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Leadership Lesson From Francis Mallman Of Chef’s Table

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Empowerment, Leadership, Transition | 0 comments

Leadership Lesson From Francis Mallman Of Chef’s Table

It’s 5:30am and I’m watching Chef’s Table on Netflix.

I never, ever thought I’d start a sentence with:  It’s 5:30am and I’m doing…anything but sleeping, but the love of my life begins his work at 5am, so I have become a Morning-Person-In-Training, rather than live on a different schedule from him.

Ah, the things we do for love.

It was rough, at first.  I’m not gonna lie.

But, now, I actually like it because I can get a whole lot done before my business day begins…like having time to watch a little Netflix with my morning tea and then write a blog post for you. 🙂

I actually planned to write about something else this morning, but I was inspired by Francis Mallman – an Argentine chef who was the focus of the episode of Chef’s Table that I was watching. (more…)

Shawn Achor And Searching For Happiness

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Empowerment, Spirituality | 2 comments

Shawn Achor And Searching For Happiness

A friend and client texted a cartoon to me, this morning, about searching for happiness.

“I thought you would enjoy this,” she said.

She was right……..and my coaching ways are totally working when my clients and friends see something like this and want to share it!  #moohahaha 😉

Here is the cartoon (you can view this post in your browser, if the image doesn’t show in your email): (more…)

John Assaraf And Remembering To Put The Glass Down

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Empowerment, Leadership, Transition | 0 comments

I received an email, yesterday, from one of my clients who is considering whether she is in the right job.

She was updating me on something we had spoken about in our last coaching session and, then, at the end of her email, she wrote this:

“I also ended up not working this weekend, even though I knew it would be good to catch up on a few things so this week would be less crazy, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, today, I’m trying to practice being on my side and not my case, as I’m realizing how much work there is to do this week.” (more…)

Inc Article On Brené Brown And Rising Strong

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in Empowerment, Goals-Intentions-Vision, Leadership, Transition | 0 comments

Inc Article On Brené Brown And Rising Strong

I’m dedicating this week’s post to my mother, who is definitely a living example of Rising Strong, after surviving a stroke, last year.  You are inspiring and courageous, Mom.  Thank you for getting back up.

Rising Strong is best-selling author and social researcher Brené Brown’s latest book where she turns her interest to those people who set a course, had some wins and losses – sometimes huge losses, but who got back up and began again, until they succeeded. (more…)

Big Magic from Elizabeth Gilbert with Marie Forleo

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Creativity, Managing Fear | 0 comments

Big Magic from Elizabeth Gilbert with Marie Forleo

Okay, I know it’s been awhile.  I fell in love with a wonderful man and deeper in love with my life and my work and spent the summer coaching and playing and, as you well know, not writing.

But I miss my creativity (and YOU)!

Writing is my creative way of connecting with you, myself, my work, and my imagination, so I’m back and I’ve got a great share for you, this week, on this very topic of creative living! (more…)

Change Is An Inside Job

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Empowerment, Spirituality, Transition | 0 comments

When someone begins to work with me on a transition, they are usually seeking or considering some external change.

Is this the job or career path for me?

Is this the relationship for me?

Is this the move for me?

But Change is an inside job.

It is internal work that begins in your heart and mind.

It starts with unhappiness. (more…)

Finding True Love

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 in Goals-Intentions-Vision, Relationships, Spirituality, Transition | 1 comment

Finding True Love

As you know, after all the endings last year, this year has been about new beginnings.

Last year was about destruction.

This year has been about creation.

And one of the areas of my life that I actively sought creation was in finding true love.

Finding true love in the form of the perfect man for me, at the perfect time. (more…)

Willingness To Change

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Empowerment, Transition | 0 comments

*This post contains photos so, if you aren’t seeing them, view the post on my site.

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is willingness to change.

To create the change you want, you first have to find the willingness to change.

If you are unwilling to change your mind, your thinking, your ideas, your approach, etc., you are really more in resistance to change than willingness to change.

Guess where I have been for the past week? (more…)

Manifesting Friendship

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 in Empowerment, Goals-Intentions-Vision, Transition | 0 comments

At the beginning of the year, I realized I not only wanted to manifest true love in my life, I also wanted some new, single friends to pal around with because my existing friends are mostly married.

(Not that my married friends aren’t wonderful…[you know who you are]…they are just hanging out with their spouses on a Friday night.)

So, I began manifesting friendship. (more…)

Are You Powerful?

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Empowerment | 0 comments

I’m keeping this week’s post short (but powerful), in light of the upcoming holiday weekend.

I have a defining question for you.

One that seems simple, but I hope you’ll actually give it some thought because it’s easy to answer off the cuff, but, in truth, your answer to it probably changes, depending on how you are feeling.

My question for you is: (more…)

How To Check Your Inner Control Freak

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 in Empowerment, Managing Fear, Relationships, Transition | 0 comments

A couple of mornings ago, I was walking with one of my friends – we’ll call her Pam – and she was sharing her frustration and concern for her husband because he has had some health problems crop up and she felt that he wasn’t making the choices and lifestyle changes that he needed to, to support his health.

Pam told us that she keeps telling her hubby he needs to eat right, and exercise, but he isn’t listening. (more…)

Fear And Love

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Empowerment, Managing Fear, Transition | 0 comments

Hi gang!

Sorry you didn’t hear from me for the past 2 weeks!

The first week, I came down with food poisoning! UGH!  It took all of my energy not to die and, then, when I realized I was going to live, to recover!  (Stay away from salmon leftovers.  Even if it’s “a shame to let it go to waste.”  Not. Worth. It.  Just sayin’.)

From there, it takes a certain amount of presence and calm for me to write, so I had to wait until I could create that kind of peace in and around me. (more…)

The Book Of Awakening

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Spirituality, Transition | 0 comments

The Book Of Awakening

A couple of weeks ago, one of my clients asked me if I had any recommendations of books that help you contemplate life and inspire.

The kind of book that you can pick up each day – or randomly – and it will uplift and make you think about your life. (more…)

Memorial Day And Taya Kyle Talking About Heroes

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Leadership | 0 comments

Have you seen the movie American Sniper about former Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle?

His wife, Taya Kyle, recently published a book called, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal.

I happened to run across an interview she did on The View, earlier this month, discussing the book and, as I watched Kyle navigate questions designed to get her to cry (which they managed to do), I was also struck by her wisdom and grace, especially when she was asked this, by host Nicolle Wallace (see 05:10 mark in the video link above): (more…)

Finding The Solution

Posted on May 13, 2015 in Empowerment, Goals-Intentions-Vision | 0 comments

When something is going wrong, do you ask yourself questions like, “Why did I do that?”

Or “What was I thinking?”

When you focus on the problem – especially, if it’s you – you just drill yourself further into the ground, bring up bad feelings, and make it harder for your brain to help you in finding the solution.

It’s not uncommon, when I first begin working with someone and I ask them what they want to achieve with our coaching, that I get an “away from” answer. (more…)

J.K. Rowling And Change

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Empowerment, Managing Fear, Transition | 0 comments

Every time I run across a quote or interview with J.K. Rowling, I’m struck with the depth of her wisdom.

She is famous as the author of the Harry Potter books, but she is also a living example of hope and inspiration, as her journey to fame and fortune, took her through really tough times.

One of my favorite quotes comes from a 2008 commencement speech J.K. Rowling gave at Harvard.  She said: (more…)

Are You A Multiplier Or A Diminisher?

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Leadership | 0 comments

One of the keynote speakers at the coaching conference I attended, earlier this month, was Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group and author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

In her talk, she shared with us the key concepts in Multipliers, specifically that there are leaders who attract talent and expand people’s abilities to perform at their best.  These are Multipliers.

There are also Diminishers – leaders who are so self-focused that they only invest in building up or protecting themselves, usually at the cost of those around them. (more…)

Shoulding All Over Yourself

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Empowerment | 0 comments

Hi gang!  I’m back!

Where was I, you ask?

Actually, as a matter of fact, many of you did ask.  Which I have to admit, touched my heart.

Pretty cool to hear that (a) you noticed your Wednesday emails from me were missing for a couple of weeks and (b) that not just a few of you told me how much you look forward to receiving them.

Thank you!!  Made me feel all fuzzy inside and I send my love and appreciation right back to ya!

Even you “bottom-liners” who’ve gone completely nauseous by this love fest and have skipped to the middle of this post to see if there is anything redeeming here before deleting. (more…)

Pink Panther, Mom, Change, And Kittens!

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Transition | 0 comments

I feel like I should be saying “April Fools!!” right now, but I’m just not an April Fools kinda person.

Plus, I really do have pictures of kittens to share with you, so…cat’s out of the bag!  (I. am. Hilarious!!)

Dumb jokes.  Groaners.  Puns.  Love ’em!  But, no, practical jokes just aren’t my thing.

My friends who have siblings tell me it’s because I’m an only child and they’re probably right.

Nobody was constantly trying to get me, growing up. (more…)

How To Have Goals And Live In The Present Moment

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 in Goals-Intentions-Vision, Spirituality | 0 comments

Judging by the amount of questions and comments I’ve received from my posts on struggling with and then learning to trust and live in the present moment, many of you are working on trust and living in the present moment.

One question/objection I got a lot was:

How to have goals AND live in the present moment?

To live in faith, in the present moment, is NOT to avoid making plans or have goals or dreams. (more…)