Posts Written OnAugust 2015

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

  What are your thoughts on asking for help? Not emergency call-911-kind-of-help, mind you. I’m talking about asking for help in a workplace or professional situation. Confession – I totally suck at it. Ask anyone. I wasn’t always this way. I believe it started in earnest long a few years ago when I began to get fixated with doing it all and doing it all PERFECTLY. Which, of course, was impossible. So there I was, drowning in responsibilities and refusing to ask coworkers or board members or colleagues for help. You can probably guess where this tale is going, right? STRAIGHT DOWN…

How Full Is Your Bucket?

  A few years ago, I had an important meeting at work that started promptly at 8 a.m. As any mom knows, when you have an event to attend, and it’s mandatory that you arrive at a specific time, your children will do everything in their power to make you late. That morning was no different. After finally dropping my eldest child off at preschool and then pulling into the company parking lot, I ran a quarter mile from the my car to the building, sprinted up two flights of escalator stairs—in heels—and then dashed to the meeting room, filled with…

  I grew up spending lots of vacation time in sleepy little beach towns over summer break. We’d stay a week in Litchfield, SC, just south of Myrtle Beach, with my dad’s side of the family every June. “The Timmons” cottage slept 10 of us comfortably, but without any frills or fanciness. It sat right on the beach—we had our own walkway across the dunes and right out to the soft, white sand—and the entire inside of the house was filled with knotty pine (walls and all). Its furniture could’ve lived just as easily outside as it did inside, and yet…