And Why We’d Better Get Used To It

The line at the mega-coffee-super-chain where I tend to go, where I’ve expected polite service and a reliable pour, is super-long. The supply chain is evidently broken like we can’t even imagine, and dire warnings about shortages for the holiday season loom…

Your Friends and Colleagues Will Thank You

I’m outgoing. I’m gregarious. I’m not afraid to talk, and enjoy conversation a whole lot. But I’ve learned over the years that although I’m not shy about engaging in conversation, getting the most out of it requires being a great listener.

There are…

Or, do you have time NOT to?

Benjamin Franklin said, “Time is money.” But he also said, “Lost time is never found again.”

Ben was on to something.

Enjoying the present takes a lot of practice. We are consistently disrupted by work, social media, obligations to others, and more. …

Learning (Again) That Disappointment is an Option

There are just some uncomfortable truths about adult life. I have been really, really slow at learning these truths.

As a kid, I was perpetually the bright-eyed helper in the classroom, almost primarily out of a sense of utility. I didn’t grow up…

Is an Impossible Task, But Somehow…

I admonish my daughter. “You absolutely must practice self-care.” I see her getting frazzled, overwhelmed by the weight of the day-to-day. It’s a climb.

I commiserate with my son. “Sometimes it’s hard, buddy. I get it. Just don’t let yourself get pulled too thin.”

Stop Buying the Bullsh*t

First of all, let’s just put this out there: there’s no age limit on sex. Hugh Hefner was strolling around in his bathrobe in his nineties for crying out loud, and he was surrounded by girlfriends, bragging about his libido. …

It’s Not for Those of Us Who Have Actually Been Poor

Everyone, including me, is watching the Netflix hit “Maid.” It’s good TV. From the very first episode, it’s hard not to feel strongly for underdog young mom Alex as she makes the incredibly difficult choice to leave her boyfriend…

Stop Me If You Heard This One…

There’s more than one good method to gaslighting. If you want to be really good at it, you have to mix things up, change your approach from time to time.

I have heard all sorts of great one-liners, mostly from my ex, but…

According to Harvard Business School, workplaces with a toxic boss end up with:

25% of employees taking their frustrations out on clients and customers

48% intentionally decreasing their work effort and intentionally spending less time at work

78% saying their commitment to their organization declined

66% acknowledging that their performance…

In…Pretty Much Anyone

I Should Know, I’ve Been On a Ton of Dates Lately

It’s no secret. Some people are just naturally more attractive than others. I’m not talking about looks. Looks are great, but it doesn’t take that long to get past the outer layer and realize that someone…

Susan Kelley

Susan is a runner, a mom of 3 grown children, and an avid traveler. She writes about humans, and wrote a book about false accusations of sexual assault.

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