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Today’s my birthday, so I figured I’d post here to celebrate. (Okay fine, I didn’t get a post written in time for my usual Monday morning deadline.)

On my birthday, I often find myself reflecting on how lucky I am. Just the other day, I started a sentence with, “With my luck…” and realized that “my luck” is usually pretty good. My bad luck is typically more of an inconvenience than something really terrible.

And today, thinking about luck got me thinking about something I’ve been meaning to write about for some time: I wish successful people would acknowledge the…

I believe that variety is a (but maybe not the) spice of life and that novel experiences are huge contributors to happiness. The research backs it up .

I’ve also eaten the same thing for breakfast nearly every day for five years (maybe more), and it has made me incredibly happy.

Every morning, I prepare an easy-to-assemble, but seemingly extravagant, breakfast sandwich. It includes cream cheese, smoked salmon, an over-easy egg, red onion, spinach and, depending on the season and deals at the grocery store, a mix of additional produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, served open-faced on a…


I’ve been consuming a lot of content about decision-making lately. From the newsletters I read to the podcasts I listen to, people are talking about the difficulty of making decisions in increasingly uncertain times.

I’m no expert decision-maker. I agonize over some decisions all the time (hey, I was raised by a Libra). But I’ve been thinking about some tools that I can employ next time I’m faced with a difficult or overwhelming decision.

Here’s what I came up with:

Flip a coin: This is probably my favorite decision-making technique when I’m torn between two things. Even pretending that I…

From Meet the Millers

Here’s yet another COVID-related post for you.

My husband and I were having socially-distanced drinks in our friends’ backyard over the weekend, and we were talking about our larger group of friends and all of the things they did together over the summer. Because my husband and I and these friends of ours have been among the most careful among our group of friends throughout this pandemic, we haven’t been informed about all of the goings-ons in the larger group.

We were talking about FOMO (fear of missing out), which is something I thankfully don’t get too often. But throughout…

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It’s clear that people are tired of living this pandemic lifestyle. They’re over the masks, the distancing, the staying at home. And I get it. I’m sick of it, too. But I’m committed to continuing to live this pandemic lifestyle because the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, where I am, it’s gotten worse.

Remember how freaked out and careful we were in April? That’s what we should be doing now.

Just because a lot of time has passed does not mean things are better.

Sure, time does fix some things. But usually, it’s because of all the things that happen…

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I started a new job last week! As I was starting to learn the ropes, and then reflecting on my experience over the weekend, I thought about my blog. I wanted to write about how exhilarating/intimidating/exhausting/difficult it is to learn something new, and share that it’s important to cut ourselves some slack when we’re beginners.

And then I remembered that I already have written that post! In the fall of 2016, in fact. Here’s the original post, and here’s the text pasted below for your reading convenience:

Sometimes I forget how intimidating it is to be new at something.


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Today, I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different: my experience randomizing into a COVID vaccine trial. I want to share this to remove some of the mystery of the process and, in doing so, hopefully encourage more people to participate, as well as point out some serious shortcomings.

When the NIH Revitalization Act was passed in 1993, one of the expressed priorities was to increase participation of people of color (POC) in clinical trials. In 2016, Black Americans were roughly 13% of the population but only 5% of research participants. Latinx folks comprised over 17% of the US population…

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When the NIH Revitalization Act was passed in 1993, one of the expressed priorities was to increase participation of people of color (POC) in clinical trials. In 2016, Black Americans were roughly 13% of the population but only 5% of research participants. Latinx folks comprised over 17% of the US population but less than 7% of research patients. Whites? 2/3 of the population and nearly 83% of research participants. Keeping this in mind, and as a “white-passing” POC, I was curious to see if, in the midst of a global pandemic, considerations were being made for participants of color in…

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It’s hurricane season for the Atlantic, which means that many areas are turning their attention and their resources to preparation and response efforts. This is important and urgent work.

My last post (rant) about work/life boundaries didn’t mention this, but I wanted to address it this week: while a lot of work is very important — critical, even — much of it isn’t urgent. If your work is truly life-or-death urgent and your boss is calling you at all hours of the night, my last post probably doesn’t apply.

In early September 2017, I was in St. Augustine, Florida training…

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Can we talk about boundaries?

I often write about work/life balance, vacation travel, , and related rants, but I feel like I need to address something more basic, maybe because so many more people-entire organizations, even-now live at work work from home.

I keep a list of topics to write about, and there are several versions of setting and respecting boundaries-when it comes to your time-in my notebook. Some examples:

  • Tips for managing stress at work: boundaries
  • An important note about working from home: people can still take sick days
  • Permission to take time off

Last week, I had a…

Nina Baltierra

writes about work, life, both, and neither. MPH. recovering nonprofit executive director. higher education retention officer at Upswing.

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