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Birthday Reflections

Today I celebrate my 45th birthday. Whoa. 45. Shit. I have mixed feelings about this. I don't think of myself as someone who is "middle-aged." In my mind, I'm perpetually 30ish. I feel like it was just last week that I thought 45 was SO old.  I once read somewhere that if you dread turning ...

Hiking: A Powerful Metaphor for Life

Melissa and I recently went hiking in a new area. We were excited to see some different scenery and spend a day outdoors. We packed up our CamelBaks, snacks, sweatshirts, first aid kit, sunglasses, lip balm, and gum. All the essentials. That is, until we got to the trail head. We weren't ...

Warning: Surrender Ahead

When is the email going to come? I expected a response weeks ago! Tom Petty is right. The waiting is the hardest part.  In between obsessively checking my inbox, I make all sorts of plans dependent on a positive reply. I really think it's gonna happen. I mean, how could it not? ...

Are You Letting Old Thinking Destroy Your Relationships?

My phone chimes. Another text from Ron*. "What's the address for the restaurant we're meeting at tonight?" I roll my eyes. I know he has a smart phone so why can't he just look it up himself?! I text back: "465 West Main Street," as I groan. Well, now I don't know if I ...

Want To Escape? Hold Up a Minute…

Imagine this: You're really fed up with your job, and you have been for a while. Your dream is to quit, flipping off your boss as you leave with your box of personal items. You'll figure out how to support yourself once this stress is off your shoulders. You call your sister ...

Let’s Make Love Louder

Hate and anger seem to be commanding the stage these days. The presidential race in the United States is a shit show. People on opposite sides of the fence are raging. They're throwing insults and punches. They're sparking more violence. More anger. More hate. Extremists around the world are killing innocent ...

A Proven Antidote to Busyness

As I sit here looking out my window at the river, listening to the birds chirping, and feeling the breeze on my face, I've momentarily forgotten about all that needs my attention. I've got loose ends that need tying, taxes to be organized, laundry to be folded, a newsletter to be ...

What Does Success Mean To You?

I'm on a call with a client and he's having a hard time reconciling his head and his heart when it comes to his career. His head tells him to strive, excel, and go for more. His heart tells him to take a break, slow down, and chill. As he ...

Who Do You Think You Are?

Does this question ever creep up when you're considering a bold move? Whether writing a book, setting a boundary, traveling the world, or declining an invitation, our monkey mind can chime in with this universal brake-slammer. This smackdown keeps us small and hidden and dulls our light. It's a way to keep ...

When It Comes to Success In Business, Think Relationships Before Results

Many entrepreneurs struggle with the feast or famine reality that can be a regular part of business. When it's feast time, you get to breathe, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. That is until famine rolls around. Then it's rush, rush, rush, create, create, create, launch, launch, launch. Chasing ...

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