The New York Times

I'm a frequent contributor to the Well section of The New York Times. I write essays about running and yoga, my family, trampoline culture, conquering inner demons, and trying to be a better person.

  • New Year's Resolution: Be More Honest is about how embracing honesty changed my life. I offer key lessons from my book, Would I Lie to You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies.
  • How Drinking Less Solved a Lot of Problems is about what happened when I really paid attention to that daily glass of wine I had. (The thing about focusing on honesty is that you start bringing the filter to every area of your life, and then you can't not see things.)
  • Why Standing Often Feels Harder Than Running started with the question of why, to me, it feels harder to stand for an hour than run for an hour. Turns out, standing can be hard work on your body. I interview experts to explain why, and often some tips to ease the pain of excessive standing--especially while waiting in line or doing other mundane things.
  • Girls Enter the Boys' World of Flipping is a follow up to the piece I wrote on Gtramp, but this piece focuses on the girls who have taken up the sport. The teen girls I feature in this piece are brave, creative, and fierce, and represent the face of a generation pushing for gender parity by defying expectations (which is my kind of thing).
  • Can We Ever Truly Be Fearless? poses this very question, plus these: How do you live with fear and still act anyway? Why does the fear reflex run wild in some people? And what is a better way to talk about facing fears than being fearless?
  • Kaboom! Cody! Rudi! Young Flippers Embrace Gtramp, a New Sport for the Instagram Set is about a fascinating renegade trampoline culture called Gtramp. I learned about Gtramp from my son, Maxx (yes, he is mentioned below as Max, but the second "x" to his name is a new addition because that's what you do when you're 10). With Gtramp, elite athletes (many with big brand sponsorships) are taking training into their own hands, in their backyards and basements. Researching and writing this piece was the most fun I've had in a while.
  • How to Get Your Intuition Back (When It's Hijacked By Life) investigates what happens to our intuition as the demands of life start piling up. When I was younger, I relied heavily on intuition to make important life decisions. But as I've gotten older, it hasn't felt as trustworthy. In this reported essay, I try to understand why that is and how to fix it.
  • Drowning at Midlife? Start Swimming is about how I decided that instead of having a midlife crisis, I would start swimming laps at the Y pool. Swimming actually became my salvation when I was sidelined from running after a bout of tendonitis.
  • When Is a Child Instagram-Ready? talks about navigating social media (specifically Instagram) with my son, Max (the same one from below!) and how I'm trying to teach him the basic rules of this tool that is clearly not going away and he expresses daily curiousity about. If you want to see an example of adults behaving very poorly (and being downright mean and disrespectful), read the comments. 
  • Connecting, Mid-Air, With My 8-Year-Old Son is about jumping on the trampoline with my son, Max. Max is a boy's boy, and it's hard to find ways to hang out with him. When he started flipping, we found our thing!
  • How Honesty Could Make You Happier is about what I learned keeping an honesty journal. I am currently working on a book about what it means to live a more honest life.
  • If Life Has You Down, Do a Handstand is about the joy of doing handstands (especially when the world seems upside-down).
  • A Running Conversation With My Brother is about how my brother, Paul, became a kind of running companion for me after he passed away. You know that family member who is different from everyone else and you struggle to understand? That was Paul. It was only through talking to him during my runs that I began to understand him (and myself) a bit better.
  • I Would Never Run a Women-Only Race. Until I Did is about my experience running The Queen Bee Half Marathon. It’s about how I came to terms with what women-only events represent for me.
  • A Marital Spat Over Running Shoes is a tongue-and-cheek piece about how I decided to hire a running coach to stop heel-striking because I was tired of fighting with my husband about buying running shoes so frequently.