Uncategorized / 30.10.2018

In the 584 million miles I have traveled on the earth, as it made its latest trip around the Sun, the opportunities to see and feel more life played out in the form of leaps of faith and adventures and craters of grief. At the beginning of the earth’s long journey, some 365.256 days ago, I was in Madrid reflecting on my 70-mile trek across Northern Spain.  Tired feet and elated heart, I had gotten what I came for and more. Each day and every step wove down a metaphorical...

Uncategorized / 22.08.2018

Living in Nashville right now means cranes are within sight at every turn. There is rapid growth happening and people that have lived here for more than 10 years can be overheard grumbling about how ‘our town is unrecognizable these days’. Progress does that – it takes the familiar and makes it unfamiliar. Sometimes that’s uncomfortable or confusing. It can also be troubling because while everything around you is changing, it reminds you that maybe you haven’t changed all that much. Personal growth can be like walking down a street...

Uncategorized / 01.08.2018

When I left my corporate job for a one-year sabbatical, the question of who would replace me came up. I made what I thought was a logical recommendation to a colleague. The individual was familiar with the work, had a stellar relationship with the primary customer, and was at the top of the ‘next in line’ list. The response from the colleague? “You're right, she’s incredibly qualified and the customer would be thrilled, but I don’t think she’ll be successful. She’s just too nice.” What? Too nice?? Are we adding ‘competent and...

Uncategorized / 15.07.2018

Growing up I loved the simplicity of the message - Faith, Hope, Love. I’m not necessarily one to quote scripture or memorize verses but I know this comes from Corinthians 13:13 and I know that in KJV, its translation of ‘agape’ came through as Faith, Hope, Charity. In this midlife transition to work in the nonprofit sector, I now find myself fully immersed in these words, living out their meaning in every conversation and every decision we make as an organization. Charity is often associated with helping the less fortunate. It...

Uncategorized / 02.05.2018

Living with a dog will bring you heartache. It will cause you great distress when your carpet is soiled by the accidents of a puppy and later by an elderly fellow. Your ears will cringe from the barking at invading squirrels on the patio and your nose will be poisoned by the gases excreted while you are watching Game of Thrones late at night. Picking up poop in a little blue bag and coaxing pills down your furry champion’s throat is not the highlight of your social media reel....

Uncategorized / 13.03.2018

Dear Younger Me, I know this is weird, but this letter is actually from you. Breathe and keep reading. Failure is coming, and I am not going to try to circumvent those moments – they are the best lessons you will learn but they need to be learned in the moment. Gut wrench, embarrassment, regret – they all rewire your DNA. My words wouldn’t have the same impact. You know that funny guy, David Letterman? He always does a Top 10 every night. Here’s yours…   Engage in more conversations with old...

Uncategorized / 07.03.2018

Let’s get this out of the way – I think men are swell, the bee’s knees really. I am surrounded by some of the very best and I wouldn’t want a day of my life to be lived without them. But today my thoughts are occupied by women and I don’t think it’s an us-against-them world. These reflections about the fairer sex are not shared as an opposition to men but a celebration of all the amazing things I have learned about being a woman and living my life...

Uncategorized / 28.02.2018

“After years of professional accomplishments, I have realized my health has suffered. This year on my development plan I included ‘take care of me’ as one of my three objectives. I am hoping my boss holds me to it.” Next to the chair sits a beautiful Louis Vuitton bag. These were not my words, but they could have been. This was not my bag, but I am sure someday, it too could have been. It’s the spring of last year and I was participating in a week-long leadership training. This...