What Nature Teaches Us About Our Own Growth Process

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2018

As someone who’s job it is to be slightly obsessed with personal and professional growth, I find myself pondering the concept of “growth” quite often. And what I find is that—no surprise--nature is one of our best teachers about what lasting, transformational growth looks like.

Take the rings of a tree, for example. This is a great representation of what growth looks...

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How to Do Personal Growth When You’re Growing Other Human Beings

 

At a women’s networking event I attended this week, the question we were asked to share about was “How do you create balance in your life?” It was interesting to hear how many professional women in that room had 4, 5, 6, and 7 kids and still managed to come up with an answer! I’ve got 2 and I’ve found creating a balanced lifestyle to be quite a challenge.

As a...

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What About the Dads?

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2018
 

Dads. I remember in grad school, one of my Marriage and Family Therapy professors saying, “there’s so much research and so many resources poured into the mother-child relationship. What about the dads? Where’s the research about the fathers?”  

It’s true. It’s half the equation and yet, in comparison, there is little mention about the impact of the...

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An Open Invitation to Our Souls

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2018

When I heard about Kate Spade’s suicide this week, I was surprised, saddened, and like so many of us, intrigued by the backstory that had driven her to the extreme point of choosing to end her life.

And then to wake up to the news about Anthony Bourdain, hit like a thud. Also like so many of us...my husband and I sensed Bourdain’s endearing, authentic, and sensitive nature, and we...

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Who Are YOU "Syncing Up" With?

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2018

I find myself being inspired by almost everything these days.

This weekend it was the synchronized swimming performance of my tween-age niece. As the music started and the spotlight hit the water, it dawned on me what a cool metaphor synchronized swimming is for what’s currently happening in collective consciousness.

The beauty, power, and grace of what’s possible when feminine...

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Why Haven't Things REALLY Changed for Women Over The Past Century?

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2018

One of my brilliant clients said something like this to me recently….

“Betsy, I’ve been asking myself why things haven’t REALLY changed for women over the past century. I mean we’ve certainly made gains, and in many ways in American society we have more freedoms than ever before…at least on a surface level it seems that way.  But at the core of...

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Ladies, Don't Fool Yourselves....If You're Not Taking Care of Yourself...You Ain't Takin' Care of Anybody

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2018

For many of us this is a PARADIGM SHIFT.

I know. I get it. It was for me too.

The idea that I could and actually SHOULD put myself on the top of my to-do list was foreign territory. It went against every grain of my nervous system. It was preposterous, selfish, impossible to even consider given the set up of my life.  After all, I have two kids….a husband, a house, a dog, a...

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Wake Up!

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2017

Yesterday a man with a gun went into three different locations in my hometown and the result was that 3 civilians and one police officer were killed. The schools went on lock down. People spent hours in a state of fear and chaos.

Humanity is sick. The diagnosis is fear.

The symptoms are:

  • depression
  • hopelessness
  • worthlessness
  • anxiety
  • hate
  • anger
  • pride
  • rape
  • greed
  • genocide
  • suicide
  • school shootings...
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In the Swirl & Whirl of Our “Trumped Up” World, Here Is What I Know For Sure

Uncategorized Feb 07, 2017

I KNOW FOR SURE that I have just as much access to power, abundance, and energy as every other “powerful” person on the planet (how’s that for a ballsy statement from a middle-class Midwestern wife and mother of two?) I haven’t accessed the full extent of it yet, but I now understand that it’s all there for me. I just need to step into it and own it.

I KNOW...

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Break The Cycle By Breaking The Silence

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2016

This week, I attended a fundraising breakfast for an organization called TurningPoint. They provide advocacy and support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. One of the main ideas shared at the event was that abuse thrives in silence.

It struck a nerve.

Like so many families, I come from one where generational alcoholism, and the unspoken emotional abuse and psychological trauma that...

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