We’ve all had those moments when we are engrossed in work and something (usually someone) comes out of nowhere and gives a gentle or not so gentle nudge. “Hey, I’m here! Pay attention!” Perhaps you are concentrating intently on a project; haven’t taken a break in three hours; or are in the flow … [Read more...] about 5 Questions You Need to Ask to Create Space for Joy
Is it time to surrender? For me the answer is “Yes!” It’s not an excited “yes,” though. It’s an, “Can I ease into this one inch at a time, backwards, and with my eyes closed?” kind of yes. It’s not a familiar place to be. I’m more comfortable with a certain “yes” rather than a resolved one. I … [Read more...] about Is It Time to Surrender?
A common theme in my work with clients is boundaries and feeling empowered to establish and communicate those boundaries with important people in their lives. If you’ve ever had to start over in the way you communicate with someone you’ve been in a relationship with for an extended time, you know … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Saying No to People You Love
I recently shared a story with you about expectations, from a conversation that I mediated in a growing organization. The conversation that I told you about was actually the first of a couple of separate conversations that I mediated between different members of this organization. I want to share … [Read more...] about 5 Questions to Ask When You See Fear Hiding Under Your Emotions
I recently mediated a conversation between people who are part of an organization dealing with some growing pains. The conversation reminded me of a lot of lessons I have had to learn the hard way, some that I learned well the first time and some that I sometimes wonder if I’m doomed to repeat. If … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Disappointment by Evaluating Your Motives
At dinner recently, Charlie told me about a book he had just finished reading, Turn the Ship Around, which led to an interesting conversation about empowerment. Before you groan and check out due to another post about empowerment, stick with me for a minute. A lot of people are tired of hearing … [Read more...] about How to Reclaim Your Empowerment with YOU As the Foundation
I have been working with two clients lately who have been struggling with very similar issues. They are issues that I have been challenged with myself and are not unique to them or me, as I’ve heard of similar struggles from other clients, colleagues, and friends. Both of these clients are at an … [Read more...] about Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Business
Several years ago I was in a place where it felt like it was all I could do to get through the day. You know those days when what sounds best to you is crawling under the covers or into a hole and staying there for a couple of months while your family, boss, co-workers, partner, friends, etc., … [Read more...] about Good Self Care Is the Foundation for Flourishing
I'm thrilled to announce the Playing With Confidence workshop! Playing with Confidence is an all-day workshop for women who are looking to reconnect with themselves to gain a better understanding of how to move forward in achieving their dreams, be it business, family, spirituality, health, hobbies, … [Read more...] about Join Me in Playing With Confidence
When was the last time you played? I’m talking about the letting your hair down, singing at the top of your lungs, dancing like a maniac kind of play. Making mud pies, dancing in the rain, rolling around in paint kind of play. Nothing held back; just because it feels good. Throughout most of my … [Read more...] about Are You Giving Yourself the Gift of Play?
We started this Core Conversation series, Extraordinary Women Change the World, earlier this year. Over the last few months we have had the honor of sharing inspiration, wisdom, and community from 32 guest contributors. This amazing line-up of women and men are supporting women's empowerment and, … [Read more...] about Where is the Love? Empowering Ourselves and Others
Last Thursday (7/19/12), I was invited to speak as a local leader at DexOne's Local Leader's Forum here in Portland. I was honored to be on the stage with Shannon Pratuch, Liz Strauss, Terry Starbucker, Steve Strauss, Erin McDonough, and Barry Moltz. We talked about a range of things, from Social … [Read more...] about Highlights from DexOne's Portland Local Leaders Forum
Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of our core conversation series, “Extraordinary Women Change the World.” Yesterday, Tim Berry shared a beautiful story about empowerment through commerce. Today, Kyeli Smith talks about the adversity she faced when her hands stopped functioning normally and … [Read more...] about Empowerment Is In Your Hands. Literally.