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Today I Am Tender: The Loss of Wayne Dyer

It’s the first day of school for my oldest kiddos, and I am so grateful they are together on the bus. I’m feeling emotional and so connected to them. I’d like to think I have many more years with them, but one never knows. I usually don’t live in a pessimistic, ‘what if’ world. As a child I was way more fearful. Nostradamus, anyone? He ruled my dreams. But as an adult I feel I have a choice whether or not to stay in negativity. Today I am tender. The loss of the great Wayne Dyer has left me saddened with the reminder of what’s temporary. I can talk and coach about powerful choice all day long. I also talk about how important it is to be with whatever is. That if we skip over the pain, it bites us in the ass eventually. What we resist persists, so lets
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Kick Fear to the Curb…

I LOVE Halloween and this time of year. I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker in general, but something about the spooky nights and mischief in the air makes me come alive!   I’m sure you’ve all heard the words of Eleanor Roosevelt and others’ versions, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” There are many good learnings that come from testing yourself and pushing through the uneasy feelings. True growth comes out the other side. And sometimes your values are telling you something, like maybe you shouldn’t open the door and walk out onto your dark porch and say, “Hello??? Is anybody there?” when you hear a chainsaw in the background. (That always drives me crazy in horror movies!)   I am 100% for challenges and possibilities! And, so my invitation to you is to not let fear in the driver’s seat. A life governed by fear is not sustainable and it sure isn’t
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What time is it? Now!

Sensei: “When is the time to strike?” Me: “When the opportunity presents itself!” Sensei: “Good, Grasshopper.”   Back in college I was training for my black belt in Isshinryu karate.  One of the codes of Isshinryu states, “The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.” I always loved this saying because I am hard-wired for action. Do! Do! Do!  I cannot NOT act. At least that is how I have always been. Through coaching and being coached, I am soaking in more than ever that a Human Being is just as important as a Human Doing.  I now have a new relationship with this word, “Now.”   I bought a new watch. It has an hour hand, a minute hand and a second hand like any traditional watch would have. But it has a special bonus for my new outlook. It says NOW right in the middle of
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Whoa!!! Reigning in the One-Dimensional Woes…

I was engaging in one my favorite activities when it happened. It was the week before my half marathon. I made great time during my 12-mile training run. My average pace per mile was right on track with my race goal. And then my knee went all wibbly-wobbly, clicky-clacky. It is an injury that didn’t leave me in major pain which would have at least brought the clarity of what to do (or not to do) next. But rather it was an annoying niggle that kept me wondering whether or not to race the following weekend. I saw a chiropractor and a masseuse. I practiced “RICE”–Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. And the day before the race I went out for a test run. Within minutes the wibbly-wobbly, clicky-clacky feeling showed up. I chose to not to run the race the next day out of fear and also practicality of what might
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Tough Enough

I have always been a fan of action. Hard core action. I’m one of those people who used to be unable to sit still and just be. I felt I wasn’t ‘enough’ if I wasn’t constantly doing something. I’d ask, “How do I DO ‘being’?” I actually had a limiting belief that being still was a sign of weakness. Well, I have been harnessing my inner Zen-like state and loving it. So much power comes from the being place. Creativity and “allowance” live here as well as a new state of awareness and possibility. AND…. I’m still a doer!!! In January I signed up for a Tough Mudder. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, I invite you to visit www.toughmudder.com. It’s quite the opposite of lying on the ground supported by the earth and gazing at the clouds passing by (which is still one of my favorite being
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The Affinity for Infinity

My 1-year-old son has had an obsession with the Number 8 for months now. It was actually his fourth word right behind, “Dadda”, “Momma” and “Cat.” He points it out and screams it everywhere he sees it…on a calculator, stacking block, the phone, wherever! I was attributing it to my frequency of watching “Local on the 8s” for the latest weather forecast, but now I’m not so sure. During a recent visit with one of our psychology savvy friends, I asked him what the significance would be with the Number 8. He exclaimed, “It’s Infinity!” I’m wondering what message my little guy is trying to pass on? I’d like to think there are endless possibilities in this life (or the next), which would suit my title of Chief Possibility Officer just nicely! Wikipedia research states the infinity symbol is sometimes called the lemniscate, from the Latin lemniscus, meaning “ribbon”. A
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The Gratitude Attitude

It’s November already! Moments ago I was knee-deep in pumpkin carving (and snow in Northeast PA) and scouting for ghosts and goblins with my little ones. It’s amazing what yet one more day brings…a new month and a new season approaching. It’s time for Thanks Giving. This may sound funny, but I am actually thankful for the time we carve out (pun intended) annually for Thanks. For me, it’s a time of nesting and harvesting the fruits of labor. And, it doesn’t need to be November for us to be so mindful of what we appreciate in our lives. In fact, living in the ‘Gratitude Attitude’ leads to even more of the same. We truly deepen the ‘story’ we create for ourselves when we seek evidence to support it. It is up to us to decide how we want to be and feel about the circumstances in our lives. When
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Lessons From The Pumpkin Vine…

I am a lover of all things fall. I adore the cooler temperatures, the changing color of the leaves, football madness and of course the harvest of the fruits of labor. I am also an amateur pumpkin farmer. I enjoy everything about the growing of pumpkins and really appreciate the process that they go through. Now while all the usual elements are at play, such as seed selection, soil, placement, water, nutrients and pest-control, what I enjoy the most about pumpkins is the vine process. These things were built to survive and to never give up! The cork-screwing appendages grab on to blades of grass to ensure they are fully planted on solid ground. When running a straight path towards the sun, and happen to encounter an obstacle such as a boulder, they seem to create a “hand” of sorts as if they are bracing against it to keep going
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