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Thankfully Unplug

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“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” - Voltaire

Last holiday season was not what we are used to. No holiday parties each night for several weeks, no large friends and family gatherings, no in-person festive celebrations. But this year promises to be different, and I want to revel in that excitement and be more grateful than ever for the things I took for granted pre-pandemic.

This holiday season, I want to lead with appreciation, e…

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There is Something Freeing About Saying “No”

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For the longest time, I would say “yes” to just about everything. I wanted to be seen as a collaborator, supporter, and making things easier for others, putting myself second. I was slow to realize that for everything I said "yes" to, I would be saying "no" to something else. That started me thinking about what it is I was saying "no" to, and found  it was much more effective for me to say "no" to things to make the space to fully say "yes" to those things I really, really wanted. 

I ran across…

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Appreciate & Embrace the Authentic You

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Once, after giving a presentation, I was thanked for my vulnerability. No one had ever told me this before and in reflecting on her comment I realized I was not being vulnerable, I was simply being authentic.

“Because at the end of the day, we want nothing more in life than to be ourselves. That’s the feeling we’re all chasing: that simple, awesome joy that comes from not having to pretend to be something we’re not. We call that feeling ‘authenticity.’” – Jordan Harbinger

At times, it is n…

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Don’t Fear the Mistakes, Instead Fail Fabulously

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"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from." - Al Franken

Fail Fabulously. I first heard this term when I was attending my first coach-training workshop. I disliked it from the moment I heard it. What was fabulous about failing? Failing was failing. When I failed at something I tried I was embarrassed, humiliated at times, and…

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How to Survive Your Life Transitions – A 2021 Update

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"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." - Charles DuBos

Transition is the process of letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become. Sounds easy, but in reality, it is really hard letting go of the comfort of sameness. 

Think about it: as we entered quarantine last March, it was hard to change how we did our everyday tasks, wear a mask, stay away from family and friends, etc…

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You're Invited to a Compassionate Conversation

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In January, I wrote about taking some time away to reimagine, reflect and reevaluate my journey. Along the way, I started to study meditation with Deepak Chopra and earned my meditation instructor credential. These sessions eventually led me to contemplate on a deep question: “What is compassion and how do I show it?”

Around the same time, I was also accepted into a year-long program on Applied Compassion Training at Stanford University. This intensive learning program requires us to develop a …

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Reimagination In Progress

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I was driving home from getting groceries a few days ago and saw a sign on an empty storefront that said “Reimagination In Progress”.

My immediate thought was "That’s me! That’s exactly where I am at! That’s exactly what I’m feeling.”

I got excited as this is what I’ve been doing recently. I wrote in my blog a few weeks ago “with all that has happened this past year, I believe this time is calling us to act in bigger and better ways than we ever have in the past.”

When I published it, I read …

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Be intentional.

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With all that has happened this past year, I believe this time is calling us to act in bigger and better ways than we ever have in the past. I will be reflecting on these four questions asked in Deepak Chopra’s Sound Meditation studies:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What am I grateful for?

Yes, these are big questions to ask your self. I’ve been asking myself these questions for quite some time this year. The answers that keep coming up are very simple for me and if you …

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Help Gutsy Women Win feed hungry children...

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People have been asking me “What are you doing for the holidays?” During our shelter in place here in California, my response has been, “I’m telling my family and friends I love them by staying home. Christmas and New Year’s will pretty much be the same as today except different food.” Aren’t I fortunate? I get to choose different food.

During this holiday season so many more children are going hungry because schools where they get their meals are closed or they don't have access to regular mea…

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The Invitation

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"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it." ~James Truslow Adams

'Tis the Season and I am always struck at this time with reflecting back on the year and those who have crossed my path on this adventure called life. I have truly been blessed with individuals that have taught me great things in very small ways. I read …

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