Many of us are still stuck in lockdown limbo, and there’s no denying that this global pandemic has changed the professional world forever. With home offices replacing cubicles and some job-related perks that may never return (RIP business travel), I’ve found that COVID-19 has forced many of my clients into a career identity crisis. Part … Continued
I feel blessed to have worked with thousands (yes, thousands) of amazing professionals and I’ve been thinking about how to connect more. Which is why I chose to create The Whipp — my newsletter. You’ll get nuggets of wisdom, a couple of laughs and insights (like the ones below) right in your inbox.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a woman who wants to do it all, sometimes to my own detriment. For me, that means juggling a variety of balls, the most important of which are work, motherhood, marriage, and, of course, my own health and well-being. But Christine, didn’t you write a book about being … Continued
I have a three-year-old son named Xander. He’s adorable (most days) and he really loves superheroes. More specifically, wants to be the Flash. And if you know the Flash, you know that he travels at the speed of light. So imagine my joy, after eight or nine hours of back-to-back Zoom meetings, when the first … Continued
Have you heard the phrase “toxic positivity” lately? There’s a reason it’s making the rounds, and I think I’ve identified it. It’s fair to say that this past year has been more terrible for some, but truthfully, it doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve lost your job, your home, a loved one, or none of … Continued
Are you struggling to achieve your goals? I know I am—and it’s obviously all been exacerbated by our current situation. (That which shall not be named.) Last time, I talked about the importance of finding your finish line. And while defining my “finish line” has certainly helped me over the last few months, it’s been … Continued
There’s a good chance over the past 10 months you’ve heard the following more than once: “Is this over yet?” And if you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard “when can we (insert germy activity here, e.g., have a party with my friends, go to the playzone, swim, see grandma and grandpa, lick doorknobs) again?” enough … Continued
Well, that’s a complicated question, isn’t it? If you’ve read my book Too Busy to be Happy, you might think that I’ve made some sort of mistake in the question. That maybe I’ve gotten my words twisted—but I can assure you, I haven’t. The question of whether or not busyness brings happiness has been challenging … Continued
Can I tell you a secret? I love New Year’s Eve. For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the end of the year. There’s something special about the opportunity to start anew. To wipe the proverbial slate clean and decide how you want to spend the next 12 months, and what … Continued
The other day, after having a great conversation about the value of empathy and kindness, I found myself feeling not very kind. I was waiting to turn into the Starbucks drive-through, which is my 2020 version of “going out for a drink,” when a woman in a dark blue Jeep sharply turned in front of … Continued
Please don’t kill me, but I’m going to start with a phrase that this year we’ve all heard way too much: unprecedented times. The reality is that the phrase is so overused because there are so few options to accurately describe what we’ve lived through these past nine months. It’s either “unprecedented times” or “uncharted … Continued
I’m taking a new spin on affirmations to calm uncertainty, and help you dial up your “A” game. If you’re anything like me, 2020 has been a doozy. Boredom may need a rebrand, but that doesn’t mean that the changes we’ve experienced (including heightened fear and anxiety) aren’t deserving of their bad rap. These aren’t … Continued
What happens when you look for kindness? I once took a course where the instructor asked us to look for kindness for 21 days straight. As someone who tries to be kind regularly, I didn’t expect to learn much, but I was open to giving it a try. As I worked through the experiment, I … Continued
For as long as I can remember, there’s been something bad about being bored. It started when I was a kid and I’d mention being bored to my dad, who would quickly assign me chores to help “solve that problem.” It continues now as a professional trying to make the most of each moment, given … Continued
“Hello darkness, my old friend…” OK, if you heard that line and didn’t immediately start thinking about Simon & Garfunkel, you’re too young to be reading this. But wait! I just Googled that song’s release, and it came out in 1967—which means by that logic, I’m too young to be writing this. So stay with … Continued
I’ve always made sure to incorporate practices into my days and weeks that refuel my emotional real estate — let’s call it ERE from here on out. Those practices have become priorities and have saved me from staying “too busy to be happy” for long. But then COVID-19 hit and I had to rethink my whole strategy. Here’s how you can do the same.