Willing to Work

“Normalize I’m willing to work on that instead of That’s just how I am.” — Unknown I have realized then when someone gives me feedback, I tend to deflect and defend rather than just listen. I am working harder to acknowledge the feedback, rather than reply. I often prefer to solve a problem, rather than […] More

Humble

“A mistake which makes you humble is much better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.” — Unknown Success can be an excuse for continued bad behavior because we may not feel the immediate repercussions of our negative actions. We learn faster and grow more from our mistakes, as long as we are willing to […] More

Calm Seas

  “Calm seas never made a good sailor.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Calm seas don’t test a sailor’s skills, knowledge, or perseverance. The same is true in our personal and professional lives. We learn more in rough waters because we are forced to make crucial decisions- without the luxury of added time or resources. We […] More

Free Time

  “Some talk to you in their free time, and some free time to talk to you.” — Unknown I’m busy, you’re busy, we are all busy! I hear about “time management” strategies all the time, but we all have 24 hours in the day- no more no less. So, we really are not managing […] More

Teamwork

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn Teamwork isn’t just part of a business, it also exists in families and friendships as well. When we don’t communicate our concerns, feelings, or hopes we leave a void for others to fill in the gaps. Unfortunately, what they create to fill in the gaps, […] More

Schedule Your Priorities

“Don’t prioritize what’s on your schedule, schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey Time management is a myth; we don’t actually manage time and we all have the same hours in the day. I can, however, adjust my priorities to focus on what matters most. The gift of knowing you have limited time with someone or […] More

Speak Out

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then […] More

Let the Light In

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen I am not comfortable showing vulnerability, no one really is. When I am more transparent with my struggles, I am grateful for the support received. More importantly-it helps others feel less alone in their struggles, and they see a more […] More

Smile

  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss This time of year I get a bit sad thinking of the people I miss, either because of distance or they have passed away. I have to work hard to focus on the awesome times we shared together, and to be happy […] More

Gratitude

“It’s not joy that makes us grateful, It’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”  – David Steindl- Rast It is hard to feel grateful when we are struggling with big things: loss, hunger, isolation, etc. These moments are when it becomes the most important. Take notice of the smaller things: leaves changing color, the sound of […] More