The Power of Presence

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 | One Comment

My mom always makes the greatest faces. Of course, as a kid, I’d die of embarrassment every time she’d squint up her eyes, but as a grown up, I realize she taught me something special. She’d pinch one eye with her pointer finger, while framing the world with her other hand, tilting her head this […]

Redefining Discipline

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

  When I think of the word discipline I immediately get transported back in time. Images of my ancient First Grade teacher, Mrs. Witts, come to mind. Mrs. Witts with piles of ash blonde hair heaped on the top of her head like old straw, and horned rimmed glasses that were out-of-date, even way back […]

Do Your Actions Match Your Insides?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was a day I’ll never forget.  During my morning “zen time” I had been reading Nathaniel Brandon”s, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (I think it was around 2003, when I was living in Seattle – definitely before my kiddo was born, as there hasn’t been much “zen” since).   Having just finished a chapter about the “Practice […]

How Are You Fencing Yourself In?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I find that some of my favorite quotes come from movies that are made for the under-13-crowd.  Since I’ve a grade-schooler at home, it’s nice to have an excuse to plop down with a bucket of popcorn and watch something that actually has a positive message in it.  It’s […]

Need Permission to Be Imperfect? Here it is! My Imperfect Tedx Talk

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 | 7 Comments

Among other things I’m working to remedy, I have always been my own worst critic, and as I sat watching my Tedx talk I wanted to hide.  To say I was not crazy about it, would be an understatement. I’m in good company. I don’t have enough digits on my person to count the number […]

Do You Make Them Read Your Mind?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

We can’t assume people know what we’re thinking. When people do a good job, we need to tell them.

Adios, Mr. Ego!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 | No Comments

As my son’s fourth grade year comes to a close, I sit bewildered at the passage of time.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was Davy Crockett?  I smile, thinking back… “To be honest, mom” said my then-third-grader, from the back seat of the car, “I’m not crazy about the book we’re reading aloud. It’s Davy […]

What’s Your Mess to Own?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 | One Comment

We don’t like to deal with the mess of our mistakes. We want to move on, but people remember.

Put Your Weapon Down!

Posted by on May 18, 2015 | No Comments

How a question is received, stems from our individual experiences. And once emotional triggers start going off, it becomes a full-scale emotional battlefield in which there are no winners.

Are You Playing it Safe?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 | No Comments

I’ve spent a great deal of the time in the classroom working with some extraordinary emerging leaders.  I can’t help but feel optimistic about the direction we’re heading in, if they are our future, and yet, many of them haven’t cultivated a belief in themselves that will take them where I know they can go.  […]