The Obstacle is the Way

motivation Jan 06, 2021

"The obstacle is the way." 

This is one of my favorite bits of wisdom and yet I tend to forget it often. I came across this image recently and appreciated the reminder. I thought you might too. Especially right now when the obstacles feel big and hard without a clear finish line in sight.

"The obstacle is the way." What does this mean? It means that sometimes the thing we are most avoiding...

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What's the "State of Your Relationship Union" Going into 2021?

relationships Dec 30, 2020

Yesterday I received a message from a friend. He was sharing that every year, he and his wife have an intentional "state of the union" conversation about their marriage. Some years things are going along relatively smoothly and other years are challenging. Whatever the case, the important thing is....they prioritize TALKING ABOUT IT. 

This year, they hit upon the topics of their sex life,...

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Relationship cans of worms....opened!

I don't know about you, but DANG....we have found 2020 to be a fascinating year for re-examining relationships!

From old to young, work colleagues to family members, bosses to employees....what we’ve seen across the board is that 2020 has opened up a whole lot of relationship cans of worms!  

And that's okay. In fact, often times....it's healthy.

Now more than ever the whole...

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The #1 thought that helps me keep HOPE alive....

leadership Dec 04, 2020

One of the most influential books I have ever read is called, "The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self" by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson. I read it during one of the darkest periods of my life, and it was pivotal to the transformational process that I underwent to change myself from a caterpillar to a butterfly. 

Some of...

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You believe differently than I? How do we talk about it?

leadership Aug 15, 2020

I don't know about you, but myself and everyone in my spheres of life are reporting that they are feeling the heat and the pressure right now. The microcosm pressures of the uncertainty of this school year, which is impacting home and work life, the emotional heat of being in close quarters with family members for so long, the unknown associated with financial pressures, and the straight up...

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Be a PROACTIVE leader

“Crisis” is what happens when we see red flags in our people and our systems and we address the symptoms, but not the root cause of the problem. 

The events that have taken place thus far in 2020 have been a long time coming, and like it or not, we are now being forced to shift. While challenging and forcing us to grow, my perspective is that ultimately these disruptions will...

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Do you have a hard time "turning it off?"

I know. I get it. I'm a high performer. I'm a leader. I'm an entrepreneur. The old joke about entrepreneurs is that we get to work half days...9am-9pm.

I'm a mom, a wife, a homemaker, a daughter, a friend, a teacher, a community member, an aunt, a coach, and I prefer to be good at all of these roles.

But, what I've learned is that if I don't take the time and space to "do me," I...

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Let's talk about TIME, shall we? 

Thus far in 2020,  time has felt bizarre. We've had immensely more time cooped up in our households, we've felt the time compression of having to juggle work demands, household tasks, and homeschooling our children... and now it is summer. For many of us it feels like some of the pressure is lessening as we can be outdoors more and the demands of schooling our children are not...

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What is most needed from LEADERSHIP at a time like this? One word....

education leadership Jun 05, 2020

This has been a time of chaos and swirl for all of us.

There is nothing easy about what we are witnessing and experiencing. It's complex for all of us.

Most everyone has been triggered by something and is struggling with the degree of uncertainty that we are met with going forward. 

So what is needed from leadership at a time like this? 

One word: listening. 

Less talking, more ...

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I am an example of why racial issues perpetuate in US schools

Uncategorized May 28, 2020

When I saw this visual on Facebook, it caught my attention. The death of George Floyd hits close to home and I want to do something. My challenge is...what? My logical brain tells me that one white, small town mom isn't really going to make an impact. This topic seems so huge and messy, emotionally charged, and complex. Fear creeps in and I think maybe I'll say something wrong and make it worse...

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