Just Eight

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Business, Education | 0 comments

Summer is here in the Northeast! Kids are out of school. Vacations are scheduled. For many of my friends and colleagues who serve in a variety of professions, summer is also a time of increased productivity, planning, and balancing of professional and personal commitments. In just eight weeks, the season and rhythm of life will change again, and many people I know use the months of July and August to lay the groundwork for the upcoming fall months. Are you as skilled at playing as you are at working? Many of my clients can quickly rattle off eight work goals they have. They know what they want to accomplish and where they want to be in eight weeks, three months, or a year from now. Yet, when I ask about their ‘fun’ goals, some feel stumped. Others easily list a hundred things and say they have no time for any of them. As we begin this summer, let’s name just eight. Take a moment to write a ‘Makes My Heart Sing’ list and include eight things that you would find great joy in doing this summer. Schedule them into your calendar, and make them happen! Sit in a sunbeam (with sunscreen or a wide-brim hat, of course), read a good book, explore a new trail, eat an ice cream sundae. Take the time now to name those things which will make your heart sing. Feel free to share your eight in the comments section of this post. At the end of the summer, take a moment to reflect on which you enjoyed most. Bonus? Honoring our playful side often unleashes our creativity and productivity in surprising ways. Notice what happens this summer as you are living your ‘Makes My Heart Sing’...

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Still Showing Up

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Business, Education, Writing and Speaking | 0 comments

Ask any writer the ‘secret to her success,’ and she will likely tell you the same thing. “Show up.” I am a huge advocate for road maps, strategic plans, and anything that helps set the intention for where you want to go. Yet, sometimes we hit a point where we are not entirely sure what our next step is. We know we need to write something, but we aren’t sure what we need to say. Or, as one client recently told me, “I know I need a career change, but I have no idea what I want to do!” Sometimes, taking one small step in some direction helps clarify where we do (or do not) want to go. The key to this is being willing to engage in some type of action before we feel complete confidence. The other essential ingredient is engaging with enough grace and openness that we are able to see when miracles unfold. Having just wrapped up several video blog series, I found myself wondering what would be the best content to include for a written professional blog update. Taking my own advice, I finally sat down, despite my lack of clarity, and began writing. The first draft I wrote was a descriptive narrative that told a story I wanted to share, but felt stiff and forced. I changed formats and experimented with writing the story as a poem. Bingo! The poem expressed, concisely, fourteen years of personal history with the depth and breadth of emotion I wanted to convey. It did not, however, fit within the structure or purpose of my professional blog. Yet, the process I traveled through in sitting down to write, giving myself the grace and patience to move through a few different drafts, and the final product that you are reading now did answer the original objective. In addition to having a professional blog update, I also have a new poem in hand. (I’m happy to share the poem with anyone who would like to read it. Just send me an email request with “Fourteen Years” in the subject line.) Hopefully, my client will choose to tell you her own story of miracles here soon. For now, let’s just say that within a couple weeks of her choosing to take action, despite feeling neither clear nor confident, a new door of unexpected opportunity flew open! I look forward to seeing how her path unfolds. Wishing you a wonderful week!...

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