6-Trust Is A Tough Thing

6th of 6 parts Trust is a tough thing. If we can’t trust our own truth, why would we be able to trust the truth of someone else? Walking through life in a way that hopefully helps someone who could use a friend or could stand to borrow a new perspective for a while on the way to their own growth is a fine kind of existence. I’m centered and don’t know what someone could say that could derail that. This is an important idea to share with those considering putting their personal perspective out there. When you know who you are, do you need those who reveal they can’t support you? Wouldn’t the support they’d give you – in the illusion of sameness you might have shared – have been disingenuous before you shared your truth? I don’t know…might seem simplistic. But, I choose to see these kinds of moments of awareness as gifts. They...

5-When A Voice Gets Its Wings

5th of 6 parts I’ve been asked a few times if this process of writing a book has been therapeutic. I want to continue this thought process to help others considering sharing their writing – as I’m guessing looking at ourselves is one of the hardest parts of being willing to write about our experiences. As for being therapeutic…  I’d say cathartic instead. It was a release of several awareness I’ve lived with from my personal experiences mixed with vast learning over the years. Sharing personal stories has been fascinatingly helpful to me in a way I didn’t expect. That’s, in part, because my initial focus for getting this book done was first and foremost – being tired of dragging around a plan from decades ago to write my damn book. It’s good to use my voice. My primary desire is wanting to share a smidge of what I’ve...

What My Book Is About

I have enjoyed savoring the fact I finished my first book this year. My book  is a 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I invite readers in to take a closer look at some of my own experiences walking through the world. You can find it on Barnes & Noble, as well. It’s available in hard cover, soft cover, and ebook form. I’m sharing the Table of Contents, to offer a sense of the subject matter. I’ve had great feedback already. I’m not sure what I’ll do with this process of having a book out there, but I’m staying present in this experience and appreciating it for what it is now. CONTENTS WORDS ……………………………………………………………………….1 Words...

Dragon Fruit Wilds

It was one of those scurry around Monday mornings. You know the kind… Things were shifted around the house – while making stuff happen over the weekend in a way where you pop up on your Monday morning and have lost your trusty pattern. The keys weren’t where they usually are, couldn’t find one of my phones, my shoes were somewhere other than where they usually are… yep…that kind of morning. We got through it. I’m sitting quietly in my office considering this wild morning as I glance down to see a stain on the front of my brand new heather gray dress. I found the dress on zulily (my first ever zulily purchase, by the way. I work with a woman who loves it. She convinced me it holds the key to shopping bliss this month. I’m not a big shopper – at all. So far, it HAS been fun.) I like my dress. but not this strange discoloring blotchy...

Speaking & Signings Popping Up

I already have a couple fun updates to share in regard to speaking and signings. I’ve been asked to speak at the upcoming Leadership Illinois Alumni Conference Jan. 28th. The catalyst? My book  is a 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I invite readers in to take a closer look at some of my own experiences walking through the world. Part of that is sharing the learning that impacts my view of the #MeToo movement. When you’re a woman who stands on your own two feet proud of your own grit and tenacity – where does #MeToo come in to play? It does in a significant way and I share thoughts about that. You don’t have to be in Hollywood to have impactful ideas. In fact, the vast majority of women who experience their own #MeToo moments (and many are much more than moments in the ripple effects – as I illustrate from my own vantage point in my book)…live very...

So Damn Lucky

Ever sit in the peace and calm of your environment owning your contentment in full awareness you have so much you love in your life, so much possibility, proud of how you have emerged from the storms of life so far that you feel and know you are so damn lucky? I do. I’m an idealist. It’s how I’m built. I’m also highly rational. It keeps life interesting. It offers balance. My perspective is a radically optimistic one. But, I know what it is to lose sight of your joy, to be disillusioned by life, to be world weary. I know what it is to feel there is nothing. I don’t focus on being happy. It’s like trying to catch bubbles in the air.  Ninety-nine perscent of the time, they pop. Happiness is elusive, but becomes an awareness when there’s space for it. I work on all of the other pieces I value around the outside of happiness. My daily goal...