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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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Why Giving Matters

As I sit here on Black Friday deluged with ads, I feel a bit sad for our world. Not because I don’t like to shop; rather, it’s because the race towards Christmas, now that Thanksgiving is done, is so focused on acquiring material goods. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked the joy that finding just the right present for another person brings, and I have certainly enjoyed being on the receiving end of gift giving too. I have a confession–most of the time I don’t watch the news. I just can’t take it, to be honest….

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Building Resilience

Resilience is the ability to rebound from everyday challenges and adversity; it’s a key skill to develop to manage career and life changes. Like a muscle, resilience takes practice and repetition to strengthen. For some, resilience comes more naturally than to others. And for many of us, we are more resilient than we think. A long time ago, I had a painful experience that shaped my life’s trajectory for years. I had no choice but to trudge on. I kept putting one foot in front of the other, continually marching towards the dream I had for my…

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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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How Dancing With the Stars Feeds my Soul

Time sure seems to be in short supply these days. The hours whiz by and my To Do list is always longer than what I can possibly get done in any given day (or week). It’s a bit demoralizing, to tell you the truth. I have a tendency to measure my sense of accomplishment based on how productive I am. Can you relate? Somewhere along the way I developed the (faulty) belief that my value increases with the amount of stuff I get done. My inner self knows that it’s not true, and I am working on…

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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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