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A Lesson in Circling Back

Practicing empathy is hard especially because we practice with people… people are complicated. There isn’t a dashboard displaying what we each need most at that very moment in time. No billboards above our heads flashing ‘I need empathy’. We gotta go with our gut and sometimes we miss an opportunity completely. That’s what happened to me a few months ago… (more…)

By | March 3rd, 2016|Blog, Daring Greatly|0 Comments

Empathy is a Practice

My thoughts from Brené Brown’s 3rd class in the Living Brave semester…

Empathy and self-compassion… such a simple title but I knew I was in for it. Empathy AND self-compassion, not just one of the other but both! I was going to walk away from this lesson with a black eye thanks to Brené’s one-two punch. There is significant room for improvement in my life in these two areas. (more…)

By | February 26th, 2016|Blog, Daring Greatly|0 Comments

The Tradeoff of Vulnerability

Following are my thoughts upon finishing Lesson 2 in Brené Brown’s Living Brave class. 

Vulnerability is a taboo word in today’s society. Any mention of the word and voices are lowered, shifty eyes glance left and right, and you’re shushed with “I don’t do vulnerability.”


By | January 28th, 2016|Blog, Daring Greatly|0 Comments

Becoming The Man in the Arena

I’ve been pondering this quote by Theodore Roosevelt… (more…)

By | January 21st, 2016|Blog, Daring Greatly|0 Comments

Less Thinking. More Feeling.

Less thinking. More feeling.

These are the words that jumped off the page at me. I just re-cracked the spine on Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, and in the introduction (the introduction, mind you, page 6, not even the ‘real’ part of the book yet) I was caught off guard with these four words. Her powerfully penned punch landed right on my nose. Ouch!


By | January 14th, 2016|Blog, Daring Greatly|2 Comments

Checking My Mirrors – Reflections of 2015

Tomorrow, we’ll be starting our journey into a new year. Depending on how last year’s ride went, we’ll either throw our leg over the saddle expectantly or with reservations. (more…)

By | December 31st, 2015|Blog|2 Comments

The Impossible Journey

A few years ago I read the book Journey to the Impossible by Scott Jeffrey. The book found it’s way back into my hands today at a time when I needed words of encouragement. Do you ever have those moments of divine intervention where you get just what you need? I’m thankful and humbled for these moments.

I hope these words stoke the fire within you as it did for me. Rage on…


By | March 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Annual Theme: Fuel My Resolve

You probably have a lot of things (dare I say goals) you want to achieve this year. Things you want to be, do, or have before you say good-bye to 2015. Yep… me too.

Sometimes, I overwhelm myself thinking about all the things I want to change or accomplish. (more…)

By | February 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

If Experience Isn’t the Best Teacher, What Is?

John Maxwell says that experience isn’t the best teacher… evaluated experience is. Every day I learn something new but until I evaluate what I learn, I won’t change because of what I learned. Yes… sometimes evaluation is a painful process but so is not changing.  (more…)

By | January 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Retread 2014

It never fails… I’m always a little melancholy as I approach a new year. While everyone is happily ringing in the New Year, I’m still looking over my shoulder at my ‘might-have-beens’ from last year. I’ve begun to think I’m one of those people who sees the glass as half empty! (more…)

By | December 31st, 2014|Blog|8 Comments