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Three must-have qualities of any transformational retreat

I adore retreats! I have taken retreats by myself, from a Do Nothing Day at home to a quiet week at a state park cabin. I’ve also created and attended group retreats, both close to home and out of state. There’s something so special about setting the intention to simply “be” rather than “do.” To […]

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Earlier today I was lounging on my couch scrolling through Facebook, an uncomfortable but familiar habit. I watched some celebrity reactions — Lady Gaga, Trevor Noah — before I Googled, “Trump mocks Ford.” I hadn’t read up on the Kavanaugh-Ford story since the hearing. I watched the 41-second clip of President Trump at a rally, […]

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How to build a meaningful career (part 3): Every action counts

What you’ll find in this series This is part 3 in a three-part blog series on how you can build a more meaningful career by first refining your own definition of “meaningful,” and then living that definition. In Part 1: Redefine success, I suggest a new way to define success. We explore the question, What […]

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How to build a meaningful career (part 2): Know your values

Check out the whole series This is part 2 in a blog series on how to build a more meaningful career. In Part 1: Redefine success, we explore the question, What do I want? In Part 2: Know your values (this post), I cover how to identify and prioritize your values by asking, Who do […]

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How to build a meaningful career (part 1): Redefine success

What you’ll find in this series What is a “meaningful” career? Is it something that fully uses a person’s skills, abilities, and interests? Does it have to give the person plenty of free time? Or maybe it’s one that solves world peace? The thing is, there is no single answer. It’s different for each of […]

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Discovering your ideal career is simpler than you think

If you don’t know what kind of career you want, you’re not alone. According to The Conference Board’s 2018 survey, about half of all Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Career counselors often use a Venn diagram to help a person choose a career. Its three circles encompass your interests, your skills, and other’s needs: […]

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You are not crazy: why decluttering is so hard

Before yoga class begins, Sharon (name changed) tells us about the beaded jewelry necklace that broke in her hands this morning, scattering tiny seed beads across her bathroom floor. After class — more specifically, after she finds out that I help people declutter as a way to support extraordinary life changes — she shares that she got […]

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Balance mind + body to plan your best days

It’s been almost two months since I left my software career (i.e. set aside my golden handcuffs) to get after my “someday.” It’s been absolutely amazing! One of my challenges has been adapting my schedule so I both have fun and feel productive every day. It was a quiet retreat in the woods that helped […]

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Secretly Dreading the Holidays?

The holidays can be a mixed bag. I love Christmas music. I can’t explain it. When late November rolls around, I suddenly find myself waking up with an irresistible urge to hear Mariah Carey singing about mistletoe. On the other hand, when I try to dream up meaningful gifts for the relatives I barely know […]

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What a Horse Taught Me about Grief and Play

Earlier this month I was in sunny Pismo Beach, California, as part of Martha Beck Life Coach Training. Immediately following that event, I attended a one-day equus coaching workshop — that is, horses helping coach humans — hosted by coaches Renee Sievert and Dixie St. John. It was new, fun, and unexpectedly intense. Many of […]

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