A pretty place for a (not-so-)still mind!

Hello! I just got out of a seven-day silent meditation retreat!

If you haven’t dropped off already (!) …


The new ‘commute’ and why it’s critical to our wellbeing — and success — at work.

In the waning days of March, mere moments (though perhaps it was days, who can really say anymore) after the shelter-in-place mandate began, I was gripped with a haziness in my brain. …


San Francisco, March 2020

Author’s note: I originally drafted this article in early June, right before the rising civil rights movement. It then felt like the wrong moment to publish it. But today, as AirBnB goes public, I find it worth revisiting.

In San Francisco, March 8, 2020 was the kind of early spring…


The author’s to do list for the day after the US election, November 4, 2020.

Given the election results are still pending and it can be easy to be overwhelmed / distracted / distraught by that, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ll be doing today to keep myself feeling good (erm, as good as I can in this heightened uncertainty), and why…


Photo courtesy of Elysa Fenenbock

Artist Elysa Fenenbock is on number 44 of a 100-day make-meditation. She’s foraging for wildflowers or dropped petals in and around her neighborhood, and turning them into deconstructed portraits.

And designer Silvia Vergani is using flowers in an entirely different way, turning their petals into paint for her toddler’s art…


A newly budding peony, showing us all the way on breaking through

“Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.”

So said ‘anonymous,’ and then, on Tuesday, my yoga teacher.

Folks, in case you hadn’t noticed (perhaps you’ve just come back from a silent meditation or, nope, there’s no other reason you’d have missed this) we’re in the middle…


My local hardware store’s curbside pickup system

What do you get for a one-year old who has all she needs, in the middle of a pandemic? As my niece’s first birthday approached, I found myself asking this question. I didn’t want to get her more clothes, toys or books, because she has plenty. I did want to…


If you’re like me, seeing this form arrive in the mail and noting it’s yet again a leap year (and therefore a presidential election year) leaves you with a certain feeling of… well, as un-civic as it is, dread. …


Grapes, one of many fruits used for New Year’s rituals

“Gather round, everyone. Can you all see?!”

The dozen or so of us all squeezed into the vestibule at the top of the third flight of stairs, outside the door to our office. Our managing director made her way to the front of the pack, pineapple in hand. …


Singapore Skyline, New Year’s Eve

This past summer, I spent way too many days combing through my home, evaluating each thing I owned. Sometimes, I would hold an item in my hand and ask myself if it sparked joy. …

Amy Bonsall

I help companies weave in kindness, creativity and humanity using human-centered design. Founder of Nau (www.inthenau.com) and Creative Collisions, IDEO alumna.

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