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What do you believe? 3 Questions for Clarity

We're inching in to Quarter 2 of 2017. People are either well on their way or waking up and realizing the year is moving ahead without them. April is a normal time to pause, reflect, release, and lay plans. I hear and work with a lot of people grappling with a common...

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2016 Kicked the Duhkha Out Of Me!

I've started writing this blog every week for the past 2 months. Since 29th October 2016 to be exact. It never felt right. I felt there was more to the message than just the events of the 29th. And there was. There is. And I can't wait any longer to resume writing. On...

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Dear Hustler: 6 Hints from the Trenches

I see you.  You want to make a difference.  You want to make a change.  It might be driven by your own, personal need (more money, more title, more bling).  It might be driven because you want to make an impact.  So first off know that you are seen. But… You look...

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On Receptive Freezing and Becoming a Care Bear

It happened again.  I froze.  That awful speeding train of emotions came charging through me.   Do I speak what is on my mind?  How long has it been on my mind? Is what I am about to say an emotional reaction or is this my truth, deeply felt and clearly ready to...

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Voldemort in Life and Business

Today I’m writing about the raw, ugly, difficult part of having clarity and setting boundaries in life and business. Clarity and boundaries are like the Voldemort of life: something we all need but don’t want to talk about. Folks out there love to tell you how great...

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Grit Defined

Grit. What comes to mind when you hear, read, or write this word? Edgy. Rough. Clenched fists and jawbone. Tense muscles. Leaning in. Masculine. Force. No giving up. “Just do it”.  “True Grit.” Guns and cowboys and soldiers. Cross-fit + bootcamp. Discipline. Strength....

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Inspired Grit: The Story of an Oyster

In 2013 I was at a crossroads.  I knew I had more to give, and I wasn't willing to wait for something to happen.  But this time I found myself in a new predicament. You see, I recognize patterns.  It's one of my gifts.  I see them all around me, and they make me...

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On Not Settling

There comes a time when it is no longer right. You can no longer suppress, ignore, avoid and pretend. When that time comes, the inner voice begins to bellow. The call is similar to the ominous yet seductive call to prayer from a mosque.  Deep, pulsing, hypnotising....

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Self-Care, Self-Love & 1 Billion Rising 2016

Self-care is almost easy for me.  I eat right (generally), move my body regularly, and surround myself with inspiring people, books, music, art, etc.   Self-love is another story.  I’m probably like most of you, navigating the choppy waters of self-love.  Some...

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Why you need more BS in your life

It can be a paralyzing feeling - waking up knowing you have another day of everyone else coming.  Their demands.  Their dreams.  Their priorities. A few years ago I felt a lot like that.  Practically every day. I've written before about how my exterior looked amazing....

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Feed the Dark

“Ann, I have some news for you.” It’s been two months since I wrote and posted my last blog. In a growing business, this is considered self-sabotage. In a saturated life, this is considered survival. My last nine+ weeks have been fraught with upheaval. Blame it on one...

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Faults Below and Within

Yesterday I experienced my first earthquake in California. It was about 7:10 am, I had been up since my alarm at 4:30. I was just finishing off an email to friends in Uganda about our upcoming book when my building began shifting. Right underneath my neighborhood is...

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Gaming Your Ideas, aka Getting Chunky with your Thoughts

I live in Oakland, CA, right across the bay from San Francisco. And I use public transit to get to/from work. You can just imagine the conversations I hear about the latest and greatest apps, gadgets and gizmos of the tech scene in Silicon Valley. Instead of reading a...

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Once in a Blue Moon

Not since 2004.  Not again until 2019.  Tonight really is once in a blue moon. Full moons are sacred for me.  The power, the clarity, the space and loving presence.  A quick google search will provide more details, but I'll summarize as follows: The solar (masculine)...

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