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tulips from a rainy morning walk in Astoria earlier this week

As I lugged two weeks' worth of laundry out the door, a neighbor I’d seen but never spoken to was returning home, both of her arms draped in grocery bags.


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step 4, again I must stress, is non-negotiable

Do you dread being asked about what you like to do or find appealing or want to eat for dinner? Are you feeling stuck in your career and unsure how you even ended up where you are but can’t decide whether or not it’s worth trying something new at this point and crying at work is normal, right? Is it bewilderingly hard to choose something to watch or read or listen to without Googling best-of lists or asking your Instagram followers via Stories and getting distracted and just watching Instagram Stories instead?

If you answered, “I don’t know,” to all three of these questions, then dear reader, it’s high time to get back in touch with your intuition. Lucky for you, this tried-and-tested 38-step plan seems to be working for me thus far, so here it is. …

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