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Finding your voice is a consistent choice

“The path to finding your real voice is just one click away!”   “Find your true voice in just two days!”   “Seven steps to finding your authentic voice…”   Can we please stop now? Despite what popular…
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Instant gratification or instant grace?

"Are you sure you don't want some? I mean, we live in a world of instant gratification, ya know? This will give it to ya."   Words from the aesthetician I was visiting, referring to Botox.  (and by referring I mean not so subtly suggesting…
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Success smells like laundry detergent

I find it easy to get sucked into the idea that success is complicated. That my greatest achievements are determined by profit and loss sheets, that success is measured in numbers of clients, deals closed or projects completed. I compare,…
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Communication is just so... basic.

For the sake of this exercise, envision yourself as the thinker in these office scenarios: 1.) Walking down the office hall:  "There's Sam from accounting, I should say hi, but I'm going to pretend I didn't see him. I've got too much…

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

“I can meet with so and so. I have the “space” (aka a sliver of time crammed between two other meetings).”   “ I can squeeze in this work.  I mean, there’s always nights and weekends.” “Thursday night is free; I can…
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About that LinkedIn post...

As soon as I clicked post, my gut twisted.  That's not a good sign. You see, I'm committed to telling you the truth about what it's like to be a speaker, and I didn't live up to that commitment. I put up a post on LinkedIn about my success…

Woman, for the sake of all that's good and pure in the world I'm telling you to STOP!

I know you. You're the first one to speak up when you hear another woman badmouthing herself. No friend of yours will talk trash about herself in front of you. You don't let your kids or their friends talk crap to each other in your house.…

All I really gotta do is live and die but I'm in hurry and don't know why

It's not my line; it's circa 1992 from Alabama's country hit "I'm in a hurry." I love it. It's one of those songs that whenever it comes on the radio, I stop what I'm doing and listen. It reminds me of Tonya. I was sitting on the…

Finish what you've started

It took me nearly four hours to walk my first half marathon.  Once I finished, I spent the rest of the day alternating between soaking in a hot bath and lying on the couch.  At the time, I was overweight, a closet smoker and thought that Fruity…