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Be the Foxhog

I'm currently smitten with the idea of Foxhogs as captured in Ian Leslie's book Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It. As Mr. Leslie notes, the parable of the Fox and the Hedgehog is easily summarized: be great at what you do.  In our modern...

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Reading Recap: May 2015

I haven't posted as much in the past month because I've been hard at work getting this website re-launched.  But even with that distraction, I always had a stack of books in hand. This month I'm giving you a glimpse at some staple books on my bedside table (4, because...

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Elephants in the Dark

This is one of my favorite poetry pieces from Rumi.  It has inspired a few weeks of imperfect action. This past month I have been gingerly shedding light on my own elephants in the dark, and learning to ask for help where I need it. Imperfect action means launching...

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Reading Recap: April 2015

April's books focus on my current certification in Flourishing and Positive Psychology (+P). I’ve been playing with various ways to increase my own positivity, focus, and personal understanding the better part of 15 years. It was only recently that I discovered that...

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Trigger

  Trigger. To trigger. To be triggered. I’ve been thinking a lot about this word. It has begun appearing in numerous conversations at work and with friends. It has also meandered its way in to my daily meditation and mindfulness practice. All of this got me...

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Bitter or Better?

Spring has sprung, and change is definitely in the air. Whether it is new jobs, new relationships, or new dreams, most of the people I run in to are chasing something. The curious side of me can't help asking the source of the chase. Or the push. Some source from a...

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Reading Recap: March 2015

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, three of March’s books focus on similar themes: strong, gutsy women who knew life had to be seized in order to be alive. One is a long-time favorite singer of mine, Angelique Kidjo, from Benin, Africa. Another is the first...

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Poetry Pause: The Journey

Because the small, quiet whispers of dreams and ideas are the first step on your journey to create your path. -Ann & Inspired Grit THE JOURNEY     by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting...

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What can you release in order to grow?

This weekend I met a friend for lunch at the Berkeley marina. Besides just catching up, we spoke for six-hours about our various business “babies”. I have 4 babies. She has 2. Some are thriving, some are in the early stages, and some are coming to market this year. At...

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When did I stop…

When things become rough, and the thrash of life is making a turbulent mess of your thoughts and emotions, these four questions are game changers. When did I stop singing? When did I stop dancing? When did I stop being enchanted by stories and by my own story? When...

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Reading Recap: February 2015

A short month deserves short reads. But short doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch. Nor does price necessarily reflect value.  (At the current Amazon Kindle prices, all five will cost you a whopping $19.95.) The first two combine the message of taking action with a...

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Connection On My Watch

I just finished reading Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking (really great read), and she summarizes her success in to three words: Collect - Connect - Act I'm currently reading Tara Gentile's Quiet Power Strategy (also a great read), and she asks: How do you want to...

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Wide Open Window

I recently ended a relationship. It was short-lived, not mourned, and eye-opening. I’m too seasoned by life to mourn that which was never meant to be. Seasoning is a by-product of experience and adventure. And I’m a spicy gal. Meanwhile, the irony never escapes me....

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The Magic of 5 Whys

One of the most powerful tools I’ve ever learned has 5 parts and a simple formula. 1) Why do/am I ____________? 2) Repeat this 5 times, each time digging closer to the real root of the first question. 3) Avoid explanations. By the 5th Why you normally hit both a root...

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Reading Recap: January 2015

One question has come up more frequently over the past few months: Where do you get all of this information? One answer is that I read.  A lot. My topics are decidedly wide and generally non-fiction.  I consume a lot of content because I'm a curious gal.  It also...

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Allowing Space and Dancing with Strangers

I’m a big fan of Yogi brand tea because of the tea tags. Each tag comes with a saying. Over the years, I’ve saved my favorite tags, diligently gluing them inside my yoga journal, taping them on desktop monitors, and squirreling them away in wallets and books. One of...

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