Mindful leadership?! What hippy BS!

  I once went to a seminar which was all about “Mindfulness.” The participants were mostly middle-aged or older men and women who looked at each other with squinty eyes as if they were bathing in compassion and delight. I was very young at that time and this all seemed very pretentious to me. They … Read more

4 Steps To Stop Minimizing Yourself In Your Own Life

How can you win when you keep playing small? You stay too long. You allow too much. You don’t insist on anything. You compromise all the time … in relationships, marriages and jobs. You say yes when you want to say no. You bend over backwards for others who never do the same in return. … Read more

Ama’s Pearls: Six Life Lessons for Authentic Living

Today would have been my mother-in-law’s 72nd birthday. It’s been almost three months since she died. We called her Ama – the name she took for herself when she became a grandmother. Interestingly, the term ama refers to a Japanese diver – usually female – who tends oyster beds. It’s a great metaphor for what … Read more

How I Won

Illness, challenges, disability, These are all things that I am familiar with. I went through years of pain and depression, I was debilitated, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t eat, I was taking morphine daily, andI had serious surgery. I now live with the constant reminders of that surgery. But I also live a life that … Read more

You can’t get over your identity

Years ago now I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a nasty illness with no cure that creates a life of challenges and pain. My initial response was to deny it, but as the weeks turned into months and those months into years, “I have crohn’s” became “my crohn’s.” It became a part of me, no … Read more