Author Archive | Merideth Mehlberg

The First Night Was Awful

Last weekend we went camping with our toddlers and some close friends. I’m really glad we did it… …And I don’t think we’ll do it again any time soon. Why? My three-year old daughter did pretty well. It’s my son who was the challenge. At 21 months, he is in that stage where he climbs up on the picnic table, grabs the ketchup bottle and throws it into the dirt. And, he doesn’t heed any warnings…

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Adventures in Face Painting

My 3 year-old LOVES getting her face painted. Everywhere we go where face painting is offered, she is first in line. Every time, she asks for the same images to be inked on her face:  Thomas the Tank Engine and James the Red Engine (my daughter adores trains). On a recent visit to Happy Hollow, a kids’ amusement park in San Jose, she had her entire face painted in a rainbow design. By the time she went down for her nap, the colors had melted over her face into this eerie mask. It was pretty creepy looking, but…

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I Just Did Something Really Scary…

I just finished doing something really scary… …and I have never felt so alive! For the past year, I have been in the process of upgrading my coaching credential from Associate to Professional level. It has involved logging hundreds of hours of coaching experience, submitting a detailed application including client and mentor coaching references and completing a three-part exam. The written and recorded coaching exams I completed about nine months ago; they were both doozies. And this past Friday…

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My Front Porch Was The Ugliest on The Block…

Our front step was an eyesore. Yep, it was a sad state of affairs. Why? The green ferns in our large terra cotta pots had bit the dust. These beautiful plants had thrived until about a year ago. Slowly at first, they had wilted, grown brown and limp. Recently, they had started drooping so low that you had to push past them to get in the house. They were GREAT decorations for a spooky Halloween, but definitely not the welcoming vision I wanted for my front door step. Yes, I know it has been seven months since…

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How Dancing With the Stars Feeds my Soul

Time sure seems to be in short supply these days. The hours whiz by and my To Do list is always longer than what I can possibly get done in any given day (or week). It’s a bit demoralizing, to tell you the truth. I have a tendency to measure my sense of accomplishment based on how productive I am. Can you relate? Somewhere along the way I developed the (faulty) belief that my value increases with the amount of stuff I get done. My inner self knows that it’s not true, and I am working on…

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The Abundant Life: Here I Come!

I’m up early again, 4:30am. I woke to the sound of my toddler’s cries because she wet her bed. As I tenderly cleaned her up and changed her sheets, I made sure that she felt accepted exactly as she is, whether or not she stays dry through the night. No judgment, only love. Now she’s sleeping again and I can’t get this thought out of my head: How can I show that same unconditional love to myself?

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I Can’t Sleep.

I got up early this morning thinking big thoughts. I tried to go back to bed but just stared at the ceiling for a while and finally decided to get up and start my day. I’ll tell you what I’ve been thinking about. A few weeks ago I went to a thought-provoking conference at Haas Business School about Women in Leadership. One panelist, Haas graduate Danae Ringelmann of IndieGoGo, shared her learning that as an entrepreneur: “You need to think of yourself as a professional experimenter. The beliefs you hold are really just assumptions.” That idea has stayed…

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TwitterFace – Ack!!

If you are feeling overwhelmed about the social media revolution, you are not alone. As I log hours learning and living with the social networking technology pervasive now, I’ve experienced first-hand getting lost, frustrated and exhausted in the Twitter – Facebook vortex. Hours have disappeared as I’ve spun off on tangents reading tweets that lead to blogs that lead to web sites. I’ve had moments after reading posts when I’ve thought, “Wow, other people are doing interesting things, and I’m not doing anything!” I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any help in the “I’m not…

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Winky to the Rescue

My toddler takes a small stuffed animal with her everywhere. Grubby and well-loved, Winky is the first one she turns to when things get stressful. By cuddling him my 2 ½ year-old centers herself. He truly is her touchstone.   Why am I telling you this?   Because cherished objects can be life savers in times of transition.   People contemplating deliberate, on-purpose change in their lives face an exciting and scary journey. In my one-on-one work with clients, we identify what a person most wants from their life and then how to make this vision their…

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