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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 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 […]

Aug 29, 2022

The American rugged individualistic myth is destroying us. I remember barely hanging on to the escalator railing, heavy and sluggish after 15 hours alone on planes from St. Louis to Johannesburg, South Africa. What comes into view as I descend are a massive giraffe and the arrivals and departures boards. Then a two-story tile wall […]

Aug 22, 2022

The most freeing idea is you can live as who you are today. Yes, right now, in this very moment, you have all the worth you need. You don’t have to earn the right to care for yourself. I’m about self-improvement, of course! I want to keep growing and becoming the truest and most healthy […]

Aug 15, 2022

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 […]

Aug 10, 2022

What is ordinary to you is magic to others. When we tell our stories, in meetings, in pitches, in a post, we are leading from connection and relationships. Lauren Ready of Forever Ready Productions offered gem after gem about the importance of telling your unique story as a business owner and as a leader during […]

Aug 8, 2022

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 […]

Aug 1, 2022

I love looking to the future. I am always thinking about what’s next, how to make things better, what new ideas are around, what can I do, and dream to make life better for me, my family, my clients, and the world around me. Turning to a fresh page in my iris-leather planner, inkjoy pen […]

Jul 1, 2022

It’s been a week, friends. It’s been a week. Congressional hearing bombshells, Supreme Court rulings, and a host of other issues have nearly everyone I’ve talked to off-kilter (at best). Today I was having lunch with a new friend at a delicious Mexican place with straws too big for the glasses. I, of course, got […]

Jun 17, 2022

This message landed in my IG inbox, and I thought the whole class might like to hear the answer. Before I answer the nature versus nurture question, a short story: I remember sitting on the concrete stoop of my little white house with green shutters waiting for my dad. My mom was an OB nurse […]

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