To my sisters: I hear you.

S.A.N.I.T.Y.
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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Got blank space?

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I know how one of my teens would respond to that question, and if you do, too, then you're welcome for the earworm. But the kind of blank space I'm thinking about today is related to the basement flooding this past weekend and the fact that we are currently living with the charming white noise of 10 huge fans and two industrial strength dehumidifiers vibrating under our feet. I could have go...
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Month of Margin

Are you... Overwhelmed by the clutter in your pantry, closet, or home office? Feeling like you don’t have time to take care of your home the way you want to? Busy taking care of others’ needs? Struggling with finding time to take care of yourself? Feeling like your life has no “breathing room” or margin? Unsure how to start creating time and space to do these things? Start...
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Are you reacting or responding?

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What do a rotisserie chicken and a kitchen sink have in common? It's been an interesting week for me—I don't know whether it's been a phase of the moon or some other sort of joke on the part of the Universe, but practically every day this week I faced a situation in which I had to work very hard to remind myself that what was required was a thoughtful response, not a knee-jerk reaction: there w...
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What’s in your banker’s box?

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Last fall, my brother and I spent a weekend in Colorado sifting through the piles of paperwork left by my late uncle—we were on the hunt for 1 specific document, and while we were successful in our search, we also came across three rooms full of papers and other clutter. And that's not counting the basement. Apparently, he never threw out a single piece of mail—not a single one—from the late 1960s...
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