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For a better 2021, think inside the box

The transition to 2021 is well underway, and it couldn’t come a moment too soon! Have you started imagining how this new year could be better than the last?  The forced solitude and downtime, plus a greater awareness of mortality, are sparking cravings for change in so many people. Cravings for more meaning, authentic connection, and freedom … Continue reading For a better 2021, think inside the box

Are you designing your life, or is it designing you?

This past Saturday I ventured to the Javakheti Plateau, the high-desert region near the Georgia/Armenia border where the rugged landscape and frigid winter temperatures have shaped the lives of the (predominantly) Russian-speaking immigrants who dwell there.  I was well aware of my privilege as I photographed the ice fisherman who daily brave sub-zero temperatures to feed themselves … Continue reading Are you designing your life, or is it designing you?

Trouble setting goals for the new year? Do this instead.

The beginning of each new year was always a shining beacon of hope for me — This year will be different! I’d set goals and actually achieve them! That hope always fizzled out, courtesy of a total inability to stay on course.  Everyone else seemed capable of working in a linear fashion towards a goal… why couldn’t I? The clue … Continue reading Trouble setting goals for the new year? Do this instead.

Feeling stuck? Here’s how to get lift-off without burnout

For most of my adult life I felt stuck. I knew that I wasn’t living my best life, but inertia and resistance kept me grounded… like an airplane on the tarmac unable to get enough momentum to achieve lift-off. Conventional wisdom said I simply needed to work harder. That’s what an airplane pilot would do, … Continue reading Feeling stuck? Here’s how to get lift-off without burnout

Why transitions are so hard for rebels with a cause

They say that you don’t find your niche; niches find you. The more I understand myself, the more rebels I coach, the more I learn about the unique neurology of the gifted adult, I have surrendered to the knowledge that my sweet spot is helping ‘rebels with a cause’ through transitions — to a more … Continue reading Why transitions are so hard for rebels with a cause

There’s no such thing as personal transformation.

We’re drowning in advice about personal transformation; books, articles, speeches, and blogs chock-full of how-to’s and sage advice. In my earlier years, I ate it all up. I thought I needed to transform myself into who I wanted to be. Today, after a couple decades of what others might call a mid-life personal transformation — changing my … Continue reading There’s no such thing as personal transformation.

Seeing clearly: three life lessons from a lost pair of glasses

I lost my eyeglasses last weekend while hiking in the mountains: snazzy designer glasses that I’d worn for years, but were admittedly less than perfect. They were constantly sliding down my nose unless I kept tightening the arms; the lenses were scuffed from being dropped too many times; one of the lenses was cut for an astigmatism that had miraculously cured itself a … Continue reading Seeing clearly: three life lessons from a lost pair of glasses

Have you embraced your true nature?

Sometimes I get depressed and anxious, regardless of pandemics or nail-biting elections. I start sinking into heaviness, retreating to my bedroom where I re-read old favorites or binge-watch shows on Amazon Prime.  I know myself well enough by now that this pattern is a signal: a red flag waved by my fiercely freedom-loving self that I … Continue reading Have you embraced your true nature?

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