Just returned from a beach vacation and since I strived to make it as tech free as possible, I’m behind in posting my Game Plan columns from last week.

First up is a reaction to Hurricane Irene, which pummeled parts of the Northeast: What Did Irene Show You?

Second is a piece designed to get you thinking about how you want to close out 2011. There are some exercises that can prompt all kinds of things — validation, aha moments, etc. Check it out: What Advice Would You Give Yourself?