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Sep 30 2020

Impact with Intention.

Impact. Can be subtle or obvious. Impact. It can unexpectedly change us, our circumstances, plans, dreams, direction, perspective and perception. Impact. Can be for good or harm. Rarely neutral. Our words, that make up sentences, that create conversations, that build your family, work and community culture impact for good or...

Sep 25 2020

The Stories that Influence What Can Be

What’s a story you tell yourself? We tell ourselves multiple stories throughout the day. You know, the stories we tell ourselves when we look in the mirror [if I could change ______, I’d be more happy]. The stories we tell ourselves when someone doesn’t smile and wave or respond immediately...

Sep 23 2020

Depleting or Elevating: a conversation assessment

This picture. It shows the man I’ve loved for over 36 yearscreating and inviting conversation with two young boys that we both love fiercely Every conversation we have either offers energy or depletes.   Rarely do our conversations have neutral impact. We will deplete. The question is will we seek...

Jul 27 2020

This is a Trek

This is a trek. Downed trees on the trails we need make the decision to jump over or crawl under. Established roots rearing up on the trail that trip us up if we aren't watching our step. Unexpected bends and landscapes on portages. Potential nocuous plants on each side of...

Jul 27 2020

Authentic Conversations Name the Fear

Connection. Real connection can only occur when we are willing to risk, willing to create or participate in conversations that allow us to be vulnerable. Just below the words we text, type, speak is an emotion and often in difficult conversations it’s fear. [test this out... when you read or...

Jul 27 2020

Surrender as an Act of Faith

I’m stirring this one around in my mind this week. Asking myself what am I currently afraid to surrender and why even the word surrender stirs discomfort for me. You and I are being faced with decisions and circumstances that we have not had to face previously. Decisions on what...

Apr 20 2020

Before. Middle. Otherside.

Before. Middle. Otherside. What we do in the middle matters...regardless if we are facing an unexpected health diagnosis, a conflict in the work team or a worldwide pandemic. The middle matters and offers opportunities often disguised as inconveniences, frustrations, grief or even a crisis. What we do in the middle;...

Mar 29 2020

The Truth about Connection

Connection. We were designed to connect. It’s in our DNA as humans. We are connected. If we ever doubted that, we now are observing just how connected we are. We impact. Whether we are aware of how we impact or that we have impact doesn’t change the truth that as...

Mar 16 2020

Tending to Your Table

​I have found that for myself, along with many of the clients I coach and consult with overlook the no or low cost strategies when it comes to tending to our tables [aka practicing self-care in relevant ways that build resiliency].  We look for the right program to join or...

Oct 30 2019

Breast Cancer is not an Identity

Breast cancer. It was an experience but not an identity. When I was first diagnosed in January 2016 with an aggressive form of breast cancer, this was my prayer: God help me to offer up this experience but don’t allow it to become my identity. A few Octobers have passed...