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Help! How do I Reinvent my Career Now?

Are you struggling to re-invent your career…or do you know someone who is? I’m happy to announce that on Monday, April 24, 2017, I’ll be conducting a half-day workshop for a wonderful organization, ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women. ReBoot offers a unique set of programs designed by women for women to help them re-enter the workforce after a break in employment to raise children. Their programs help you prepare to compete in today’s connected world, landing a job that makes you feel fulfilled and impactful professionally. I recently conducted this workshop for them and it was so well-received that they have asked…

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Working With Your Spouse: Insights, One Year Later

My husband and I recently celebrated an important milestone: a year of working together. In January 2016 he resigned his last job and began working with me in the coaching and consulting company I have run for the past 13 years. It was a big step, one that we had noodled on and off for a long time and then happened very suddenly when he came home one day announcing he had tendered his resignation. From that moment on, we never looked back. Our life now looks completely different than it did before: we’ve essentially switched roles….

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Have You Picked Your Theme For The Year Yet?

Each year for the past few I have chosen a theme word to represent what I want more of (or less of) in the new year. This year, I have selected two words: flow and community. Flow because it is a continuation of a project we started last year when my husband joined me in the business. It was a decision to consolidate our work and personal lives into one flowing whole. A way to invest in our family in a new way, essentially switching roles so that we can support our children more fully while also…

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Tap Into Your Creativity in The New Year–We Need You!

At this time of great uncertainty, I often feel at a loss as a citizen, entrepreneur, and parent. I find myself wondering how best to walk through my days to make my existence worthwhile on this earth and be of service to others. I often feel sorely lacking in my compass, not sure how best to proceed, almost like I’m driving down a road with no map while feeling my way around curves and corners. Many times I spin off the road, into the gravel, not sure how best to proceed. And then I gather my bearings,…

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Making a Difference, One Family at a Time

The annual Jammie Drive we run touches two groups of people: those who receive the gifts and those who give them. The drive benefits residents of three East Bay Area shelters—havens for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. We provide cozy pajamas, socks and underthings, basics we take for granted, to these folks in need. We’ve run this program for four years now; it’s a big hit with local families and individuals looking to give back to their community. Here are comments from some of our donors about why they return year after year to participate: “This drive…

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Project Kon-Mari: The Closet Edition

I picked up Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, several months ago, intrigued by the premise and longing for less stuff in my life (and in my closet). With kids and a busy entrepreneurial lifestyle, my husband and I are constantly looking for ways to pare down the stuff around us, to varying degrees of success. He likes to throw things out to cut down on the clutter; I like to have a system so things don’t get messy again. Since I’m often short on time, my…

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My wallet’s gone missing…

My wallet has gone missing and I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself as I contemplate the mountain of work this will make for me. I have waited almost two days to cancel everything, on the hopes that I will find the wallet somewhere in my house or that some kind soul will turn it in and it will make its way back to me. As the hours progress after I’ve turned my home upside down and crawled around with a flashlight the floor of the movie theater where I suspect the wallet dropped out of my purse,…

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What to do When You Feel Like a Failure

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. It tends to be something that we don’t like to think about too much. It is easy to think that other people are perfect, that they don’t make mistakes. The reality is that we all fail sometimes. In fact, I can’t imagine how it would be possible to not fail because there is so much that were faced with on a daily basis—literally hundreds of micro-decisions to make in a day: what to eat, what to wear, what time to get up, whether or not to exercise, whether or…

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My Team Mate, My Husband

Several days this past week I’ve woken in the middle of the night mid-dream. The dream takes various forms: I’m lost in a building and can’t find my way out, or I’m trying to check out of a hotel but can’t pack my things fast enough to check out in time, are a couple of examples. I wake up in a sweat, and have trouble going back to sleep. My sleep has not been restful these past few weeks. When I think about these anxiety dreams, logically, I know where they come from. They are about all…

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A Wish For The New Year: Honoring Myself

I am going to get a bit personal today, to take a chance to express my internal longings for the double-purpose of saying out loud what I long for and also helping you connect with what you personally crave for your life, too. Here goes. I feel like a brilliant diamond that is covered up, not quite visible or glowing the way it has the potential to be. Mired down in the muck of feeling scared and limited in my skin, I find I’m not sure how to be who I really am. How to be myself…

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