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Real Mindfulness

I have this story about myself about how, since I don’t practice “real” meditation, I not allowed to claim that I do the mindfulness thing. (As if there’s this omniscient, unseen Mindfulness Proctor who watches and evaluates us, right?) That story’s false, and it has been since at least sixteen years ago. An ordinary work […]

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In Praise of Contentment

When did contentment become less than enough? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu may have considered contentment to be the greatest treasure, but in our fast-paced, achievement at all costs culture, it’s often viewed less positively. Don’t settle. Strive, struggle, work harder for more, bigger, faster. Level up your summer! (By buying our new car.) […]

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Midlife equals crisis. Or not.

Midlife crisis is inevitable, right? To quote Gershwin, “it ain’t necessarily so.” What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “midlife?” I asked that on Facebook the other day, and at thirty-three replies and counting, got way more responses than the cutest bunny video I’ve ever posted. (Bunny Elphaba is not […]

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Learning By Doing

Learning by doing is one of the best ways to get the clarity you need to make wise decisions. Maybe it’s from all the stories about how, when my grandparents were broke during the Great Depression, the neighbors would call my dad and his brothers in for after school snacks. Or the times my godfather […]

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Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth with Good Things, Gratitude and Joy

Whether you’re planting a garden or rebuilding a life, you’ll be more effective by using the right tool at the right time. Herb garden on a windowsill? You could poke holes in the soil with a pencil. Bulbs for next spring? A small trowel would do the trick. When it’s time to plant a tree, […]

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Kindness at Work

I’ve put in more than my share of time in hospitals. Not to the level of someone with a chronic or debilitating illness, thank goodness, or even someone with a family member with significant health challenges. But I’m more comfortable than most people in places where the majority of employees wear scrubs or lab coats. […]

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When to Hire a Professional

Let’s say you’re about to make a major presentation at work. The room is packed. Attendees have traveled from far and near to be there. Your boss is seated so close, with one her closest confidantes at her side, you could easily reach out and touch them.  The moment you inhale to begin, the boss’ […]

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Navigating the In-Between

A friend of mine is celebrating her first day of retirement today. After forty-five years as a music educator. In the same job. That she landed straight out of college. She’s never had to navigate the in-between. The world of work doesn’t work that way any more. It hasn’t for a long, long time. In […]

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You Always Have a Choice

Episode 003: You Always Have a Choice

  The (metaphorical) wheel of fortune may turn at whim, but you always have a choice about how you think about and respond to circumstances. Learn how to get better results by examining and replacing the thoughts that don’t serve you, no matter the circumstances.   Resources The Work of Byron Katie (http://thework Albert […]

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Better Decisions. More Success.

Choose wisely. Make up your mind. Make a good decision. Easier said than done. Because there are so many options. Which sometimes makes it feel like there aren’t any. Besides, who has time to research all, or even a few of those options, to the point that a decision feels good? When every single decision has […]

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