Three Insights on Being Present

Aug 09, 2022

 

It doesn't come as a surprise that the most downloaded episode of my podcast is entitled: “The Importance of Being Present.” Episode #6 from September, 2020.

I’m not sure how we, as a society, have gotten so far away from being able to actually BE present, but I’m sure it has something to do with all the instant connectedness we find in the internet,...

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Optimize Your Life

Jul 25, 2022

I love my “job.”

I have the privilege of listening to women tell their stories on a weekly basis, and I’m always fascinated when I see a familiar thread run through so many of them. Their awareness of that thread seems to be the catalyst for change and growth.

What thread, you ask?
It’s the idea that our worth lies in our accomplishments.

Granted, that’s going to...

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Uplevel Your Leadership

Jul 18, 2022

To hear the podcast version of this post: Episode 95: Uplevel Your Leadership

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my quest to create space in my calendar and my brain.

I thought I was just practicing self care, you know, following my own advice - but it turns out, this process was a reflection of a major shift in my thinking. A shift I KNOW I was looking for, hoping for even, but wasn’t...

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Financial Independence

Jul 11, 2022

I don’t pretend to understand financial investing - but I fall into that category of wanting to BE financially independent. It represents freedom, on so many levels, to me.

When I first met Elisa Zhang, she was interviewing me. She wanted to share Intentional Optimism with her audience of investment minded entrepreneurs, and you know me, I’m always happy to talk! But throughout the...

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Trust Yourself

Jul 04, 2022

Podcast Episode 97: Trust Yourself

 

Just trust yourself! 

How many times have you heard that, especially in the middle of a decision, or as you’re wavering in doubt?

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a million times. 

The more I learn about myself,though, the more this phenomenon makes sense. You see, my internal makeup is predetermined to NOT trust myself....

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My Definition of Success

Jul 04, 2022

 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

- Maya Angelou

 

Two of my goals last month were to consolidate or eliminate 1 thing per week (preferably in my business), and somehow create space in my calendar. If you know me, each were a pretty big ask. As an enneagram 6w7, I'm very loyal and dedicated, and I love to say YES! 

I've...

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Understand Your Value

Jun 27, 2022

One of the things I LOVE about my work is that I get to meet new people, nearly every day. For me, that usually means making a new friend  - every day. Connecting with and getting to know amazing leaders just makes my day. Gosh, I love my work! 

Amber Fuhriman is a woman after my own heart. If you'd been a fly on the wall before and after our podcast recording, you’d be...

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Creating the Next Best Leaders Through Resilience

Jun 20, 2022

How many times have you been discouraged by poor leadership - above you, around you, in your organization or community? On tv? 

It affects the culture of the organization (no matter the size), and impacts the motivation of the entire team. When it affects YOU, personally, impacting your ability to do your work well, with joy, a sense of satisfaction or at least not hate it, the issue looms...

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The People Gardener

Jun 13, 2022

When I decided to start my podcast 2 years ago, I had no idea the caliber of leaders I would meet when I hung out my little “shingle” for a show entitled “Intentional Optimists, Unconventional Leaders.”  I knew they (we) were out there, and I knew I wanted to tell their stories, interwoven with my thoughts and opinions on leadership and personal growth - but I did...

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The Rhythms of Reflection

Jun 06, 2022

Last week my conversation with Sylvia Worsham revealed that we share an affinity for John Maxwell’s Law of Reflection, “Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You,” from the book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth. If you’ve not yet read it, I highly recommend it as a great starting place. 

In essence, if you never slow down enough to look around at...

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