“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 […]
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 […]
Poop jokes all day long in my house this week. Not because we have babies or dogs, but because we’re in our mid-40s and our doctors prescribed a colon cancer screening. While I felt incredibly grateful for how much easier “poop-in-a-box” is than a colonoscopy, I still faced testing the most basic function of my […]
“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 […]
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