Family

I’m Terrible at Playing Pool

I’m terrible at playing pool. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after a few hours of attempted play over the years. I recently had a chance to re-test this theory and learned that yes, it is still accurate. We were in Lake Tahoe with my extended family staying in a gorgeous mountain home. The house had a wonderful game room complete with billiard table. Throughout the day and especially after the toddlers went down each night, the adults enjoyed many games of pool, gathered around the green table for a relaxing time. It wasn’t especially relaxing for…

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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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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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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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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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