How to Communicate Your Feelings in a Strained Relationship

Communication in any relationship isn’t exactly easy. Two people with different opinions, different perspectives, and different ways of expressing themselves, trying to understand each other? It’s no wonder that many couples struggle to communicate effectively. (Honestly, you can’t help but wonder what a little communication could have done for Romeo and Juliet. Just sayin’.) Even […]

Keep Your Resolution Going! How to Avoid Boom-Bust Cycles in Your Life

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make. They’re also hard to keep. In fact, they present an excellent illustration of what we mean when we talk about “boom-bust cycles” on Design.org. In a nutshell, these cycles happen when you have a burst of inspiration and motivation (say…on January 1), followed eventually by a time of […]

How to Find Happiness After a Breakup

Breaking up is hard to do…but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It’s true—some breakups are worse than others. A painful divorce after years of marriage is most likely going to be harder (logistically and emotionally) than the ending of a month-long relationship that ended before it could really take off. […]

How to Thrive as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Motherhood is the greatest job in the world. Or so we’re told. But I’ll be honest: sometimes, it’s hard to remember. After all, there are days when being a stay-at-home mom feels like being a professional chauffeur who also happens to fold underwear, or a short-order cook whose patrons won’t eat the macaroni because I […]

What is Self-Love, and How Do I Know if I’m Doing It?

Loving yourself comes easy to some people. (Maybe too easy, in fact.) But for many of us, it can be difficult to know what “self-love” even looks like.  We think a lot about how we can show love to other people, but loving ourselves often gets pushed to the back burner. And if you’re not […]

8 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Season (and Why It’s Important)

Love is a many splendid thing. (It’s also a battlefield, according to Pat Benatar, but that’s neither here nor there).  And during Valentine’s season, love is front and center.  As great as it is to take a day to focus on the people we cherish most, there’s one person you likely haven’t given much thought […]

How Can I Be Kinder to Others?

There are precious few things in this world that are almost universally considered to be “good.” One of those things is kindness. Kindness is one of those qualities we all think we “should” have, but it also seems to come naturally to some more than others.  Just like any other quality, however, kindness can be […]

How to Use Design Thinking to Conquer Self-Doubt

John Steinbeck was an American author whose works include renowned classics like The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath is considered part of the American literary canon, and it won both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and is often included in […]