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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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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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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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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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8 Questions to Ask When You Feel Stuck

I talk to a lot of people who feel stuck, unable to make a career change. Something about their work isn’t satisfying?it may even be life-draining?yet they just can’t seem to move forward. “I want to do these things for myself, but I keep focusing on other people’s needs.” “What keeps me from leaving my […]

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MVP Philosophy: The Quickest Path to Clarity and Confidence

An MVP philosophy, adopted from the field of software development, is the fastest way you’ll find your dream career. Why? Because taking consistent, imperfect action (a key element of the MVP philosophy) builds two elements of a fulfilling life: clarity and confidence.  The problem with your typical approach We often think we need to figure […]

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3 Fun Ways to Overcome a Negative Mindset

I’ve written before about the impact a negative mindset has on our results. Once you begin consistently noticing your mindset, you realize that you are not your thoughts. You’re an observer of those thoughts. This is a powerful distinction, because it lets The Real You take control of your life. You are not your thoughts. It’s easy to […]

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