Which Lens Are You Looking Through?

Have you ever been to the optometrist to get fitted for new glasses? Staring at the eye chart, you strain to assess magnification acuity. “Which one is better? Lens A?” Click. “or B?” Click. “A?” Click. “or B?” What if we used this idea and looked at the world through a different lens every day? […]

Sometimes, You Get What You Need…

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”                                                                     […]

The Gift of Generosity

I recently lost a very good friend to cancer, someone I had known for close to 40 years. My friend was a dynamic spirit who filled her life with adventures. At her celebration ceremony, many people from different interests in her life came forward to share the piece of Valerie that they knew. Her whitewater […]

Finding a Leadership Lesson in my Garden

I have a butternut squash growing between the branches of my big azalea bush in the front yard. I didn’t plant the butternut, yet one seed somehow survived a year of mulling in the composter with my kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and shredded leaves. The seeds I intentionally planted saw lackluster performance. A dozen decent […]

Change your Words, Change your Life

I’ve been conducting a little experiment on myself. Every morning for the last two weeks, I wake up and say, out loud, “It’s going to be an awesome-sauce*day”. No matter what’s on the schedule. No matter how ‘behind’ I feel. No matter how complex and seemingly unsolvable is the challenge in my day. My unscientific […]

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