Values for the Holidays

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Living into our values means that we do more than profess our values, we practice them. It is the season again! This is the time of year where many of us find ourselves busy preparing our homes, kitchens and families for the holidays. In the busyness, it is often easy to forget why we celebrate the way we do. Brené Brown defines a value as “a way of being or believing that we hold most important.” Which values do you want to live this festive season? Click To TweetThis week, I have been thinking about what the next week would … Read More

Whispers and Wishes

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“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.” -Howard Thurman When I started writing this blog in 2014, I really had no idea what I wanted it to be. I knew at the time that I wanted it to be a place where I could ask the questions that come up for me, and share what I was learning. When I look back at the first post, I realize that those questions still serve me well as I plan for 2018, … Read More

A Christmas Baking Story

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“When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!” -Brené Brown Like many other people, I spent part of the festive season baking sweet treats in my kitchen. One of the best things about baking, is that I sometimes get together with friends to share the work. Recently, I had the opportunity to bake with an artist friend of mine. For those of you who don’t know me very well, I bake like most people work on prize winning science experiments. Measurement is IMPORTANT in my world, and instructions are to be followed … Read More

Two-part Christmas Tree Problems

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Last week, I was visiting a coffee shop where three staff members were erecting a Christmas tree. All went well in the beginning. The tree was standing solidly in its’ stand. The bottom half of the branches of the tree unfolded into a beautiful shape. They added the top part of the tree next. Without unfolding the branches before putting up the top half, the branches were suddenly impossibly high to unfold. Several ladders and stepping stools were brought out, all to no avail. The branches of the tree seemed impossibly high to unfold. It seems so easy to see … Read More

Lessons learned.

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lessons learned

Writing a blog is an interesting thing. I get to say (a lot of) stuff. Occasionally, people read the stuff. And then, sometimes, I get to get it really wrong. My most recent blog post was a case in point. I had it all teed up. I was ahead enough in the writing to have it ready to go for a few weeks ahead of schedule. Except of course for the part where I put in the wrong posting date for one of the posts! So, if you saw the post on Facebook, Twitter, or the newsletter, you would have … Read More

Work and success

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work and success

One of the people who most inspires me is Seth Godin. Mr. Godin has written a daily blog for well over a decade (actually, the first one I can find is January 31, 2002!) while starting multiple successful business ventures and writing 22 books. His stature as a successful businessman, thought provoking leader, writer and thinker is not an accident. It is the result of him going back every day for decades to toil over his passions. Success is the result of going back daily to toil over your passion. Click To Tweet For most of us, there are times in … Read More

Lessons learned from fog

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This morning, I woke to a cloud of fog drifting above the river. This often happens where I live, on cool mornings before the sun streams over the mountain peaks. Fog has always fascinated me. I love that I can sometimes feel as though I am in the clouds. I love the sense of being in a small and contained world. I love the temporary nature of it, the certain knowledge that all I need to do is wait, and the fog will lift. All that is needed for fog to lift, is time. Click To Tweet Life sometimes feels … Read More

Being real

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being real

At a social event today, I ran into an acquaintance I have known for several years. While talking, our conversation turned into a heartfelt, open discussion about similar issues we struggle with. In that moment where we both dropped our respective masks of pretending to have it all figured out, we experienced a deep connection. As I write this hours later, I still feel the power of that connection. Authenticity means sharing ourselves in a sincere, open and genuine way. Click To Tweet What does it mean to be authentic? Authenticity means sharing ourselves in a way that is sincere, open … Read More