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unhappy mandy

How to achieve emotional wellness

Ah, yes, the why-are-you-pointing-that-camera-at-me grimace… 😆 Could this also be the face of emotional wellness? ✋I feel like I need to make a confession: I’m a life coach, and I’m not always happy. Let me back up. I spent 12 years in the software industry (Software Engineer -> Head of Product) before becoming a Martha […]

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my home office with DIY materials like a calendar, books, and a vision board

Do you need a life coach? (Or can you DIY?)

Can’t I just read a book, take a class, or (insert other quick fix here)? I wondered this before I hired my first business coach, and I STILL think it often. I’m a learner, a doer, a DIY-er (as evidenced by the vision board, self-help book shelf, wall calendar goal tracker shown above.) Can’t I […]

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I’m not a racist.

I am not a racist. Well, that’s what I thought, anyway. In How to Be an Antiracist, author and historian Ibram X. Kendi writes… “There is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘antiracist.’ What’s the difference?… One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, […]

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unique gifts

Strange jewels: the story that helps me prioritize fun

Okay, how great is this quote? “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic You might have an aversion to the word play. Hell, I do myself sometimes. We want to […]

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me and my laughing family

And I danced

Sometimes I use the Pomodoro Technique. I set my phone timer for twenty-five minutes, focus on a task, then take a short break before focusing for another twenty-five. The other day, my break time hit. I touched the screen to stop the noise. Then, before I could plan how to spend those delightful five minutes, […]

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More than usual

It’s late Friday morning. I’m leaning against the tall arm of our couch, laptop open on outstretched legs, and I’m staring at the screen. A couple weeks back I read on LinkedIn, “You’re not working from home. You’re at home, during a crisis, trying to work.” Crisis. Is that what this is? It all feels […]

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Not achieving your SMART goals? Here’s what’s missing.

Goals help you take action towards what matters. But SMART goals aren't enough if they're missing this key element.

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Woman on Byron Katie Morning Walk

A powerful practice to ease your COVID-19 stress

How are you feeling? I know I’ve been having all kinds of unusual emotions, from crying after a news binge, to beaming with gratitude for my face-to-face conversation with the grocery store clerk. I’m fidgety and frustrated and lonely, and I feel joyfully connected by the way my choices are literally protecting (or endangering) people I’ve never met.  COVID-19 stress tips from […]

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Stop analyzing. Do this instead.

You don't know what to do. Here's how to stop overanalyzing and know your right next steps, much more easily.

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feelings

How to feel your feelings and why it’s worth it

Do you consistently feel your feelings? It’s human nature to resist discomfort. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good for us. If you want more clarity and confidence, allow yourself to feel all of your feelings—even the uncomfortable ones.  Why do you need to feel your feelings? Personally, I think our spiritual growth depends on […]

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