Fan Casting Harry Potter: Part 1 (Stone and Chamber)

Casting novels is one of my favorite habits. I’ve done it since I was a kid, fan-casting my head-movie version of my favorite books. It developed into the way I visualize most stories I read. While I try to cast real actors in the character roles, sometimes no one really fits the version of the character in…

Sand and Oranges: Prioritizing Your Goals

You may be familiar with this rocks and sand story. There are many variations of this story. You might be more familiar with the version of “Big Rocks” relating to time management, as demonstrated in this video: I’d heard the story back in college and hadn’t given it much thought until recently when I was talking…

Armchair Travels: 10 Great Travel Memoirs

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss One of my all time favorite genres of non-fiction is the travel memoir. Memoirs on their own are usually more enjoyable (imo) than autobiographies since they only cover a certain period…

Remote Management Tips

We didn’t know how well it would work. There were concerns. There were questions. Backup plans were made. Hands were wrung. Could I successfully manage my team and work from the Hague for four weeks? Our company already functions as an entirely remote organization. We do not have an office. Our employees do not all…

Cities That Changed My Life

Recently, the husband told me his idea for a blog post about the places that changed his life. As he told me about his choices, I started thinking which ones I would choose. It’s a tough question! Which places have I visited or lived in that were truly life-changing? That begs a followup question: how do you…

Nuevo Vallarta Photo Journal

In March, the husband and I took a much-needed 8 day vacation to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico as part of a non-simultaneous home exchange. This was meant to be a true vacation, which meant I told all of my co-workers that I would be ignoring them for the duration of the trip, and I am happy…