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I Am Not a Career Coach

“I’m not a career coach.”  I uttered these words to an acquaintance yesterday, after an event, where the speaker (a friend) had just finished talking about career reinvention. Photo by Erich Ferdinand. That’s an odd thing to say for someone who has made her living for the last 13 years by helping professionals find more…
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Gifts of Joy and Playfulness

I grew up playing the flute, starting in fifth grade, and continuing through my freshman year in college. I was not particularly talented, but I worked hard. The musical notes were something to master as a technician. The competitions and auditions were a source of pride.  Being musical also paved the way to belonging. Doing…
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Unexpected Gifts in My Closet

I love gifts. Especially unexpected ones. Photo by Andre P. Meyer-Vitali For as long as I can remember, I have put artifacts and mementos from my life in shoe boxes. In the early years, a shoe box became the keeper of handwritten letters, ticket stubs, and theater programs. In the middle years, I stored birth…
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Falling In Love Again

When I took my first coaching training in 2003, I remember the feeling of a new world opening up to me–and the thrill of learning.  I soon discovered that coaching was not just a profession or a set of tools, but a way of life. The “being” of coaching translated into curiosity, playfulness, and exquisite…
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Holding Light

I was as proud as a new parent, when I saw the email in my inbox. The subject line, “Big Announcement! (You will definitely want to read this)” said it all.  This past week, my client, Tim Wise, launched his new business, Fishing for the Good Life.    Photo by Priyambada Nath This milestone was…
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Mother’s Day 2015: A Seismic Shift in Small Moments

Twenty plus years ago, I was imprinted with the label, MOTHER, when my first child was born.  A couple of years later, my second child was born. Two sons. Photo by Clever Cupcakes. Chip and I took on the role of parents with enthusiasm.  After a 7-month maternity leave, I arranged with my employer to…
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