Throughout the month of September, I ran a 30-day habit-building activity called the Back to Self Challenge.

The truth is — I was keen to get back into a habit myself: Writing. And after 34 years, I know myself well enough to know that I’m more motivated to get a…


I burst through the doors of my home, into a world without Facebook, and I breathed my first real breath in over a decade.

We have been freed.

I looked up into the sky, yelled out in jubilation and dropped to my knees as the tears of joy started streaming…


I bought a piece of art this week from an art fair in New York City. I attended the fair on a complete whim after a last-minute from a friend earlier that day. …


Even if you don’t have a permanent office, you can co-work with a colleague from just about anywhere

In the “before times” (that’s to say, the pre-pandemic era), employees used to get access to “business lessons by exposure” all the time, whether we knew it or not.

In the office, we’d overhear conversational snippets from that meeting down the hall where someone left their door open or spoke…


I bustled in the door at half past 8 last night, buzzing with energy. After unwinding over a glass of wine at the kitchen table, I filled in Jason from the day’s events as he idly tinkered with my Macbook Air that had unceremoniously died in the middle of the…


One of the most important things I learned from my five years in VC was the importance of being able to work on the go. That’s to say, to use the phone in your pocket and move the business, the project, or the conversation forward from wherever you are.

In…


I have to admit, even Times Square feels a little energizing these days

This week, for the first time in nearly two years, I hit a “bingo week” in New York City. I went into an office every day and I had plans every night. Just like the old days. …


About a month ago, I kicked off a new initiative with a small group of friends called the “Back to Self” Challenge. The idea was simple: Take 30 days to rebuild a habit you’ve let go of during COVID times. …


Learning the rules of the playground is a formative life skill

How to use a slide

I spent an hour today on the playground with my daughter while taking my last few work calls of the day. It was basically happy hour for kids — post-school, pre-dinner. In short, a madhouse.

Kids up to 10 years old ran circles around each other, sprinted up and down…


Grand Central’s Oyster Bar reopened yesterday after 18 months of COVID-imposed closures. I told my out-of-town colleague about it, excitedly, at the end of the workday. “We must go,” I gushed. “It’s a quintessential New York City experience.”

We wandered over at around 5:45 p.m. and I hoped we weren’t…

Bethany Crystal

VP @ BolsterTalent, alum of @USV, @StackOverflow and @NorthwesternU, board member at @CompSci_High and @NUalumni, co-founder of #BeyondCodingNYC

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