As a working mom with two little boys, I know what it’s like to feel like there’s not enough. I feel like there is never enough time, never enough energy, never enough of me to go around.
Have you been there?
This feeling of not having enough can really get in the way of things, right? Most of us want to do better. We want to be better. Better spouses. Better parents. Better neighbors. So, we try extra hard to be better. But trying harder doesn’t work very well if we’re trying the wrong things. And it’s exhausting when we already have a limited amount of time and energy.
How can we live better?
We can learn to live wisely. When we understand why we think and behave the way we do (and why other people think and behave the way they do), we can think and behave better. We can make the small changes that will have the biggest impact. We can learn how to find more meaning in our lives, how to be kinder and more understanding of others. We can learn how to live better.
How can I help? I have a unique (some might say “weird”) combination of areas of expertise. I have a PhD in philosophy and cognitive science, I teach ethics online for UCLA and Concordia University Irvine, and I’ve written for the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and BioLogos, among others. What does that mean? It means that I spend a lot of time reflecting on big questions—What gives life meaning? How should we live? How should we treat others? But it also means that I like practical answers. Abstract theories are only useful if we apply them in a way that improves our lives and the lives of others.
If we want to know how we should live, we need to know what we should aim for, but we also need to know how to get there. So, I apply the tools of cognitive science, behavioral economics, and social psychology that can help us overcome obstacles to our thinking and decision making so that we can live more meaningful, intentional, and connected lives.
So, if you want to live better, you are in the right place. I am not here to tell you how to live or to give you any magic formulas for quick and easy success in life. (Here’s a hint: there are none.) What I am here for is to take deep, complex, abstract problems and help break them down so we can tackle them. I am here to help you find the right tools to begin thinking about your own life in a different, more purposeful way.
Your story matters—make the most of it!
Let’s live better. For ourselves. For our family. For the world.
I’m glad you’re here!
Want to know what to read first? Here are a few of my favorites:
- How Do You Know When It’s Time to Make a Change?
- How Would You Respond to Sexual Harassment? Probably Not How You Think (in The Washington Post)
- Of Dads and Men: Why Dads Are Key to Changing the Way We Think About Men (in Christianity Today)
- 4 Strategies for Having Fruitful Conversations about Science and Origins (at BioLogos)
- Should Churches Handle Sexual Abuse Allegations Internally? (in Christianity Today)
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