The Legacy We Leave

big picture question, coaching, services
My father died fourteen years ago. He was 52 years old and died of a sudden, massive heart attack. Because he threw himself into both sensual and self-destructive pursuits with abandon, I had known that he wasn't going to be the next Methusela. But still, his death caught me off guard and, if I'm being honest, angered me. He wasn't going to get to be a grandfather; he wasn't going to be able to take advantage of the opportunity life was giving him to redeem himself as a parent to my half-sister; he wasn't going to be around for us to enjoy each other's company--and he brought it on himself (or so I said, inwardly). And, because I was pregnant with my second child when he died, I had no…
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Buckle you seatbelts and get ready for the ride!

coaching, productivity
Ok, so I have a super corny metaphor going about the Wheel of Life that I want to work with and I'll admit that I'm stretching it a bit with the title here. But bear with me!    For my new program for graduate students, Thrive PhD, that I'm launching with Katy Peplin in the New Year, we are asking people who are interested in participating to sign up for information on registration and receive a copy of the academic Wheel of Life to fill out and think about in terms of goal setting and life planning during graduate school. (That link will take you to the sign up!) On the Wheel of Life, for each of the named pie pieces on the wheel, you indicate what your level of…
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Book Review–How to be Everything

book review, education
Emilie Wapnik, author of How to be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to be When They Grow Up, is the creative director at the internet's "home for multipotentialites," puttylike.com. I heard her interviewed on a podcast and checked out the book. I did this less because I feel like I'm a multipotentialite and more because what I heard in the interview made it sound like Emilie--a millennial--was tapping into not only a certain type of worker (the person who can't pursue just one thing, or who refuses to accept the notion that each person has "a thing") but also into the current way of doing work. We have all read the statistics about the future of work: average people will switch jobs multiple…
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