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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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The Upside of Failure

The girls got whomped. It was a tough loss. With under-eight girls’ soccer, we don’t officially keep score, but the girls all do. I saw their downtrodden faces as we left the field, and my heart ached for them. And now, this morning, as I prepare to take the pitch for our next game against our fiercest component, I feel a pit of dread in my stomach. I want to protect them from feeling loss. But what I’m realizing as I write this is that there are valuable lessons in failure. For girls’ soccer, the importance of…

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You Can Do It

“If you had a chance to share a message with the world, and could guarantee everyone would hear and understand you, what would you say?” That was the question posed to me. What would my answer be? As I sat in the audience at the Conversation Among Masters coaching conference, I heard an immediate answer come to me: You can do it. Natalie Alexia was the woman who posed the question Natalie is a young English woman who had unwittingly started a global movement through her beautiful photography of all sorts of folks displaying their message written…

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Casual Fridays: Taking Care of Physical Health

One of the best things about working for myself is being able to make all the rules. Running a business is challenging, but there are some definite perks. Like casual Fridays. As I write this, I am sitting in my lovely office in a t-shirt, yoga pants, and sneakers. This is only the second or third time I have done this. I typically dress up every day for the office and for my clients, thinking it’s important that I look the part. I feel more official and good about myself when I’m wearing my professional clothes. Plus,…

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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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On Love

Today is the day of love. And I’m wondering how you are feeling about it. I have always enjoyed Valentine’s Day, even before I was in a relationship or a mother. There is something about hearts, pink and red, and making Valentine’s cards that makes me feel present and content. I’m sure it is easy to feel sad on this day, too. Sad if you don’t have the love you want. Sad that your dreams for your life are not your reality. Sad that you are starting yet another year and not on track to make what…

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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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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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