staring down evil

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Much of the world is watching in horror at the events in Paris tonight. We’re praying for those who were murdered and injured. For those who were targets but escaped. For the rescuers. For the police and other first responders. And for their family, friends, and all of France. I…

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getting rid of an unrealistic goal

do you own your goals copy

Earlier this year, I made a goal. A good goal. A great goal. A goal I really wanted to accomplish. I made really strong headway for a couple of months and really enjoyed the progress. Then life entered in – full of opportunities, chaos, and the unexpected. I’d see the…

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phases

phases change

2 something a.m. and I find myself wide awake. Not worried. Not anxious. Not fretting. Just awake. I have a series of emails and messages that essentially ask the same thing. “How are you doing? What are you doing? When are you coming back to ______?” I look at my…

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when will you get to when?

When will you get to when final

I so often seem to have the idea that I cannot have or do ‘something’ because …. Because I have to do something else first. Because I don’t have enough experience in the area. Because the last person who did that thing got there by a different route. Because I…

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what sustains you?

in her heart was love final

The world sometimes feels like a crazy place. I have found that focusing on the negative, only increases my anxiety and my own cynicism. I intentionally seek out the positive to keep me ‘filled up’. I created a personalized Facebook feed filled with encouraging pages. I watch inspirational videos. I…

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crazy things we believe

Waves as big as you think they are?

(Disclaimer: this is a combination of a couple of recent conversations with similar threads – actual conversations were around time, money, work ethic, and recreation. Some creative license applied!) “Well, I guess it is true what they say, you can either have time or you can have money”. Me: “Are…

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joy

choose joy

What an odd word to think about relating to work and the day to day of life. Joy. Joy. So often defined as pleasure and happiness, but I think oh, so much more. I went looking for definitions of JOY. Wikipedia – being joyful that some expectation or need has…

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learner’s mind, learner’s heart

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Many of us find learning great fun, but learning can also be hard work. And, especially for those with years of expertise in another area, learning something new can be a bit (or more than a bit) intimidating. I’m one of those who fit nicely into the ‘life long learner’…

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carrying it with you

what you leave behind

I recently returned from a training session and was being asked all the typical questions – how’d it go, what did you learn, etc. And then, someone dropped a game-changer question. “Are you carrying it with you now?” boom. “Are you carrying it with you now?” A recognition internally and…

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