Two Years Without Purpose

Two years ago, on the morning before a new year and a new chapter, I sat in front of the woodstove without plan or purpose. I watched the light come up over the White Mountains, painting the sky with strokes of lavender, orange, and pink, before muddling the canvas grey. A snowstorm was on theContinue reading “Two Years Without Purpose”

Masks, but make it fashion.

Twice a year, I turn over my closet. In the spring, I pack away wool sweaters and attempt to iron the wrinkles out of linen pants and cotton dresses and hang them ready to wear. In the winter, I reverse the process. It’s a habit born from too many clothes and not enough closet space,Continue reading “Masks, but make it fashion.”

Reinvention Part 1: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Me

On Saturday I watched Miss Americana, the new Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix. In it, Taylor bemoans, “We exist in this society where women in entertainment are discarded in an elephant graveyard by the time they are 35.” And yet, the next day, on Superbowl Sunday, there was 50-year old Jennifer Lopez putting on anContinue reading “Reinvention Part 1: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Me”

Whatever I want

As I unclipped Rangeley’s leash at doggy daycare yesterday morning, I wondered, as I usually do, what must they think?  “She doesn’t have a job. What does she do all day that she can’t take care of the dog?”  Brushing off the imagined judgment, I tick through the items on my to-do list. It’s notContinue reading “Whatever I want”

Five Midlife Reinvention Strategies

Call it a midlife crisis or a midlife reinvention or a reaction to the turbulent time in which we are living, more and more people are reevaluating their careers and their lifestyles, and thinking longingly about dreams deferred by choice or by circumstance. If you’re lucky enough, you leave your job and set out toContinue reading “Five Midlife Reinvention Strategies”

More than a photo |the transformative value of professional headshots

As a child, I mugged for the camera, but somewhere along the way, I began to see photos of myself differently. Maybe it started when, at seventeen, the photographer taking my Senior pictures asked me if it was possible for me to smile and keep my eyes open at the same time. Many years later,Continue reading “More than a photo |the transformative value of professional headshots”

Typecast | Becoming more than my career

When I was in high school and first considering potential careers, my mother advised, “learn to type, and you will always have a job.” She wasn’t wrong. In 1990, I was 28, a college drop-out with a patchwork job history that included receptionist at an alcohol and drug abuse treatment center, Avon lady, newspaper copyContinue reading “Typecast | Becoming more than my career”

Five things I didn’t expect from my life coach

When you’re in the Bahamas for Christmas, far away from home’s single-digit temperatures, and you’re miserable, it’s probably time to reflect. I brought all my work-related anxiety with me on that holiday and couldn’t find the right mix of tropical rum drinks and dunks in the cyan sea to wash it away. That’s where myContinue reading “Five things I didn’t expect from my life coach”