Your Identity Is Not Failure

About a month ago, I tore a ligament in my knee. Most people who have this injury, get it playing sports. I managed to do it while walking indoors, on carpet. After a trip to the ER my leg was put in an immobilizer, then a very expensive brace I nicknamed the Robot Knee. I […]

Money, Gremlins, and the Voices in My Head

Recently I did something I never thought I would do. I walked into the bank and made an appointment to see a financial planner. For some people this is a very routine thing to do, but not for me. Simply put: I do not have a lot of money. I worked in non-profits for most […]

The Sacrament of Ordinary Work

I had no idea how much stock I put in prestige until it was taken away. For more than a decade I was Senior Editor at a large non-profit. It was a title that has prestige built right into it. When you say “Senior Editor,” people automatically have a pretty decent idea of what you […]

Anxiety, Fertilizer and the Promised Land

I don’t know what anxiety feels like for anyone else, but for me it feels like a fist reaching in to grab and twist my stomach. It is pain and fear and worry and regret. It is a loud voice of accusation that sends me scurrying for cover, and running back over the past few […]

Step Up to the Tee

I signed up to play a round a golf with my team from work. This might seem pretty unremarkable, but it is shockingly out of character for me. I am terrible at sports—all sports. I’ve never owned a sports uniform or a jersey with my name across the back. I have not willingly participated in […]