- Never and Always December 9, 2011
Brief observations on the words never and always.
- Breathing Room November 23, 2011
A thoughtful client recently reminded me that I’d told her that it’s nearly impossible to feel negative emotions and breathe deeply at the same time. I love my clients. We learn so much from one another.
- Bright and Shiny Objects July 7, 2011
Got something really important to do, but you’re not sure where to start? You can distract yourself with bright and shiny objects—bright ideas and shiny enthusiasm for something that’s easier, simpler, and probably not as important as what you’re avoiding.
- Tools for Transformation: An Introduction June 1, 2011
Tools for Transformation is a series of posts about improving your life, about using yourself, your community, and your resources to make a difference, to add meaning and grace, to explore new territory, and to have more fun. We’ll start with noticing. It’s the first step in initiating or responding to change.
- When Your Friends Are Right April 28, 2011
Who in your life has confidence that’s greater than your doubt? Who loves you enough to tell you when you’re holding back? Find those people and thank them. And be that kind of friend or mentor in someone else’s life.
- Rabbit Trails: Thinking About Not Worrying About Money March 24, 2011
Thinking about money leads one down some “rabbit trails” of imagination. What would you do if the money were taken care of? What would you leave behind? What would be different?
- Some Days Are Foggy March 15, 2011
Some days are foggy. Flights get cancelled. Traffic slows down. Not much choice: ready or not, life slows down. But every now and then, it’s nice to slow down and “feel your way” through an experience.
- Options and Actions January 27, 2011
January is more than half over, and I’m noticing that I haven’t fulfilled my New Year’s resolutions. I’m beginning to realize that not deciding, not finishing, and keeping my options open are sneaky ways of not doing what I’m here to do on this planet.
- Grief and Gratitude November 18, 2010
Grieving is a curious experience. I find myself feeling sad and tired. And then I find myself wanting to reach out and go for the gusto—do the things I’ve always wanted to do, go the places I’ve always wanted to go, live life to the fullest.
- Have I told you lately…? November 1, 2010
And in the process of telling stories, listening to stories, asking and answering questions, new stories emerge and lives are changed.
- What’s Wrong With Being Right? September 2, 2010
What’s wrong with being right is that we can’t always know what’s really right. And if we're too concerned with being right, we lose sight of just living our lives.
- One for the Money, Two for the Show August 26, 2010
“One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go‑o‑o‑o.” It’s a counting game that somehow seems to fit our ideas about showing our work as artists.
- Illumination in the Midst of Famine July 29, 2010
In the midst of all the gloom and doom, it’s artists who tell it like it is, and also get really creative about new possibilities. It’s artists who help us see the world and ourselves in new light.
- A Simple Thank-you Will Do Quite Nicely July 1, 2010
Being acknowledged or thanked for doing something helpful or nice adds to the quality of the exchange. Makes the effort a little more worthwhile.
- Front-Porch Conversations June 18, 2010
Perhaps the best way to be fully human is to experience the richness of life—the good, the bad, and the ugly. As sad as I am to watch dear friends wind down their lives, I’m equally grateful for the richness and grace that their lives have added to mine.
- Feelin’ Stupid June 15, 2010
We all do things sometimes that make us feel stupid. But after we get past wondering how much "more stupider" we could possibly be, we find that risking failure is a way toward exploration, creativity, and innovation.
- Other People’s Projects June 7, 2010
Being helpful is great, except when it's not. I’ve taken on some big jobs that in retrospect were other people’s projects. What I notice—mostly in retrospect—is that they were not my projects.
- That Attention Thing March 31, 2010
A few weeks ago, an odd series of experiences reminded me of the power of attention to change the way we see the world around us.
- Getting It Right the First Time March 23, 2010
Getting it right the first time is definitely overrated. I’m pretty sure I’m right about this.
- Prepare for Success March 12, 2010
How would you prepare for success? What would need clearing and cleaning? How might you look at your life and your work differently if you were expecting success? How would your focus shift?
- Cleaning Up Along the Way March 3, 2010
Cleaning up along the way makes sense. Coaching is one way to clean up old ideas and stories and expectations, making room for fresh possibilities and leading to surprising transformation.
- Getting Out of Your Own Way February 5, 2010
What are the ideas, thoughts, and expectations that block what you really want? What would you have to give up in order to play full out, to go for a totally fabulous life?
- Pain and Grace January 28, 2010
She was fun, totally fun. Life was an adventure, a joy, something to relish with friends and loved ones. Until it wasn’t. Until it all came crashing in and it was too much.
- My Promise December 20, 2009
What are the promises you’ve made? Look especially closely at your promises to yourself. Keep your word, and see if that doesn’t improve your life.
- Overwhelm September 21, 2009
Monday mornings are tricky. If you get out on the wrong side of the bed, it can stay with you all week long. If you get off on the right foot, things fall into place and you breeze through your days. Sweet.
- Measuring Progress in Inches September 14, 2009
I read an odd little horoscope today, which said that it’s a time for me to pay attention to details. Fair enough, but then came the suggestion that I should consider measuring progress in inches. Oh my! Measuring progress in inches! Not such a great prospect for someone who just taught a workshop called “Moving…