Is there something or someone you are thankful for today? I heard a beautiful quote this weekend in a talk - that "giving" always follows thanks. When we are truly grateful, we look for ways to give back. To take action. To actually do something. It's a natural reflex. If we are really thankful, we … Continue reading Thanks…giving
Journaling is something I have done periodically throughout my life. It started with a diary that my dad bought me when I was 5, and my mom would transcribe for me as I dictated. I recorded events and feelings as I grew - the big family moves, those momentous high school milestones and the emotional … Continue reading Journaling for Life – Professionally and Personally
The average attention span today is 9 seconds! Try counting to 9 right now just to see how long/short that feels. That's how long you have, whether in person or online to capture someone's attention. Within that short window, you have the opportunity to create fascination in them - a feeling of intrigue and positive … Continue reading 9 Seconds to Fascinate
When someone visits your website for the first time through search, a referral link or from your own invitation, it's almost as if you are meeting them for coffee. You begin a conversation. You "tell" them about yourself or your company. They get to know you and your business and products. How can you … Continue reading What Makes For an Engaging Website?
I am a hopeless romantic. I love movies like Serendipity where two people meet and "re-meet" each other because of a series of chance encounters or click moments. I personally keep my eyes wide open for these moments and have a secret delight when I'm in the middle of the experience. To me, they seem … Continue reading Chance Meetings
Ever notice that in some friendships, when you really get to know someone, you tend to stop paying attention to or caring about those minor outward traits like what they are wearing or how they styled their hair? When you might have seen someone who was "sloppy" or "nerdy" or "loose," or even "polished" or … Continue reading First Impressions and the Long Haul
The human story is powerful. It's a gift to be able to step into someone's life and hear someone's story. We can learn so much. I've become addicted to listening to amazing stories of people shared on podcasts like How I Built This, Live Inspired with John O'Leary and sites like Poppy Lifestyle, and books … Continue reading Share Your Story
I remember many years ago, probably at least over a decade, my great friend Heather and I had an inside joke about being "inspired" by other women doing great things. You know those women who seemed to just seemed to breeze right through the early days of motherhood and still manage to rock their career … Continue reading Jealous or Inspired – You Pick!
We were playing a version of the $20,000 Pyramid's Winner's Circle recently with some tween-aged girls at the After School Writing Club I lead with BreckCreate. The category was, "Things Parents Say." The first thing the clue-giver said was, "No!" Is that what parents are known for? The nay-sayer, the joy-kill, the hammer. We all laughed, but … Continue reading Say, “Yes”!
Have you read this book - Mindset, by Carol Dweck - before? I've heard of it for years but decided to plunge in and read it this month. I gained many insights from it and have really tried to think about my own mindsets - especially around money, growth, and success. I am someone that … Continue reading Grow Your Mindset