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Choice is Slippery

Choice is slippery. Too much - you go nowhere. Too little - you feel constricted. And either option induces stress, pressure, and energy loss. What if you choose the wrong thing?  What if you choose based on another’s opinions? Regret? Less motivation? Resignation? A...

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Seek

Unlike most people, for me the holidays are a time of relaxation, good movies, and even better books. I have a chance to slow down and really reflect and redirect my thoughts, energy, words and actions. This lull in life activity means I free my mind from doing to...

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Ziwa, Elephants, and Grit

Welcome our newest Gritster - Ziwa the African Elephant!  Ziwa is a 3-year-old orphan living at the David Sheldrick trust outside of Nairobi, Kenya. His name, Ziwa, means waterhole (water is key element of living with Inspired Grit). At just 2 years old, he was found...

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Balancing Desire, Grit & Flourishing

Bloom where you’re planted. Why? The inner, Grit-loving side of me respects this saying.  Suck it up, grin and bear it, chin up and smile. Yes, it works.  Our survival instinct kicks in, and we’re able to get through a lot of life by just pushing forward. But a plant...

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A Tale of the Scorpio, the Phoenix, and my Purge Party Invite

Any good story has a heroine. In this one, it’s me. The external version of me. The bits that people can see and experience. The part with the degrees, the job, the full passport, and the energy to dance and laugh and dream. Any good story also has a villain. In this...

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Wild Geese & Community

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination..." Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an evening of ecstatic dance, poetry, and live music.  A number of poems touched my soul and sparked my creativity. I wanted to share...

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Any start begins with one step

A reminder to anyone and everyone ready to make a change: It all begins with one step. What will yours be today? -Ann Start close in, don't take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take. Start with the ground...

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This summer I went to camp and discovered…

It never dawned on me that ‘Summer Camp for Adults’ would be so hard to explain to colleagues, friends, and especially fellow entrepreneurs. The easy stuff: Yes, a bunch of adults took over a ridiculously pimped out kids camp in upstate New York.  (Seriously, since...

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How to Become A Life Scientist

1- Have an idea 2- Decide on a hypothesis 3- Identify a way to prove that hypothesis 4- Collaborate & research to see if you are off-base.  (Or just go for it, your option) 5- Experiment 6- Notice results 7- Adjust if necessary.  Or change your hypothesis. 8-...

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Are you a flight risk?

One of the greatest compliments I recently received was couched in a warning. I was out mingling with some new colleagues, and the typical meet and greet type conversations were happening. "When did you join?”  "What is your background?”  "What did you do before...

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My Love Note Experiment…At work

I work in corporate America, which means a few things. On that list are meetings, follow-ups, next steps, more meetings, and lots of business cliches. What's not on that list: Love notes. As a project manager, part of my role is keeping my teams on track. This can...

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To Change: A Short Love Note

I stopped. I went on self-imposed sabbatical. 5 months away from blogging.  5 months to explore.  To expand. To move back to the US from Africa. And then to move cross country to San Francisco. (Technically Oakland...'cause that's where grit and glam synch.) To visit...

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Takeshi’s Castle, Care Bears and Compassion

Let’s be brutally honest here.  I’m in a torrid affair with Failure.  Not necessarily by choice, but we definitely seem to get along. In fact, recently, and despite all of my best intentions and hopes, I’ve felt more like a contestant on Takeshi’s Castle than a...

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Ask Ann: Business Type Breakdown

Q:  I would love to start my own business, but I am confused by all of the terms out there: self-employed, contractor, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, freelancer, etc.  What do they all mean? A:  Great question, and a really important one to get some clarity around before...

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The Day I Gave Up

I’ve been a powerful river of energy the past few weeks.  I'm talking Three Gorges Dam power meets the width and power of the Amazon kind of river.  People who saw me just 6 weeks ago just keep remarking how happy I look. And then they ask what I did. I gave up....

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Follow Your Breadcrumbs

Hansel and Gretel were smarter than they are given credit for.  True, breadcrumbs were not the best option to mark a trail in their situation, but they had the foresight to know they would need to mark their route in order to get home. The term breadcrumbs is now used...

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