Not so very long ago I felt like there was a rent in the fabric of my world. I was uprooted… Unsettled. Undone. A lot of paradigms shifted for me last year. I was so unraveled that I actually wrote out everything that happened in that 12-month period and sent it to my dear friend […]
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I want to talk about something that just hit me like an anvil upside the head the other day. If you’ve ever been in relationship with a man, trust me, you’ve experienced this: The Sick Guy… (shudders…) Perhaps your hackles are already raised. You’re envisioning your man, lying in bed, moaning, asking for soup, and […]
Boy are you in for a treat, folks. It’s time for my annual list of things I’d rather do than shop on Black Friday. For those who know me well, shopping isn’t in my joy any day of the year, but Black Friday?… Gah! I’d rather: 1. Meet Bill Cosby, alone, in an elevator wearing […]
I have been seriously pushing my edge as of late. I’m no longer drafting along behind (if you’ve read my Copycat, Copycat blog you’ll know of what I speak, but… essentially it means I’ve stepped out fully on my own.) Pushing edges is damn scary. In fact, I’ve had moments of such utter terror that […]
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been telling a story that doesn’t serve me. At least not any longer. The story is this: I’m a behind-the-scenes type of gal who gets her kicks from supporting others. In other words, I’m not a leader. Evidence: In high school my best friend decided to try […]
I have an invitation for you. But, first… Whether we realize it or not, our lives revolve around stories and have done so since our cave painting days. Picture it: Cave peeps hunkered down around a blazing fire situated in the middle of the dirt floor, gesticulating wildly about the day’s hunt while gnawing on […]
Years ago I ran screaming from Corporate America after a scene eerily similar to that moment in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls when Ace walks into the room with all of the taxidermied animals on the wall and commences to freaking out before he utters, “…this is a lovely room of death.” I kid you not, […]
Well I went and did it. For those who read my Hysterectomy? Or No? blog, I said, “yes, please,” and went under the knife on April 10th. I’m in love with my surgeon, he did an amazing job. Apparently, because of my Stage IV endometriosis, he spent a fair amount of time chiseling what he […]
I recognize that this post may tick some people off. And… I’m going to write it anyway. I had a moment yesterday on Facebook, as I was scrolling through my feed, when I literally wanted to fling my precious iPhone across the room. Post after post after post was an offering for an online course, […]
I’m not sure who learns more when I’m coaching a client – me or my client. Perhaps it’s how a teacher feels when a genius kid shows up in their classroom and starts to school them. Either that or they mix up a stiff vodka cranberry, eat the ends of their pencils and curse their […]