“Getting” religion, getting spiritual

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It's April 22 (Happy Earth Day!), and if you've been following along on the blog, you'll know that the past month has seen me on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and in New England. While my husband travels frequently—it's nothing for him to be gone for months at a time—I'm usually a homebody. And if I'm being honest, I have to admit that I tend to be that way because I adore routine, and travel...
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Driving Duke Ellington

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Every intersection in the road of life is an opportunity to make a decision. ~ Duke Ellington From driving to Ohio to driving in Southern California to driving to Vermont, a lot of hours have been logged in a car this month! We've gone from tiny two-lane back roads, beautiful for the surprise vistas that open up when you take a turn or top a hill, to huge superhighways, the only beauty of...
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Life and love in La La Land

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This week finds me back in Los Angeles, where we lived for four years before moving to Michigan.  It's odd to be back. I can't say I've missed driving here, and as the traffic stretches for miles around us, I'm mildly entertained by visions of the opening scene of La La Land, but alas...it's just traffic. I'm not a huge fan of Southern California for many reasons, but I have one unbreakable ...
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Life: rewind, fast forward, or play?

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Have you ever noticed how when you're paying attention, you see "coincidences" everywhere? Last week, I had two acquaintances, both of whom have colored their hair for years, start conversations about how they were considering letting their hair go gray. It is a momentous, agonizing decision for them. Full disclosure: I went gray at 35 and never even considered coloring—maybe because I'm too ch...
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To my sisters: I hear you.

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Over the past 2 months as I was creating my new program offering—S.A.N.I.T.Y.—I was riding the pendulum that so often grips us when we are about to put ourselves out there in a way that feels really vulnerable. Will the launch be a success? Will people sign up? Will they laugh? Will I be judged? They'll love it. They'll hate it. I think it's great. I think it sucks. Acckkk! And then someo...
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Emotional Sixpack | On power outages and flexing different muscles

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The power went out last week in the wake of a crazy windstorm. And it stayed out for almost six days. We lasted two nights in the house, then resorted to spending days in the library—along with everyone else in our area, it seemed. Who knew that it is now perfectly acceptable to talk at a normal volume in a library? Someone joked that the library is now noisy, while the coffee shops are quie...
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Mixed Metaphors | Stories of the resistance

I learned one of my favorite mixed metaphors from a fellow coach who said, "I view my job as leading a horse to water, then teaching it how to fish." (My son, who is completely obsessed with fishing, would likely take this on as a real challenge—and knowing him, that horse would not only learn how to fish but learn to love it.) As a coach, I take a more metaphorical view: I can lead you to w...
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Do less better.

Today marks the beginning of a series of workshops my collaborator, Holly Southerland, and I are calling Month of Margin. The goal of the workshops is to help women create margin in their external and internal environments by a three-step process of decluttering, organizing, and improving efficiency. What is "margin?" Richard Swenson explains it mathematically as Margin = Power - Load. That's s...
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Are you cancelable?

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When I was being certified as a health coach, I live-streamed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's live events, which are weekend long extravaganzas of top speakers from the world of health and wellness. Once, I was surprised to see that one of the speakers lined up for the day was Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame. What could she possibly have to say about health and wellness? It...
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Because taxes. (And because chocolate.)

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A few weeks ago, after finally registering the copyright for Fl!p Your K!tchen, I asked a question of my Facebook hivemind: what tasks do you put off and put off and put off only to discover that, when you force yourself to do them, they really aren't so bad after all? Judging by the answers, most people who responded procrastinate mightily when it comes to completing paperwork, particularly of...
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