Book: The Gifts of Imperfection

A book recommendation at the perfect time is a gift. That’s what The Gifts of Imperfection (Amazon) was for me when my coach recommended it. It’s hard, as a result, to describe what I got out of it – I read it in 3 (weekday, working) days – in this place of yes yes yes this […]

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The Goals Spreadsheet

At the end of the year, my coach had me make a list of 40 goals for 2017. They range from the very professional to the very personal. From the serious to the purely for fun. Of course, I broke them into sections and put them in a spreadsheet. At the start of each month I […]

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I Send Love Letters from Airports

January 3, 2016, I sent an email to 66 friends from CGD. In it, I wrote about falling in love with the Eiffel tower, spinning around in circles, and the entwined history of luggage and travel. July 1, 2017, another email from CDG. This time to 322 people. I wrote about an early morning walk […]

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On Coaching

I’ve been working with a coach for the best part of a year now. I started because I called my friend Camille stressed out of my mind and she said – like a good friend will – you need someone to do this for you. It was one of the most helpful pieces of advice […]

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Item: One Passport

I keep my passport in a case that says “without this I’m nothing”. I love this case, because I love the friend who gave it to me, and because that is exactly how I feel about my passport. I’m sure in German there’s a word for the adventurer’s fear of being separated from their passport. I […]

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One of Those Days

I had one of those days last week. I woke up later than I wanted to, and it took me a while to get moving. Then just as I was getting started, I realized that I had to deal with some insurance thing, which was – of course – a complete pain. Eventually, I was out […]

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This Week

Life Getting random beauty treatments here in BA. This week I tried this thing that my roommate and I call “Electrocution” (they name it something less terrifying at the salon). And also got a massage, which was good. Finally found good sushi! And hung out with people a lot more than has been normal lately. Checked […]

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The Kill List

Nearly a year ago now, I took myself off to Paris. I wanted to see the Eiffel tower, practise my French, and go for long walks in the crisp cold and contemplate. Starting work again after a year as an international fuckwit of no fixed address, one thing on my mind a lot was time. […]

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This Week

Life Went to the spa for a random beauty treatment involving being frozen, and a facial, and laser. Also got a massage, which was great – needed! Worked out, read books, did a little exploring of the botanical gardens, and found some new places to eat. Work Busy – catching up with people before they […]

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This Week

Life Saw a little bit (well: one art gallery) of Philly, and then came “home” to BA. Trying to rehydrate and get back to normal life – had a really good workout, and went exploring. I went to the National Museum of Fine Arts and watched the sun set at the Floralis Genérica. It was lovely! […]

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