Bubbling fountains surrounded by late summer flowers, wrought-iron gazebos dotting an expanse of green lawn, and majestic buildings lined the perimeter. Walking along the brick path, the beauty was everywhere at Belmont. But that same beauty created a challenge for us as we tried to find the right building for the next campus event. On […]
“Absolutely not. I am not about power,” I vehemently disagreed with my executive coach. Sitting at a busy Starbucks, I could not understand why we were even talking about power. This wise coach picked up her blonde brew and kindly said, “Jenn, I need you to listen. Everything has a power. Every person holds power. […]
I feel like it’s all been raining down the past couple of weeks. It was the final show of the year for our high schooler, and another driver rear-ended her on the Friday before the show…totaling the car (no injuries! Thank the Lord!). I’ve been traveling and so has Michael. We had out-of-town guests. A […]
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 […]
Assumicide attacked our home one weekend. Casualties were great. In my pale celery green kitchen, my hands full scooping out eggs for brunch, my oldest man-child loomed in the doorway and kindly called me on an assumption. Ouch. Just the day before, this same then-17-year-old and I had a similar conversation in the very same […]
Work doesn’t have to be this hard. It can be a joy. Joy, connection, belonging, purpose…all of that is available at work. As part of the wholeness of your life. You can work where your strengths are embraced, and your growth is championed. A place where values drive innovation and care, sustaining a wholehearted, flourishing […]
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 […]
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 […]
Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]
You’re pool-side, slathering sunscreen on a kid who just wants to get into the water, and that slack ping on your phone tickles your ears. Resentment, guilt, insecurity all flood your chest. What should you do? Here’s the goal: Stop shoulding on yourself. So I’m not gonna tell you what you should do. But I […]
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