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Feb 3, 2023

The buzzy beep halted the entire boarding line. The gate agent kindly asked the woman, “Are you traveling with him?” “Yes.” “Oh, good. He scanned your boarding pass.” The woman rounded on him, “You idiot.” At first, I thought she was teasing her traveling companion. Just playful banter. But after the gate agent quickly solved […]

Jan 13, 2023

SMART goals are dumb. So are SMARTER goals. There. I said it. Before you go grasping your pearls, I think goals are valuable. Our brain needs pursuing something to feel excited and engaged in our life. Goals help us in the pursuit. But, our culture has gone a bit crazy. Google can’t even catalog the […]

Jan 6, 2023

I had the BEST plan for 2022. The last week of December 2021, I reflected and planned and word-of-the-yeared and vision-boarded. Business goals, personal goals, physical goals…all of it Beautiful! Wonderful! Amazing!  I had two big physical goals: move my body every day and sleep more. And New Year’s Eve 2021, I came down with […]

Dec 2, 2022

Our yellow couch was the place of absolute transformation. We sat together, looking at the excel sheet showing our total debt had crossed into the six figures…not including our house. My chest tightened and my heart physically hurt, almost like I was drowning. I guess because we were drowning in credit card, student loan, and […]

Nov 4, 2022

I howled with laughter as we careened around the corner of the Matterhorn Bobsled. We swished through tunnels and then out into the clear starry night. As we crested the top of the curve and Disneyland lay out under the crescent moon, I gasped with gratitude because I realized: I almost missed this. For years, […]

Oct 14, 2022

“You’re not the boss of me, Pippa!” Yes, I named and shouted at the British voice who tells me what to do on Waze.I have a love/hate relationship with turn-by-turn directions and GPS navigation systems. I really hate a machine telling me what to do. I am a full human who can read a map […]

Oct 7, 2022

Years ago, I sat at a new-to-me-but-actually-old desk, wondering,“Can I really do this job?”  I wasn’t worried about the tasks — training the trainers, creating schedules, talking with stakeholders, keeping records — I was worried about me dealing with all the people issues that come with a leadership role. I was excited about moving up, […]

Sep 9, 2022

Clicking the keys furiously, I was determined to finish a project before the session ended. Headphones in, glasses on, multiple beverages next to me: I was in deep focus work.  I avoid getting into focus work. My personality structure doesn’t like the discomfort of focus. WHAT IF I’M MISSING SOMETHING MORE FUN? And yet focus […]

Sep 5, 2022

My toes curled around the painted turquoise edge of the pool, and Coach Cooley was giving a million instructions on how not to break our necks. This felt really important…not breaking my neck. At 5 ½ years old, I was learning to do a racing dive into 3 feet of water. (It was barely the […]

Sep 2, 2022

Tightly gripping the black concert folder, I see a sea of nearly 3000 faces surrounded by red velvet and cream plaster. My breath catches: I’m about to sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Five different levels of balconies and boxes held an audience eager for a moving performance. A hundred vocalists on the risers […]

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