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Don’t Put Metal in the Microwave, and Other Compensation Myths

Do you want to know something that Mala does? Routinely? She takes leftovers out of the fridge, transfers them to a stainless steel plate, puts the plate into the microwave, and turns on the heat.

Do you know anyone else … Read More

Just Wait

By Megan Rolfe

Sometimes it feels like we are stuck and there is no way out.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot due to…oh, you know, current circumstances. Where I live, there has been a lot of deep breathing … Read More

Ignore Your Intuition at Your Own Peril

By Vega Subramaniam

Mala always tells me that I have a really strong intuition. And I’m inclined to agree with her. I remember when we searched for a place to live together for the first time in 2000. We had … Read More

The Great Big Dread Obstacle

I simply could not press the button.

It was by and large a trivial matter. Here at Vega Mala Consulting, we had installed an integration for our database to sync it with our email list, and after much trial and … Read More

[Insert Meaningless Title Here]: Why Job Titles Do Not Equal Your Destiny

By Vega Subramaniam

Titles: who needs ’em?

Perhaps you are in a professional rut. As a coach, I often come across people in this position, and I’ve certainly been there myself. Whether it’s because you no longer want to do … Read More

So Many Jobs, So Few Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

I have many more lives left to go. As in, “in one of my next lives, I’m going to be…” a lexicographer, librarian, astronomer, world literature professor, ancient Greek historian, craft store owner, violinist.

There are a … Read More

24 Aug '18

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Rebounding from Failure the Counterfactual Way

By Vega Subramaniam

When things go wrong, what questions swirl in your mind?

Perhaps these sound familiar:

  • “How did I let this happen again?”
  • “When will I ever learn?”
  • “Why do I keep doing this?
  • Read More

It’s February, and I’m still not exercising every week

By Vega Subramaniam

It’s mid-February. Would you look at that.

Mid-February, and already I’m not exercising every week (or ever). I haven’t finished my crochet project. To be sure, I did register for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (priorities, people!), but I … Read More

Decision-Making, Activism, and Charlottesville

By Mala Nagarajan

Honestly, the last time I thought deeply about Charlottesville was in the early 1980s, when the 7-foot-4-inch phenom Ralph Simpson was leading the University of Virginia Cavaliers into the NCAA’s Collegiate Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). … Read More

04 Jul '17

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Embracing Your Winding Path

I turned 52 last weekend. One full deck of cards. As I begin my 53rd year, I get to open up a brand-new deck.

On one hand, I have a new chance to choose how I play the hand … Read More