I've been gifted a perfect weather week up on the North Shore, the kind that ushers you into fall with an aching for crisp air, sweaters, knee high boots and hot cocoa. Upper 60s, low 70s all week, I managed to get in a couple hikes up the shore to take in the early fall … Continue reading Practicing Boundaries, or Putting Up Walls?
Let's just start right here: It's ok to not be ok. A myriad of emotions, the last couple weeks have rocked and unsettled most of us. Many of us are struggling with the physical distancing we have been asked to practice. Here in Minnesota, our stay-at-home guidance was just extended another 3 weeks. It's become … Continue reading Navigating Uncertainty
I know there’s a blue horizonSomewhere up ahead, just waiting for meGetting there means leaving things behindSometimes life’s so bittersweet ~ Starts With Goodbye, Carrie Underwood Last week was a very long week of goodbyes to people I had worked with and cared about for more than a decade. It’s not that I’ll never see … Continue reading Sometimes Moving On With the Rest of Your Life Starts With Goodbye
According to Brené Brown, the number one reason people feel resentful is lack of holding boundaries. This is a reminder to practice good boundaries this holiday season. We will all be bombarded with advertising promising a joyful season if we have the latest, greatest toys, appliances, fashion, technology. I invite you to remember that going … Continue reading Resentment
In September, I decided to take a close look at my finances to see where else I may be able to curb my spending as I look towards the future. With no one keeping tabs on me, it can be really easy to justify that happy hour, new pair of shoes, or medium half-caf, half-vanilla … Continue reading The Discipline of Self-Discipline
Do you have the courage to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart?
Lately, it feels as if there is some cosmic upheaval in the universe. Just as so many of my friends, family and colleagues have been in struggle, I am not immune. Ugh, vulnerability sucks, right? No one wants to FEEL all the vulnerable things in life; we want certainty and guarantees. At least I do. … Continue reading White Flags, Connection and Self-Compassion
This week, I had the privilege of leading the first session of my online Dare to Lead book discussion. Not one for small talk, I wanted this time with others to be valuable for all parties. Participants chose that they wanted to talk about Daring Leadership Principle #6 - Modeling Clarity, Kindness and Hope as … Continue reading Struggle and Comfort: A Reflection
My time in Texas was awe-inspiring, life-changing and profound. Even to this day, it is hard to capture in words what the experience was like - cue brain melt. The privilege to train with Brené Brown was the thing that my dreams were made of and everything about the experience exceeded my wildest expectations. Those … Continue reading The Road to Dare to Lead ™ – Texas Edition
When I finished my M.A. degree at the end of 2014, I told myself that I would never again pursue higher education or additional certifications. In fact, I swore that I would never read another book because I didn't have the bandwidth to take anything else in. I made it about 6 months. The inherent … Continue reading The Road to Dare to Lead ™ – Part 1