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Jun 5, 2022

Nothing about the last two weeks has been our typical rhythm. Not. One. Thing.Has it been this way for you? I mean part of it is MIWTD (May is worse than December). So how did I cope? Other parts are outside of May Madness. One son graduated and another had knee surgery. We had out-of-town […]

Jul 8, 2020

Shuffling papers, walking from the desk to the kitchen table to the counter, and muttering to myself, I was a whirlwind of activity. More like I was circling the drain. Michael said, “Babe, do one thing at a time.” Didn’t he just diagnose that situation? Have you ever been there, spinning your wheels and going […]

Apr 14, 2020

The past is cozy. It’s hard to fear the past. There are no to-do lists. There are no people to deal with. No energy to expend.  It can lull us into a comfortable melancholy of what was, & we withdraw from the world. Each of us has moments when people are just too much. The […]

Oct 1, 2019

There’s always a story inside my head. And in yours. It’s how the brain makes sense of the information it receives. The narrative we create inside our heads colors every new input and shapes our communication. I once had a leader whose saccharine facade and passive-aggressive nature slowly created a toxic work environment and eroded […]

Sep 10, 2019

Today I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. When I have 468 to-do items and needs pulling me in all the directions, I start doing constructive things like researching Christmas presents for my second cousin or scouring the bottom of the crisper drawer.  All tasks that really help me to meet my goal. (eye roll) I’ve just […]

Aug 5, 2019

I am impatient. I don’t want instant results, but I want the movie montage to get to the end. I want growth, grief, and conflict resolution to feel like the highlight reel. And that’s just the thing: I highlight reel implies a finishing. Here are snippets of all the work, conversations, practice, activities, waiting, and […]

Apr 12, 2019

Popcorn thoughts and piggybacking ideas? I’m there with purple markers and a whiteboard.  My natural preference thrives in big picture ideas and vision and goal setting and what’s next.  It’s the little, linear details of daily life that trip me up. Getting from one task to the next without succumbing to shiny distractions or bailing […]

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