Do something about it.

All positive global change has involved a strong presence from those willing to push boundaries. Abolishing slavery. Women’s right to vote. Equal pay for equal work.  Advocating change always starts with an opinion and a line in the sand. These trailblazers didn’t just respectfully say, “let’s agree to disagree.” They had vision, immense courage and took action, even when it wasn’t popular. Especially when it wasn’t popular.

To “BE the change” means caring for people but not caring about what people think. It means having deep conviction that no matter the outcome, doing nothing is not an option.

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Need more time? Do this.

I always think of harvest season as a time to re-evaluate life. For me, the fall is both a chance to 'take stock' and an opportunity to do things differently. When I think of how this time of year lends itself to new practices and new habits, I’m excited by the potential to change the ‘feel and function’ of life in my home. 

Some very small adjustments can create more calm and peace for my family and this time of year has me searching high and low for ideas.

All this reflection forces me to slow down and breathe when I would otherwise be panicking about all that there is to action, organize, schedule, sign and submit. I’m easily overwhelmed by tasks as my 3 children head back to school and re-enter the organized chaos of extracurricular activities. This year is no different.

What I am about to share will not only change your approach, it promises to harmonize your home-life too.

If you adopt this idea with self-compassion, dedication and focused attention on personal priorities, the opportunity to make this upcoming academic year the best EVER is very real.

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Santa Fe Shooting

It's easy to get emotional and lay blame when something so devastating as a school shooting happens in our country. And from my perspective, it's also easy to feel, very deeply, the pain that the children of our world are living with every day.

It makes the work of empowering women and providing them a hand so they can be leaders and role models in their homes so much more important.

Women are the future.

Healthy, adult, resourced women innately understand non-violent conflict resolution, compassion and a sense of social justice. It is through feminine characteristics of connection, empathy and love that women create space for processing emotions, taming fears and extending hugs. Women run their households, raise their children and provide leadership at work. Men do too but only when they can tap into their healthy feminine side. And women need order, structure, strength and achievement-focused goals drawn from the masculine in all of us.

The world is changing and we, as powerful women, need to realize our essential role in shifting the tide. And not just for our children (the ones who live in our homes) but for ALL children. And for all adults who were once children.

When people feel alone, hopeless, isolated and unable to reach out for help it's everyone's problem.

When children take guns and kill their friends because they are so angry they feel trapped and out of options, the consequences belong to all of us.

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The Most Significant Question of 2018

While most of us have no idea how long we have to enjoy this human experience on earth, we act as if time is infinite.

It’s not.

We think we will get to the fun stuff later.

We don’t.

We believe that, after our obligations are met, we will finally have time to live our lives and bond affectionately with our family.

We never do.

Or it’s too late and they’ve left for college.

We prioritize work, schedules, money and materialism while delaying time with loved ones, self-care and connecting with core values.

When I started reading Mira Kirshenbaum’s book, “The Gift of a Year”, my first thought was that it was impossible. As I read women’s stories about how they changed their lives by gifting themselves something personally relevant, I considered all the women I knew who would benefit from such a plan, but it would never work for me. I was too busy. I had too much to do. I could never manage the time for such frivolity. And then I realized that the book had been placed in my hands for a reason and it reminded me of my friend’s question.

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