aspire to that?


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