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Realize Your Dreams

The end of the year is upon us. I don’t know about you, but 2013 has gone by incredibly fast for me. This is the first year in a very long time that I’m planning to take the two weeks off between Christmas and New Year’s. I’m realizing that this stretch of time is there for a reason: not just to celebrate the holidays, but also to rest, reflect, and prepare for the beginning of the next year. It is tempting to let life  just happen to us. With all the demands we have on our shoulders…

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Practicing Gratitude

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love that it’s about slowing down, taking notice of the abundance around us, and appreciating those we love and who have supported us in our lives. But I have to be honest: when I first sat down to write this post, I wasn’t feeling very grateful. It is so easy to become focused on what we don’t have, haven’t yet achieved, or still want for our lives.  It can be difficult to pause and appreciate our accomplishments. While it’s good to be motivated and have goals, sometimes we are too hard…

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Letter to My Daughter

As a career coach and a mother, I have been thinking a lot about the messages my five year old daughter is receiving. I think about how these messages, as she ventures out into the world encountering new situations and experiences in school, with friends, with her family, and seeing examples of how people live and the choices they make, will affect her. Here are some things I would like to share with her, lessons I’ve learned and advice for her to consider as she shapes her life through childhood and beyond. Some thoughts: Know that although…

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Let’s Play!

Play is as important to adults as it is to children.  If you hang around my blog much, you’ll soon start to notice how important the idea of play is—whether child or corporate executive, we all must play to tap into our deepest creative well.  As adults, when we have a project or business that we are passionate about, it’s easy to become totally engrossed in our work. Then, before you know it, hours have passed in a flash. Even days. Being productive is a great feeling. But it is important to make sure that your life…

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My 6 Takeaways from the 2013 World Domination Summit

A few weekends ago, I attended the World Domination Summit. WDS is a gathering in Portland, Oregon, created and organized by Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, blogger, and thought-leader in the arena of non-conformity. I have long been an admirer of Chris’ and was thrilled to secure a ticket to his sold-out event. WDS began in 2011 with 500 participants, doubled in size a year later to 1,000, and this year tripled to nearly 3,000 attendees. Chris’ vision in creating WDS was founded on three values: community, adventure, and service. His fundamental quest is to…

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Graduation Season

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity for me. As co-graduation coordinator at my daughter’s school, I’ve been putting together the graduation program, confirming numbers, collecting contributions from parents and coordinating the class gift, and planning the celebration. Did I mention that my daughter is in preschool? Whether it’s preschool, high school, or college, graduation is a bittersweet time for parents. My daughter’s ceremony is causing lots of typical parental thoughts to flash through my mind—the things every parent has wished (i.e., worried) about for their child since the beginning of time. We want…

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Letting Go of Career “Mistakes”

I must be on a cleaning kick. In my last blog post, I wrote about how cleaning the clutter out of my home office helped me feel reenergized and inspired. Today I want to talk about cleaning a different kind of clutter: mental clutter. Are you someone who dwells on mistakes? Do you have a hard time letting things go? Do you tell yourself things like: I should have followed up with that client sooner… I wish I hadn’t spent money on (fill in the blank)… If only I had gotten that promotion (or fill in the…

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The Ebb and Flow of Strong Emotion

There is an image that helps me weather times of intense emotion, such as fear or sadness, and I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps it will resonate and help you in times of stress, too. My favorite beach in Maui is Napili Bay, a beautiful small crescent of sand and surf with a view of neighboring island Molokai. When I’m there, I wade in past the breaking waves to a spot where I am up just up to my neck in the water but I can still touch. The sandy bottom has no rocks, so…

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The Benefits of Meditation for Your Work Life

A healthy body and mind are essential for optimal performance—on the job and off. As you may know from reading my blog, I love to dance. Not only is it fun, but it’s also part of my fitness routine. Even when I’m lethargic and feel like skipping dance class, I always feel so much better and happier afterwards. It’s a physical and mental boost! Keeping one’s body in shape is important because it also keeps the mind sharp. Don’t think for a minute that learning and practicing Zumba moves doesn’t involve some high-level motor and memory skills!…

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Beginning Your Journey

Sometimes, the first step is the hardest one. It’s so easy to procrastinate and keep putting things off, especially things you dream about for your life. But if you truly desire change, taking that first step is crucial. It tells your brain that you ARE doing this. Whatever “this” is—changing your career, your health, your lifestyle. When you take that first tiny step, it’s no longer some distant, vague hope far away in the future. By taking steps to achieve it, you make your dream real—and harder to ignore. Maybe that first step is buying a guidebook for…

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