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Who are YOU?

Who are you? What do you stand for?   If someone looked upon your life, what words would jump out to greet them?   Do you have values that guide your focus? Your own focus? Not those of your school, your church, your family, but your own personal words to live by? Or...

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Benefits of Solitude

Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product. - Twyla Tharp   I've read this quote over and over. It speaks volumes. Is it possible to be creative without solitude? Are you able to connect with your thoughts and inner self amid...

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Don’t Miss the Moment

How often do you allow yourself to slow down? To appreciate the moment? To smile at the amazing world around you? If you’re like most of us these days, the answer is a definitive, “Never.”   We go, go, go. Ever striving to get stuff done. We love the scrape of the...

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Girls in tech? Where are they?

Here we are again. Another Sunday at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle.   My boys love it here. There are computers from every era, robots, virtual reality, video games, and lots of interesting tech toys. Every time I come here, I notice the same thing and wonder:...

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Making the Effort

It's worth it. Making the effort.   No matter what you're talking about or doing, when you make the effort, things turn out better. There have been times in my life when I've heard myself and others lament the fact that no one's called or we don't feel appreciated....

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You are an untapped resource.

You are an untapped resource.   How does that statement make you feel? I can almost hear the response:   Untapped? Right! I’m tapped out! I’m a resource for everyone! I do everything at my kids’ school and everywhere else. It’d be great if I was seen as LESS of a...

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The Holiday Delegate or Ditch!

It's the time of year when chaos and busy rule the roost. If you're trying to do it all yourself and it's running you ragged, then stop. Delegate. Lighten your load. The only thing people really care about is connection and your presence in their life. (If they're...

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Embracing My Voice

Note: This is my first speech with Toastmasters, the Ice Breaker. 😉   I am a writer at heart. I’m happiest with a pen in my hand or a keyboard at my disposal. While it’s easy to write, it’s terribly uncomfortable to share my writing. Especially if it’s something I...

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Kindness Matters!

If you watch the news at all these days, you know there's lots of negativity floating around. There always has been, really, it's just that we see more of it now. It's enough to want to crawl in a hole and wait it out, as if that would help.   Avoiding each other only...

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What’s New? The Importance of Novelty

This week I’ve been reading The Charge by Brendon Burchard. He’s a success coach who encourages people to live “the charged life” of living fully, optimizing your strengths, and leaving no regrets. I love stuff like this, if you haven’t noticed. If I read...

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