Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

“I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”  A friend in Singapore talking about expatriate living When she first said it, I thought…”oh that’s cute, but I don’t really get it.”   For me, the thought of moving to different parts of the world and making a new life there is exhilarating…in fact, it’s right in my …

Time To Remove The Costume

I often get asked by friends and family back home if we celebrate Halloween here in Singapore.  The short answer is yes.  In fact, this year, we were even able to purchase a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern…there is a whole other story, that I won’t get into too much detail here, but which involved …

Some Monkeys Mean Trouble

Living in the the tropics definitely has both its up-side and its challenges.  This urbanized jungle near the equator contains a variety of creatures, fauna and flora, that I never witnessed in the wild growing up in the US.  In fact, just yesterday, a family of monkeys decided to swing by and say hello, much …

The Empathetic Ice Queen?

In my career over the last 20 years, I have been described as both an “Ice Queen” and a “Highly Empathetic Leader.”   How is it possible that one person can be viewed at such opposite ends of the empathy pole?  To be fair, the ice queen comment came from my much earlier days as …

Exploring The Dark Side

About a month ago, I was at a Sunday brunch with a small group of very interesting and dynamic people here in Singapore.  It was a group that I did not know well…in fact, I was meeting some of the people for the first time.  Others I had met only once or twice.  After the …

Flirting with Perfectionism

Lately, I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with Perfectionism.  I seem to have this deep-seeded desire to have him in my life, but continue to push him away every chance I get.  I wonder all the time if he is good for me or not. To my thinking, embracing Perfectionism means having a very specific …

Who’s Driving This Cart?

It’s an interesting dilemma and, to some degree, a fascinating study on parenting styles and micro-management.  Twelve 18 year old boys want to rent a house in San Diego for a week in June as part of their high school graduation celebration.  They’ve done the research, found a house and are planning the road trip …

Filtering

Music has always been a big part of my life.  It provides a source of inspiration, and at times, even “meditation” for me.  A couple of years ago, I was introduced by a friend to a song called “Take a Picture.”  My friend also just happened to know the band’s promoter from back in the day. …

Start-Up Investments and Personality

I am a fairly easy-going person.  My feathers don’t get too ruffled that often. I like to think it’s because I’m somewhat logical, and usually can see the forest for the trees.  My friend, who is a specialist in Meyers-Briggs personality testing and analysis, tells me it is the ENTP in me.  People of that …