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The New Entrepreneur

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller A poster with this quote popped up in my Instagram feed this week. Like most things do, this poetic thought showed up at a time when I most needed to hear it. I’ve been in a serious period of reclamation for some months now. Reclaiming control over my time, my earning potential, career, my business(es), relationships, my garden, my closet, romance, parenting teenagers, weeds (literal and figurative), reclaiming creativity, happiness, opportunity, fitness, wellbeing, reclaiming professional and personal goals, reclaiming balance over stress and schedule demands. PHEW. That felt really good to say out loud and with gusto! Join me this week as I discuss the new entrepreneur and tips to break free from that old outdated handbook for what “work” is supposed to look like. Continue reading…

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Mojo Monday

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“We teach each other how to live” —from poet Anne Michaels, The Winter Vault. That’s how my horoscope started this week. It went on to explain how living like a “curious student” is our sacred duty and the best gift we can give ourselves. The prophetic blurb challenged me to focus attention on the assumption that everyone we meet and every encounter offers rich learning experiences, whether we recognize them at the time or not. I thought creating a Mojo Monday post series would be a great response to honor the gift of this powerful signpost, to acknowledge gratitude for the people and places that added a little magic to my world over the last seven days and open the door for more gratitude and abundance in the coming week. I hope this series inspires the same in you. Beauty exists everywhere if we just pause long enough to notice. Continue reading…

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On Gratitude

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Gratitude is being hailed across media platforms and from leading academic institutions as the new “it” attitude. Several prominent research centers have dedicated multiyear resources to identify and measure scientific data on the nature of gratitude and its potential impact on human health and well-being. Most of us were taught from childhood to say “thank you” for kindnesses large and small. Americans have celebrated a holiday (Thanksgiving) dedicated to the practice since the early 1600’s. So, what’s all the “gratitude” buzz about?

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Travel in Your Own Back Yard

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Fall is the time of year that I really start to feel that “travel” itch. Summer vacation was months ago, a new school year is in full swing and the rigor of our work/school/extracurricular activity schedule is starting to wear on everyone in my family. All I can think about some days is how GREAT it would feel to “get away” and recharge. If schedule and/or budget don’t allow a mid-year escape, being a traveler in your own back yard can do wonders! It is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of maintaining a sense of adventure. Continue reading…

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