Category Archives: The Kitchen Table

Saying Yes & Staying Sane: How to Avoid the Trap of Overcommitment

Confession: I’m an over-committer. If a request comes my way—especially something related to my work, or to helping someone else—I really squint at my calendar to see if I can squeeze it in. I like to feel needed, and asking someone like me to do something is like offering candy to a kid when his…

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Knowing, Loving & Changing the World: An Ordinary Girl’s Advice on How to Make a Difference

“True hope is always hard. It is not a passive wishing. It is an active exercise, a choice, an intention. Hope means giving up apathy and despair and instead embracing the uncertainty that terrifies you. It is the sacrifice of keeping your heart soft.” Jena Lee Nardella, One Thousand Wells Jena Lee Nardella is one…

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Lessons from a Recovering Procrastinator

Growing up, I was always that super eager kid who loved school. My mom says I used to cry if there was a holiday and we didn’t have school. But somewhere around middle school, that eagerness faded a bit. I still did well in school, but I found myself far less interested in performing tasks…

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