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Having What Matters

having what matters Feb 21, 2019

It’s about more than simply having it all. – Kendra Brodin

Many of us feel distracted, frenetic, overwhelmed. We are trying our best to keep all the balls up in the air. All the plates spinning. But the lives we’ve crafted for ourselves feel unsustainable.

I know what it’s like to love to learn and feel ambitious and deeply invested in my career and at the same time to love my family and desire the best for them. To feel pulled in a multitude of directions and wish I had more to give on every front.

Even as I do the work to simplify my own life, to hone in on what matters most and practice saying no to the rest for a season, I want to offer tools and encouragement to support you as you blend career and family and craft your own intentional life.

We’re all learning, this isn’t a linear process, and certainly it’s one that requires embracing a measure of “beauty in chaos.”

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5 Reasons to Accept the Invitation to Be Who We Are

reasons to accept Feb 21, 2019

We are constantly invited to be who we are – Henry David Thoreau

It can be hard to stay the course. To be who we are and live aligned with the truth of what we most want, to stay out of comparison or trying to measure up to the standard set before us.

It’s easy to succumb to the temptation of all the shiny things and end up distracted and pulled off course or move through life overwhelmed and weary under the weight of all of our competing tensions and desires.

It’s easy to buy into the noise about who we should be, what we ought to look like or live like, and to lose sight of our our vision and primary values along the way.

Challenging or not, it doesn’t have to be this way.

As Thoreau wrote long ago, we are constantly invited to be who we are.

We are Interesting, messy, creative, strong, beautiful, imperfect, resilient, gifted. We are mother, teacher, lover, wordsmith, CEO, healer, engineer, pilot. We are afraid, scared, broken, addict, warrior, survivor,...

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I See The Beauty in Chaos

beauty in chaos Feb 21, 2019

If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos. -Susan E. Phillips, Breathing Room

Life can feel chaotic. Okay, more than a feeling — life can truly be chaotic and unpredictable.

On Monday, everything might run smoothly – my kids get along. No one loses their homework. Everyone is on the bus on time. I get (most) of my work done at the office, and I leave feeling energized and productive. I make supper and get it on the table at a reasonable hour. Homework gets done. Baths get taken. Bedtime is at an almost reasonable hour for all five of us. It’s a good day. Gold stars all around.

But then — Tuesday. On Tuesday, I feel like need a nap before I’ve left home in the morning, This kids are fighting in the morning, and we have to chase the bus. I can’t find my car keys. I forget my computer bag at home. Even more than a large coffee with an extra shot, what I really need is a do-over.

Some days I feel like I’m organized, brave, and...

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7 Steps to Having What Matters: Live with more authenticity,  more confidence, and more impact at home and at work.