Success Without The Tsuris

Life coaching-in-a-column from Deborah Grayson Riegel.

Head, Heart, Gut: Your Internal Advisory Committee

02/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

When it comes to country music, I am parve. You won't catch me downloading any Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood or "Country" Hootie songs on iTunes, but I also didn't roll my eyes when my husband Michael happily happened upon our new minivan's XM radio station playing all C&W, all the time. Yes, when it comes to country music, y'all could say I'm parve.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

The Battle Hymn of the Jewish Mother

01/21/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

How dare she. How dare a mother deny her children playdates, television and even bathroom breaks until they had mastered their musical instruments. What kind of mom-ster does this?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Live Like a Movie Star

12/23/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

When I'm not pouring over my Chumash or studying the Talmud, you might find me, upon occasion, flipping through an issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine for alternative inspiration. Truth be told, EW wins out over the big books 99.9% of the time, as it is significantly less cumbersome sitting on the magazine rack of my treadmill.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Napping Strictly Forbidden

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

I am writing this while lying face-down on a table at the elegant Green Massage Spa in Shanghai's World Financial Center. There is a fuchsia flower floating in a black lacquered bowl on the floor as a retreat for my eyes, and a petite lady with deceptively aggressive elbows is digging into the kinks in my upper back. Since the staff frowned upon me bringing my laptop in for the Signature Thai-Style Massage, I am writing this in my head. And as my dainty, deft masseuse finds all the right knots in all the usual spots - THAT'S IT! - she announces, "You very bad."

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Am I Jewish Enough? A Confession from a Jewish Coach

11/26/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

After one week of living and working in China, with three more weeks to go, I came upon the sight I had been waiting to see, and felt my heart skip a beat.

It wasn't the Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

It wasn't Tian'an Men Square, where blood was shed in the quest for democracy.

It wasn't the Water Cube, where swimming superstar Michael Phelps made Olympic history.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

I’ve Got Baggage. You Do, Too

11/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Name this movie:

“Well I'm gonna go then! And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything. Except this… Just this ashtray...And this paddle game. The ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need... And this remote control. - The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need... And these matches.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Your Laptop or Your Life?

10/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

What you are about to read may contain graphic descriptions and disturbing recommendations. Reader discretion is advised.

Within 90 seconds of entering my hotel room at the Baltimore Hilton for the 2010 Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Conference, I realized that something was wrong: my laptop was missing.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

That Old "Can't Do" Spirit Part 2

10/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

I don't take out the garbage. I just don't.

Could I? Physically, yes. While you might not be able to see my biceps from afar (or, sadly, even from a-near), I am capable of lifting the bag from the can, walking it down the hall, and taking it outside to our garbage bins.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

That Old “Can’t Do” Spirit! Part 1

09/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Eleanor Roosevelt famously remarked, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Nobody, that is, except for my nine-year old daughter Sophie who sat next to me at the breakfast table gleefully mastering a week’s worth of New York Times math puzzles, while I thumbed through the Arts and Leisure section, looking for the latest gossip on my favorite TV show, GLEE.

“Mom. Mom. MOM!” Sophie interrupted my reading. “Can you help me with this one?”

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Is That Your Natural Color?

09/16/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

If I were a doctor or a lawyer, I might not get asked this question as often as I do: “How did you get into this line of work?” Apparently, to some folks, there’s something quixotic, exotic, and perhaps idiotic about someone who does public speaking for a living.

Deborah Grayson Riegel
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