Think beyond the jump
In college I rode on the equestrian team. Our trainer used to tell us to “think beyond the jump.” This is so important because horses can intuit whether you’re timid. The analogy works in life too. When I need to face something difficult, I tell myself to think beyond the jump. I envision a positive outcome, and that gives me more confidence in the moment.
Up dog for perspective
I now know that whole work/life balance thing is a myth. But the best career tip I’m still learning is to take care of myself so I can take care of my business and my family. I work on life projects on the weekend and I’ve worked 20 minutes of yoga into my weekday morning routine, which makes me feel more relaxed and ready for the day.
Down dog for relaxation
I’m inspired by people who show me how to make a better difference in my life and work. I love learning about business and leadership as well as animal welfare and care. Because I don’t turn off my brain much, I do need time to truly recharge. I need at least a week at the ocean or mountains with my family a couple of times a year to get into a more creative mindset and let the hassles of everyday life fall away. My husband of 22 years and I are building a cabin in the mountains so we can get away more often.
Craving culinary creativity
I’m excited to learn to cook better. I’ve been working at it, but when my children were little, like many families, we resorted to emergency meals. Now I can get back to making nice meals. My favorite meal is breakfast. I make a mean breakfast quiche and made-from-scratch fluffy waffles with warmed maple syrup.
Harness Pomodoro power
My efficiency tip: Use the Pomodoro Technique. Train yourself to focus on only one task for a brief, concentrated, distraction-free, defined moment of time, then take a short break before starting the next task. Cranking out one task at a time is the most efficient way for me to check things off the list.