Crystal-edged line

It’s a crystal-edged line between bragging and providing information sometimes. I’ve just finished a very preliminary introductory course to Motivational Interviewing (MI), an incredibly powerful way of framing conversations to allow a person, whether a service provider, a sports coach, a teacher or a parent, to help another person, whether a client, team mate, student…

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Carpe decide-at-the-very-last-minute

Pocket watches

Carpe diem, Latin for “pluck the day,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is part of a larger quote by the Roman poet Horace: “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” Horace lived the philosophy of welcoming life moment-by-moment: an ancient sage empowered by a now scientifically-validated concept of a healthier,…

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How to Have a Conversation

antique hearing aid

As we zigzag through Zoom calls, fumble through Facetime, or dive into Duo, are we communicating comfortably? Set aside being foiled by frozen screens and malcontent microphones. Are we saying what we intend to say, and doing so in ways that are respectful and impactful for the people listening to us and who we’re listening…

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Stacy London – my newest mindfulness hero

Yes, Stacy London of What Not to Wear. For those very very very few of you who may not know – and you are forgiven if you don’t – What Not to Wear was a NYC-based TV show which ran from 2003 – 2013 in which Ms. London and her co-host Clinton Kelly led chic-challenged…

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Hanging a door – a reminder of mindfulness

I’m sitting in the Hotel 116 Bellevue lobby, waiting for my National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter meeting to start. I’ve been here an hour, give or take. The entire time I’ve been here, two carpenters have been hanging two entryway doors.  They’re taking exact care, using everything from shims to…

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Dragging Myself Out of My Comfort Zone

I DO NOT like to waste money. Have I? Of course, personally and professionally. That jacket that looked sooooo right in the artificial lights. That “everything you need to know about …” course. But those were mistakes, and I’m OK with mistakes. Took time to get OK with mistakes, but I’m there. The next step,…

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