Lotsa Love

I returned from vacation early last week and promptly went to visit my 91-year-old mother. She wondered aloud why I wasn’t with my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. That answer was easy: we had just spent a vacation together, and mom needed to be taken to a doctor’s appointment on Valentine’s Day. So, albeit a little late…

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Clarity in Communication

A friend of mine studies Ancient Greek. When he says “It’s Greek to me!”…well, that means he totally understands it. Communication can be like that. Sometimes we think we are being so clear, or that something is so obvious. I’ve learned that one of the ways we can show courtesy and respect is by assuming nothing, and making…

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Right time

Photo by fauxels from Pexels Things take time. Usually, much longer than this very impatient human would like. I’m a bottom line kinda gal. My brain is always thinking 5-6 steps ahead. I’m focused on what’s down the road. That’s great for strategy – and for much of my work with clients. But, truth is, while we control…

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Deceptively simple

In the past week I hurt my back and spent two days on the floor because it was the only place I was comfortable. Needless to say, not much work got done. However, it was enlightening. As I cancelled everything that could be cancelled, a clarity descended. Was each task on my to-do list worthwhile…

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The (very special) light of the specialist

Maybe you’ve seen a Batteries And Bulbs store. When I saw one my first impression was to roll my eyes. Then came the day I needed a replacement for a 3-way bulb. What were my options? Walmart. Walgreens. Dollar Store. Supermarket? Home Depot or Lowes? I remembered Batteries and Bulbs. Half expecting to be laughing,…

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Ideas are Slippery Little Rascals

When do you get your best ideas? Solutions to dogged problems? The perfect book title? Idea for a new service (or the rebranding of an old service)? The angle on something that made the neurons in your brain explode with delight? I’ll bet it’s not when you’re at your desk trying to make it happen.…

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Should it be this hard?

If you’re finding something is really difficult to do*, that’s usually a symptom of a UFP. What’s a UFP? An unidentified frickin’ problem. Here are what typically makes something extraordinarily hard – a UFP you’re using the wrong system (could be the wrong software, or wrong meeting schedule, to name two examples) you need to…

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Holiday Hangover

Winter holidays are funny. After Thanksgiving, we run around (even if only online) procuring presents, digging up favorite recipes and decorations. We’re like squirrels preparing for winter — all action and activity. No time to talk or reflect — “I’m busy!” Then, the holiday happens, and the stage is set — for a celebration with…

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What I wish for you today…

My kids would laugh if they saw the boom box I’m using near the desk to play my CDs of Christmas music. Oh yea, I’ve got Apple Music, and plenty of other music sources, but this ritual is especially comforting on the first day of Winter. Starting now, ’til summer solstice, the days get longer.…

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Lighten up!

I moved 14 months ago to a large apartment complex in a different state with new neighbors of different backgrounds. Right after Halloween, several of my new neighbors put up holiday lights. I’m familiar with this kind of behavior the day after Thanksgiving, but this was a whole different ballgame. I soon learned that the…

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