“Oh, this isn’t good.” The blinking dashboard, clicking sounds, and flickering headlights on my van signaled real trouble. As I pulled into the QuickTrip at dusk, I dreaded turning off the car because I just knew it wouldn’t start again. So stuck in rural north Tennessee, 3 ½ hours from home with my 17-year-old daughter […]
“This is the call I didn’t know I needed,” my client burst out with a huge smile on her face. Janie was part of a group I coach inside a large animal health company that is working to help its people not only gain skills, but also work better together to change the culture. And […]
At the small conference table in his new director’s office, Kevin confessed, “I feel so confused, and I’m just a failure at this.” Everything began to spill out: He didn’t feel supported. Other departments demanded things he just had to figure out on his own. So he was creating goals and tasks that could prove […]
“Hi, this is the nurse at HoneyRock…” No one wants this phone call. It’s never good. (Poor school and camp nurses, they never get to call with good news unexpectedly!) Adventures in the camp van to the local ER an hour away and an X-ray revealed a broken foot for our youngest daughter. And a […]
I totaled my dad’s car when I was 16—in my own driveway… I backed the ‘82 Cutlass Supreme into a random F250 black truck with an enormous tow hitch that had chosen that moment to turn around in our driveway in our h-shaped driveway. What I didn’t use that winter morning? My mirrors. Cost me […]
I stopped counting at 4 hours trying to solve an issue with a flight change. Messaging with the airline, trying to fix the problem online, and finally on hold on the phone. Friend, I am currently listening to the hold music with interruptions from the voice that says, “You can conveniently solve this problem at […]
Ding! I opened the text preview at my kitchen table. I dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter, who confirmed — it didn’t make sense. I’d like […]
I’ve attempted to sit and write this about 67 times in the last five days. I’m prone to distraction and prone to work in crevices, rather than creating space for deep, focused work. Because WHAT IF I MISS SOMETHING?! What if something even better happens while I’m focused? When I believe the deep fear of […]
My plane was delayed last month because of poor communication and a dog. My 5:20am flight (YIKES) was set to leave early, when the flight attendants started whispering about a dog on the plane. I’m in the second row, so I’ve got a front-row seat to the quandary. “The dog’s not in a carrier.” “She […]
“That’s not how you do it,” she chided. “It’s how Aunt Frances taught me,” the other defended. “No, it’s not.” “Were you there?” “Do you make these every year?” In a kitchen covered with 100s of wedding cookies, my two Italian aunts suddenly turned from excited chatter to excessive bickering. How did two sisters in […]
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