How to Have a Stress-Filled Concert

Liz Sumner Productivity, Resistance, Responsibility Leave a Comment

I’ve written before about my inconstant relationship with responsibility– sometimes I resist it, other times I claim it all as my own then complain that I have too much. I recently had an experience that displays a vivid example of this tendency. Earlier this year we added a new member to the band– Mauro, a fine drummer. Our first meeting …

Light and Hope

Liz Sumner Designing Your Life, Hope Leave a Comment

I’m feeling incredibly fortunate, and if I can I’d like to be a resource for others who aren’t in the same state of mind. I have not been devastated by the corona virus or fires or other destructive events.  I’m scared for the state of our democracy but doing my best to send light and hope into the world (and …

What energizes and engages you?

Liz Sumner Learning, Life Dreams 1 Comment

One of the prerequisites of making a life change is to determine where you are– to go beyond “I’m dissatisfied with my current reality” and get specific about what is and is not working.  Burnett and Evans of Designing Your Life recommend measuring Energy and Engagement. Which activities in both work and play give you energy? Which drain you? Where are you fully …

Let’s talk about this cool stuff – DYL!

Liz Sumner Fulfillment, Goals, Learning, Life Dreams Leave a Comment

I’m so jazzed after attending a training on Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life— the best-selling book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans based on their wildly successful Stanford University course.  The book explains how to approach life change using design principles. It’s very practical but at the same time gets into your deep beliefs and underlying …

What kind of failure is this?

Liz Sumner Learning 1 Comment

I’m preparing for a certification course to coach the tools and framework of Designing Your Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett. I’m very excited because the authors are teaching it and this will be the first time they present the material from their latest book, Designing Your Work Life. One of the tools they offer is called the Failure Log. For some of …