The End of 2020

Liz Sumner Designing Your Life, Goals Leave a Comment

I usually start my year-end review around my birthday in November. I take a look at what I’ve accomplished and what I’m looking forward to in the coming year. This year I am particularly grateful that the pandemic has not caused me much difficulty. My work routine is basically undisturbed. Our finances have not suffered. My loved ones are safe. …

What’s possible when you let go?

Liz Sumner Letting Go 5 Comments

Recently I’ve been having a fascinating series of lessons in non-attachment. It began when Michael had a birthday with a zero, found some unexpected money, and started to dream. What if we could afford a little place in the country– a summer getaway? First he found a real estate listing that looked exactly right. We spoke to the agent and …

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 …

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 …