Life Balance

Chat with Mer: Finding Your Inner Calm, 4/22

Do you feel stressed out by your life and the people around you? If you answer yes (and really, who doesn’t feel stressed these days), consider joining me for my interview with stress management expert and Fast Company blogger Simma Lieberman on: Finding Your Inner Calm Wednesday, 4/22 @ 12pm PT / 3pm PT Learn more and RSVP to listen in here. These no-cost monthly Chat with Mer talks are focused on helping you build your sense of inner resourcefulness, and this month’s topic is right on point. Stressful situations are part of daily life and I’m pleased to welcome stress management expert Simma Lieberman…

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The Secret Ingredient to Making a Change

Here we are, already in March. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that are at risk of falling by the wayside? This year, I resisted setting resolutions and decided instead to focus on a yearly theme. My theme for this year is: relax. If you know me, you know that I don’t exactly relax—most of the time. For me, focusing on the idea of relaxing is a relative concept, allowing me to invite more ease into my life and find ways to both enjoy myself and make things simpler so I have more time and the…

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What You Are Meant For

You are meant to live a life that is meaningful. You are meant for a life that allows you to make a living using your true gifts and talents, a life that shines your light in the world. In fact, it is not only an opportunity, it’s your duty. Because we need your best work to make the impact you were born to make. No one can make the same contribution that you can, just as no one has your unique perspective or combination of talents, skills, interests, and passions. You are meant to quench the craving…

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Retreat for Success: Rituals to Wrap-up 2014 and Launch 2015

Do you want a roadmap for conducting a successful end-of-year personal retreat? As the year winds down, there is an opportunity, if we take it, to pause intentionally to close out the current year with gratitude and mindfulness. During this time, we can also greet the new year with an open heart, focused attention and clear expectations. With the harried energy that December brings, it can feel like you cannot take the time to do this, or that when you do you feel untethered because you don’t have a template to follow. If this is a place where you find…

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Chat With Mer, Sept. 17: Parenting + Entrepreneurship: 3 Keys to Integrating the 2

How does one manage being a parent and an entrepreneur at the same time? It’s something I think about and live every day. In this month’s Chat With Mer, I’m sitting down with my friend and colleague Cassandra Massey, Estate Planning Attorney and mom of two young boys, to discuss this topic. I admire Cassandra for her sustainable business success while remaining active in her children’s school and local community. I’m thrilled to discuss how she does it, while throwing in some of my own strategies as well. You will learn: What daily life is like managing a household of…

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When a Door Closes, a Window Opens

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about endings. Endings of jobs, personal relationships, life stages, business relationships, and other transitions. My clients deal with all types of endings in their lives and they come to me for support. I find in my clients – and observe in my own life – that endings can feel scary and produce a great deal of grief and suffering. I see why this happens. Whether we’ve decided to let something go, or it has been taken from us against our wishes, the familiar pressures, patterns, and ups and downs of routine…

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Chat with Mer, June 19: A Business Leader’s Search for Meaning

What makes a great leader – and a great life? On Thursday, June 19th, at 5pm PT / 8pm ET, I am featuring my friend and mentor Peter Weis, VP and CIO of Matson Navigation Company,  in my monthly teleseminar series, A Chat with Mer. Peter has been selected one of the CIO 100 by CIO Magazine and will accept this prestigious award later this summer. A good friend, he and I recently sat down to preview his acceptance speech for the award ceremony, on the topic of  dispelling the myth that personal fulfillment and organizational profitability are mutually exclusive. Please join me for: A Business Leader’s Search for…

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Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

Being the leader of your life takes effort. You need to get clear on what you want, You need to figure out how to best proceed to meet your objectives, and You need to act to make your vision your reality. But the secret is that you need to become comfortable with discomfort. It’s the essential ingredient to ultimately getting what you want. Whether you are endeavoring to change jobs, leave a relationship, get fit for a triathlon, or start a business, the key ingredient is grit. By that, I mean working hard + being okay with…

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Practice These 3 Confidence-Activating Strategies For Your Career

I’m thinking a lot about confidence these days. I’ve been working with my clients on feeling more confident in various professional situations, like job searches, performance reviews, and their presentation and leadership skills. While reflecting on this subject, I’ve come up with something: The importance of practicing intrinsic confidence. I say “practicing” rather than “building” to reflect that in each situation, in each conversation in each day of our professional lives, we have a choice to make—decisions that take us closer to confidence, embodying what we want from our lives professionally and personally. Like a muscle, we…

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How to Know When it’s Time to Quit Your Job

Have you been craving a change in your professional life? If so, sometimes the best way is to take a drastic step…and resign from your job. But how do you know when it’s time? The answer is different for everyone, certainly, and it depends on your personal situation. For financial or other reasons, you may need to secure a new position before tendering your resignation. And, there are some common themes that can indicate that it is time to dust off that résumé , pack up, and move on. A clue as to where to start: look at…

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