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October 11, 2017

When am I most impressed? When I witness purity of purpose and talent.

There are a lot of talented folks who work tirelessly…but yearn to do something that aligns with their purpose. They spin their wheels to be productive and get ahead (and often do, by conventional st...

October 3, 2017

It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.

This is a phrase I’ve said countless times to our girls, especially when they have a rough start in class, or in a game or tournament. But lately, for the last week or so, I’ve been uttering it to myself.

Aside from the sheer...

September 25, 2017

Cilantro: the great divider.

In my experience, people either love it or hate it. (Spoiler alert: I’m a fan of the flavor and brightness it adds, but I respect those who disagree with me.)

Imagine visiting a restaurant with friends or business associates. You’re hungry, b...

August 24, 2017

There seem to be two types of people in this world: those who will tell you that you have broccoli in your teeth, and those who won’t.

In my experience, those who do tell you tend to be observant and helpful.

And those who won’t are either too wrapped up in their own wor...

July 20, 2017

Before I pop out of bed each morning, I make a conscious choice. Several, actually.

I’m not talking about what to have for breakfast, what to wear, or even what workout I’m going to tackle.

The first thing I decide is how my day is going to be.

True, we have no control ov...

July 12, 2017

Struggling to be heard? Your natural inclination may be to raise your voice, literally or metaphorically.

But this world has a cacophony of noise. Tons of distractions. A million reasons that make it difficult to listen.

Yelling louder won’t help you break through.

Worse,...

June 14, 2017

This morning I went to my local Peet's Coffee and ordered the same drink I order every morning: a medium almond milk latte with cinnamon steamed into the milk.

Except I really didn't have to.

You see, I order it with such frequency that the crew already knows my drink be...

June 5, 2017

The other day, a friend paid me a strange yet wonderful compliment. He said that the word I used most was noticed, as in “I noticed that you ______.”

He went on to explain that I pay attention to things, but more importantly, I take action.

Read that last part again: I t...

May 10, 2017

We’ve all been there.

You do something and immediately have a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Or maybe someone you’ve just met sends shivers down your spine. That person seems nice, but there’s something about him or her that feels off, though you can’t put your...

May 6, 2017

I love to write.

Actually, I love to express myself. Which can come in handy when I'm trying to write but feel stuck.

When I hit a wall, creatively-speaking, my favorite way to get unstuck is to walk away from the computer and get dirty.

No, really. I'm talking paint-spla...

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