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The Story Challenge

I have a personal challenge for every lion, lioness, and cub out there in the Lion’s Den—all you beautiful subscribers to this weekly Monday Morning Stretch. And, I’m serious about this. It’s a real challenge. It’s called Your Best Story Challenge. Here’s the premise: Ever notice how some people seem to live an easier life? Their businesses prosper even during hard …

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Walking in a New Perspective

A couple weeks ago, Tom and I arrived at our small, rustic summer cabin on Echo Lakes, just south of Lake Tahoe.   Nestled in the majestic 60-foot white pine forest of the Northern Sierras, at 7500 feet elevation, the Pacific Crest Trail runs literally right behind the cabin. The ice-cold water of the small mountain lake called Echo Lake is …

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We’re making it all up. We really are. How we view our reality is just a story we are telling ourselves. It is our truth, for sure, but make no mistake that others would view or live our exact same experience and come to a different conclusion about it. The events are neutral, but it’s we who give them meaning …

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A Call for Love

I recently heard someone say that how people act demonstrates whether they are receiving love or putting out a call for love.   When I consider this in terms of behavior and communication, I think it just might be spot on. Think about the last time you experienced someone “acting out”— a teenager, a spouse, an audience member, a team member, …

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Foolish Tricks

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I began playing innocuous little jokes on my two boys when they were very young on April Fool’s Day. I soon regretted it. I quickly discovered their naughty little minds fell in love almost instantly with the notion of planning and implementing mischievous pranks on all of the adult members of our …

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Oh, hey… Remember Me?

My son, Austin, is doing well after a decade of struggles. During those hard years, he would go “dark,” meaning I would not hear from him for weeks on end— a mother’s nightmare. Thankfully, as he has healed and found success in life, that has gotten a lot better. And yet, no matter how often he picks up the phone …

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The View from the Balcony

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and instead of enjoying the beginning of our weekend together, we were in the middle of a heated, spiraling argument with all that goes with it: raised voices, angry looks, accusations and defensiveness, finger pointing, blaming, ultimatums, and failing attempts to make the other person believe that our viewpoint was the right one. It …

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Living Our Best Life

You’ve heard the saying, “Health is wealth.” No money in the world can help or heal us if we do not have our health. Life is not worth much if we do not possess a sound mind and body, regardless of how big our bank account is. Steve Adams found this out the hard way, and, fortunately, he did something …

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Finding Your Ikigai

At the start of the new year, I decided my morning routine needed an update. So, I created a small space in the corner of our bedroom that the British call a “snug.”  A snug is a small, cozy space where you can relax. I turned my comfy chair around to face the sliding glass door to the view outside. …

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Merry Rest of the Year

Well, it’s over—the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating, the singing of carols, the baking, the cooking, the driving in traffic to get where you’re going. Okay, I’ll admit it. I love it when it’s here, but I’m happy to put it all back in the box again when the new year arrives. But, there is one thing about the holidays …