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Craving Balance

When I first met The Daily Thrive’s founder Lisa Gates, I discovered her term “craving balance”. That term has stuck with me ever since. It seems to capture the hunger we have, with our multi-faceted lives that can be so exciting, so challenging and so exhausting! Too much of being pulled in innumerable directions; our […]

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Six Keys to Opting In (or Career & Skills Emergency Preparedness 101)

This is the second is a series of three posts focused on those who have mothered (and fathered) at home for a substantial period of time, the so-called ‘opt out’ cadre. I am passionate about what these parents (yes I was (am?) one) bring to the table of companies and communities if and when the […]

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Hey Mr. DJ, Turn Down That Stereotype!

The labels we so easily apply and attach meaning to, feel increasingly ridiculous and limited; frustrating in their inability to tell the whole story of a person. It’s much easier for everyone if we stay in our classifications. All this crossing over into different segments; it ruins our sound bite politics and mass generalizations. Heaven […]

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What Gets You Up in the Morning?

“The question is not what keeps you up at night but what gets you up in the morning.” ~ Bill Taylor, Co-founder, Fast Company Focus Forward from Care.com Energy conservation (yours, not the planet’s), story-telling to the power of ten, paradigm shifting solutions for how we train teachers and in turn prepare our work force, […]

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Making Your Case for Having a Life

You’re drowning in tasks and a list of priorities longer than you can possibly fit into any reasonable life, and your dreams of contribution, progression and quality time with those you love are getting way-laid. It’s time for *the* conversation. With your spouse. With your kids. With your communities. With your boss. And then there’s […]

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Why Making a Plan and Talking to Your Boss About Flex is Critical

Is it any wonder some in the traditional workforce throw their hands up in the air? The Work Life Dilemma Our increasing hunger for work life policy reform has been thrown into sharp relief for me via my friend Lisa’s recent childcare conundrums. A few weeks ago she started a brand new job. No sick […]

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Focus and Edit

I have been quiet lately. Not my usual state of affairs! As the world turns in crazy, often horrific ways, and the intense spate of natural disasters coupled with another war have my mind and heart in overload, I have had to stop and think for a while. I have had to review the often […]

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Why “Air Quotes” Drive Work Life Reform Back

Morra Aarons Mele recently talked all things work life with Christine Koh over at the Pulse Network. I wanted to jump up from my latop and cheer when Morra reminded us not to put the dreaded air quotes, either literally or with our tone of voice around working from home. It is so easy to […]

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Sacred Space, White Space, Your Space

A couple of weeks ago, I had one of those days. Only there were several of them in a row. Not one thing went as planned. That was OK the first day. It wasn’t OK multiple days in a row and I did not handle it as well as I wanted to. When I finally […]

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What Does an Integrated Life Mean, Anyway?

Our souls desire to behave in ways that line up with what we believe and value.  That is called living an integrated life.  When behavior matches values, we are whole.  We live without apology, heads held high.  Not in arrogance, but in quiet authority that we are on the right path. Join me for She […]

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