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Using my “inside voice”

Every year in July, I disconnect. If not completely, then pretty darn close. With limited cell service and no cable, satellite, or even a TV to play it on in Tom’s rustic cabin in the mountains, my daily Facebook posts, tweets, and blogging slow down to an almost imperceptible crawl. Emails and voice mails are answered within the week, instead of hours. And routine …

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Crisis Point

Over the past few months, our nation, and therefore our practices, have experienced a crisis. In one way or another, we’ve all been impacted by this pandemic. John F. Kennedy once said, “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters: One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” With multiple clients experiencing a crisis all at once, it is …

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Upping the Ante

It’s that time of year! Yesterday, we left home for our summer cabin near South Lake Tahoe. During our time at the cabin, we love to hike around the perimeter of Echo Lake. One day, Tom and I were doing that hike, and Tom remarked on what an absolutely perfect day it was for a hike- cool temps, light wind, …

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Today I Know

What if I told you that through hardships and tribulations, I had discovered nine characteristics by which to create a rich and beautiful life? Well, I haven’t. But Charlie Chaplin did. I recently read a poem authored by Charlie Chaplin and was so struck by its poignancy that I did a little research to see if I could learn what had inspired …

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The Big Pause

My friend and colleague, Kate Reid, refers to this time we’ve experienced the past few months as “The Big Pause.”  I like that description.  As we all prepare to head back to work, I believe we will occasionally look back on this time and wish we could return.  Life for many has been hard, but it has also been simplified.  …

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A Mother’s Love

For most of us, a mother’s love is unlike any other in our life.  Different than a father’s love, sibling love, or even romantic love.  It is what all other love aspires to be- unconditional, selfless, generous, forgiving, supportive, tough when it needs to be but gentle, and without end.  A few of us may not have experienced a love …

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Goodbye to a Place

Many of you know that Tom and I recently moved from the ranch where I had lived for the last 18 years and where Tom and I had lived together for the last 10. Anyone who has ever been to Twin Creeks Ranch will tell you that it is a very, very special place. I had admired the ranch for …

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Music Monday: Motivation vs. Momentum

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my Stretch on what Tom and I had learned on our quest to renew our health. One of the things we’ve implemented successfully has been to get movement and exercise into every day. After two months, it feels weird if we don’t get some exercise, but it didn’t start out that way. Breaking …

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What Excellence Requires

In May, Tom and I are taking two of his Grand Delights (aka, granddaughters) to see Shen Yun in Palm Desert for their birthdays. They love the stage arts… dancing, drama, music… and so do we, so it’s sure to be a magical memory for all of us. I’d seen the commercials for Shen Yun over the last few years …

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Habits

We all have them: habits – good ones, bad ones, ones that seem neutral. We have habits that serve our goals and some that don’t. Habits can appear to wield ultimate power over our choices and decisions, but I’ve discovered that in actuality, they don’t. It’s just the story we’re telling ourselves and others. In January, Tom and I committed …