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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...

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...

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...

April 24, 2017

The other day, a friend of mine shared some of his old digital photographs with me. While this normally wouldn't be earth shattering news, his photos were stunning.

No, really. They took my breath away and spoke to me in a way that only beautiful art can.

So I told him t...

April 14, 2017

You're perfectly rational, right?

You always make good decisions, you're fair and thoughtful, and would never let something interfere with your logical demeanor.

The bad news: you're kidding yourself.

The good news: you can do something to improve your decision-making.

Unf...

March 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested that I've been "hiding" for years.

Not hibernating, which implies a conscious decision to withdraw or be in seclusion.

But hiding. In plain sight. Careerwise, that is.

He observed that I had subconsciously placed myself at the periphery...

March 24, 2017

Last night during our volleyball playoffs, I had a pretty good game. My serves were strong, and my sets led to powerful spikes (and smartly placed dinks).

But it was my work as a back row defender that really stood out.

Though our undefeated opponents had ringers as...

March 19, 2017

"Italian permeates the system."

That's what my Dad used to say when we'd ask about our family’s background. Of course, this would produce eye-rolling from my Mom (the only non-Italian in the house) and giggles from my sisters and me.

But it turns out he was right.

Well, k...

March 8, 2017

Sticking my tongue out.

It's a dead giveaway that I'm concentrating and working hard to make something happen.

This has been my “tell” since I was a little girl, as evidenced by this photo from my preschool days. In it, I've (literally) rolled up my sleeves and am workin...

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