Ordinary Life, Extraordinary Living

Life Lessons

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Hello, My Beautiful Heart

Today is Valentine's Day, a day when we focus attention on those we love. I woke up this morning tuning into my heart and felt the love...for my heart.   Hello My Beautiful Heart, Thank you for sweet sadness and...
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A Magical Night in Iowa

This week, I participated in my first Iowa caucus. I was both curious and excited to be part of a process that felt uniquely Iowan—down to earth, respectful, and straightforward. I would be sitting with my neighbors and hearing about...
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Giving Thanks to …

This Thanksgiving season, I'm giving thanks to many of the same things that I've been blessed with in past years--good health, family and friends, purposeful work. I am also giving thanks to something new, which has been right under my...
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What To Do When You Are Surrounded By Darkness

Lately, I've had a low grade fever of sadness and grief. It's not overt. I'm not shedding buckets of tears or unable to get out of bed. Instead, my body feels achy. I avoid the news of the day. When...
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How to Prepare for a Big Day

You know the feeling. It's something that's been on your calendar and taking up mindshare. Maybe it's a big presentation at work that's anxiety inducing, or a highly anticipated vacation away, or a medical procedure that you are dreading. How...
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Pure Joy

Recently, I spent the day at a nearby retreat center. Designed as a day of self-renewal, this Franciscan center on 70 acres offered solitude among beautiful oak trees, holistic bodily treatments (think sound healing and massage), nourishing meals, and spiritual...
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Want More Connection? Try This.

I often hear people say they would like to have more connection in their lives. Whether it's with friends or family or significant others, connection is nourishing. It's a basic human need. What I hear less of is the need...
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Two Uncomfortable Questions to Lean Into

“My confidence and excitement have increased by 100%.” A client, Jennifer, was giving me feedback on our work together. Jennifer is an experienced coach. The best coaches are never finished with their growth. They seek out resources that can help...
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Unbearably Beautiful

Recently, I ran across this quote from author Susan Cain, talking about what inspires her: “One of the most inspiring things is other writers who create something almost unbearably beautiful." The phrase, “unbearably beautiful” touched something inside of me. I...
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A Potent Twist on Forgiveness

Here in the U.S., it's vacation time. Recently, I took a trip to Colorado to visit family and friends. It was a wonderfully spacious vacation, with intimate conversations, mah-jong games, and visits to my favorite consignment shops. Vacation time also...