Living Intentionally and Rising Above with Nancy Duarte

Nancy describes herself as a conquistador who liberates the undiscovered, sets boundaries for safe play, and builds fortresses where dreams can be realized. I create, protect, and conquer the future with extreme respect and reverence for the past. Rising above the...

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Living Intentionally with Vivian Nunez

Vivian is the Founder of Too Damn Young, a community + resource for teens and young adults who have lost someone they love. She's also a copy writer and digital content producer for entrepreneurs and brands.  Where her vulnerability came from What it took for her to...

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Living Intentionally with Dana Malstaff

Dana is a mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of the Boss Mom Movement. She serves...

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Keep Fighting the Good Fight…

Let’s get down to business… Your business… of being YOU showing up everyday as best you can, today being as strong as you are, today shining brightly, today of being beautiful from the inside out We live in a world that is full of “busyness” and distractions. And we...

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An Ode to the Overwhelmed

This poem was sent to me by Samantha Bennett and I just had to share it with you today. It captures so many different feelings I have felt this week - and you may have, too. It is in such alignment with the work I do each and every day the message I am bringing to...

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Fully Stepping Into Who I Am

Earlier today I wrote a post on LinkedIn titled, Your Pact which was very much influenced by Seth Godin’s post The Pact he shared today. But as I thought more about it over the course of the day, I realized that what I wrote barely touches the surface. Heck, I’m...

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The Blame Game

So, I had an epiphany today. Last week was the start of another semester of my Organizational Behavior course at a local Business School. And of course, I didn’t start to really prepare for the course until a few days before it began because...well, I have taught it...

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One of those days…

Ever have one of those days...? When school gets delayed 2 hours and you need to rejuggle, well, everything?? When you had an interview scheduled and then rescheduled and forgot to update the reschedule? When you walk the dog and he decides to explore everything snow...

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Let your Leadership Shine Through

She is a born leader and the more she steps into that role, the more beautiful she becomes. The more her light shines.  This is what I wrote about a friend of mine who has been doing some amazing things. Like some of you, she knew there was more inside of her but she...

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Your Road to Unbecoming

It is in the gates Within your soul Where you live. There is more, outside. There is beauty, outside. There is strength, outside. Yet, the gates feel safe and warm. Opening the gates Is forbidden. For if you leave those walls You don’t know what awaits. You know...

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What do YOU want in 2017?

Yesterday I wrote about Your Voice in 2017... What is your voice? What do you want to say? Do others hear and understand you? Are you sharing what you want to share? These are questions I ask myself and my clients on a daily and weekly basis. And that's why the...

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Underpinnings of Curiosity

It takes time… To get the courage to try something... To follow through with the courage you just musterd up to start something... To not give up when the something you tried, failed... To do it again... To feel you know what you are doing… Okay, that may come to some...

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Sean McCool

The product of a broken home, a terrible student, an average athlete, a socially-awkward college flunkie and a serial failure for the first 36 years of his life, Sean searched for what it took to be a Champion like so many he saw around him. What he discovered allowed...

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Gratefulness

What I’m grateful for this year… That I live in a community with friends who lift each other up and support one another. In a year of sad news and tragedy for those I love and care for, seeing people drop everything else and focus on what’s important – friends,...

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Warrior

This quote was one of MANY I wrote down while sitting front row during Glennon Doyle Melton‘s talk yesterday. The word WARRIOR has so many meanings. And to most, it’s a noun. But I heard it described in a new light – as an action, a verb. When I think of Warriors,...

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No Black Friday, No Cyber Monday… No Mediocrity

Today, as I was prepping to teach my second to last class of Organizational Behavior, I came across this TEDx Talk by Shawn Achor, The Happy Secret to Better Work. And if you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend watching the video below. He is funny, witty and...

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Give something, get something

’tis the crazy holiday season – or at least it is almost fully upon us 🙂 I have been working with some local Domestic Violence shelters and wanted to do something more for them this holiday season. Especially given the state of our country and world right now, we need...

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Life … And What Really Matters

What can you do today? Yes, vote is an obvious answer if you live in the United States. But what else can you do? Here are some suggestions from the wise and brilliant Seth Godin…and here’s to you finding some inspiration and intentions for today! Care a little more....

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#DoYourJob

What can you do today? Yes, vote is an obvious answer if you live in the United States. But what else can you do? Here are some suggestions from the wise and brilliant Seth Godin…and here’s to you finding some inspiration and intentions for today! Care a little more....

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Your Inner Storm

You know it's there. You feel it's coming and there's nothing you can do. The temperature drops. The winds howl. And then the rain...oh, the rain! It rains; it pours. And you feel there is no way out. It's hopeless. You feel despair. And then the eye of the storm...

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Your next 94 days…

I was recently challenged by a colleague for a 100 day challenge...that was 6 days ago. And while I am making progress, I have found myself going back to episodes of my Podcast, Living Intentionally with Amy Smalarz. You know when you hear something once and you say...

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See Something, Say Something

A few things have happened over the past week and it's some things that I just can't let go...They have stayed on my mind so I wanted to share them with you in hopes that after reading this, you can share this message and do something positive for yourself and others...

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Beauty is…

Strength. Ability. Authenticity. Self-respect. Love. Yes, I believe that Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (and not a cliche or what you say if you think someone is unattractive). It's a glow, a shine, a presence that you cannot look away from. Someone who is...

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Living Intentionally with Erika Lyremark

Erika Lyremark is the bestselling author of Think Like A Stripper, CEO, Whipstress & Glamorous Business Guide.  (Because making money should never be dull, boring or unflattering.)  Showing early entrepreneurial skills when she let her brother throw a pie in her...

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Your Commitment

As many of you know, I celebrated my 40th birthday this week. And I have to admit that I have had more reflection that I anticipated. Usually a birthday, for me, is just another number and an opportunity to do more with my new year than I did with the last one. But...

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Sure, we all have our routines - and I definitely have mine. I NEED and rely on them every day. Routines like drinking water when I first get up in the morning, doing 10-15 minutes of yoga, writing in my Self Journal...that's how I wake up. But there is something to...

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Lessons from P!NK

I love music. To listen to it... To dance to it... No matter what type of mood I am in, I can find something that is soothing, calming, inspiration, fun or as in the case of my run yesterday...necessary to keep me going. It was a hot day so I knew it would be a...

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When Resistance rears it’s ugly head…

Resistance... Steven Pressfield, in his book, The War of Art, defines resistance as: the most toxic force on the planet by definition is self-sabotage Fear You think Resistance isn't real? Resistance will bury you. (The Unlived Life section) Many of you encounter...

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Soul Sisters

Here in New Hampshire, women, hundreds even thousands of women before me lived here and thrived off the land. They were strong, reliable and warriors. As I was exploring with my family today we came to 2 places that gave me pause. I felt their spirits still alive and...

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Lessons from Summer camp

Yesterday was Family Day at my sons' camp. It was such an amazing day - to see what my sons have learned, new friends they have made - kids and counselors alike, and how they have grown. Watch my FB live video HERE. As I share in the video, while the boys didn't mind...

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Purpose vs. Intention

I had such an interesting discussion with a colleague the other day and he asked me a question you may have asked yourself: What's the difference between purpose versus intention? To some, this may be semantics, a small difference. I have even heard people use these...

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No apology.

Stand up straight and look the world in the eye.   That is what my father has said to me every since I was a little girl. Walking into a restaurant...you got it. Playing first base...you got it. Getting bullied at school...you got it. Graduating with my PhD...you...

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I am enough.

There are many days, far more than I would like to admit when I ask: “Am I enough?” Did I do enough with my clients? Did I reach enough people today? Did I give enough at my workshop? Was I present enough with my boys? Do they know how much I really love them? Am I...

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Voices…

We all hear them. Sometimes they from words spoken by others. Sometimes they are the sounds you hear in your own head. I believe that each of us has a voice that deserves to be shared and heard. We all need a push sometimes - even when we don't know it. But when we...

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Being a Superhero

Welcome to Monday! I like to use Monday's to get my head straight and put my self into a positive mindset for the week. Each week brings its unique challenges but what never changes is my ability to CHOOSE how I show up and how I contribute. Seth Godin's post this...

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What money cannot buy…

Integrity Character Self love and respect Heart That's just to name a few. We have had some recent discussions in the Smalarz household about the value of money, what you can buy with it, why sometimes it's good to save and other times it's good to spend it...

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At the End of the day…

At the end of the day... I'm a big basketball fan. It's one of the sports where you have a leader but truly need a team to be your best. It's not a one-person show. Yes, there are dominant players but the great teams have players who know their position and do their...

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Stop running and be a Winner instead

I know I have been sharing a lot of Seth's blog posts with you lately - and that is because many of them speak to me and resonate within. Today's post, "It's not a race" is so timely to me and even if it doesn't resonate with you today, it's here for when it does. I...

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The 1 Thing you REALLY need for Work-Life Balance

Okay - this isn't the first time you have seen this headline, right? As a matter of fact, there was an article on Inc.com yesterday titled The 1 Thing You Need to Achieve Work-Life Balance - and that prompted my FB Live video yesterday and my HuffPost Blog today....

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Lessons from Mama Turtle

This morning I was sipping my coffee and watching mama Turtle lay her eggs in the same spot in our front yard that she has for the past 8 years. When she was done, I then watched her make her way back to the brook to get some rest and then come back again tomorrow....

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Give Yourself Some Slack

Welcome to the short week (or I should ask how it has started...)! In honor or Take Action Tuesday I am sharing Seth Godin's Blog from the other day: Problems How often do you let things go a little too long and once you actually step up to take care of the challenge...

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Which step are you on?

You determine your step... It's Friday! While I enjoy every day of the week, most people seem to enjoy Friday the most - and it shows. And the Friday of an upcoming holiday weekend - forget about it! Most people are smiling, relaxed, not rushing (unless you are...

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Doing What’s Uncomfortable

How many of you have heard this before...? - Get out of your comfort zone! - Do something that scares you! - Try something new! - Push yourself, you will go farther than you think! And you know what? They are right! This isn't anything new but it's true that we grow,...

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What’s your Home made of?

It's what in your HOME that matters... I took a picture of my house this morning because we are going to do some small updates soon and it's always fun to have the "before and after" photo. Soon the 2 trees right in front will be gone, our driveway will have more...

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What do people think?

One of the brilliant pieces of marketing is that you have the opportunity to shape what people "think" and that can be powerful stuff. And it can work with you or against you...as many of you already know. Some of you who have watched my videos or read my Blog know...

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ATTENTION!

Did I grab yours? Maybe, maybe not...? Well, the Post, A Question of Attention got my attention this morning. I must admit that I may have fallen guilty of sending a message (or 2) outside of 'normal' hours or what others call Business Hours. Even if that is the case,...

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Knowing Your Value

Yes, I know it's Friday and a time to reflect - and I promise - I will do that later today. But in my few minutes I allow myself to peruse headlines, this one caught my attention. Not because I agree with it, necessarily but because I was curious what the 6 reasons...

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Lollipops

Be yourself and don't apologize How many times have you apologized if someone disagrees with you? Or when someone doesn't like what you have done or said? If you are in this group, not too much lately but I know when I was younger...okay, I'll be honest that sometimes...

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Why do you do what you do?

I wrote a post on LinkedIn earlier today: Why do you do what you do? I have received some really great comments and questions so I wanted to take some time to talk about them here. First, here is the Blog Post from Seth Godin that I shared: Calling your finding Many...

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Living Intentionally with Alex O’Brien

Andrew O'Brien, former Army convoy gunner, has a remarkable story. He comes from a devastatingly difficult past, has had traumatic experiences, and he made the decision to finally fight through. His story brings hope - which is exactly what he hopes to do. How he rose...

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May 6, 2001

Today is my 15 year wedding anniversary, so I have been thinking not only about this week but the past 15 years I have been fortunate to be married to my husband and soul mate. Yes, it sounds cheezy but it's totally true! He totally puts up with me and in all honesty,...

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Don’t play mediocre…

It’s the morning of Day Two of Bo Eason’s Personal Story Power [http://boeason.com/ ] event and wow, is my brain on fire! I am learning a lot about myself but more importantly, how I can serve others better. There is also the message pounded into our heads that it is...

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Just…Be…

You have heard me talk a lot about slowing it down and getting back to the basics lately. And that’s because it is something we all can do more of. I realize some of you reading this may think that this is ‘advice’ only for some and not you. But I have a couple of...

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What you should REFUSE to do…

Now, I admit that much of what I write is to help you get into a Positive Mindset or at least reflect on where you are in life, what you want out of life and ways to help you be successful. And actually, this title is deceiving because what I am about to share with...

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Everything has its place

I realize this probably isn't a new idea for you but it's one worth talking about. Marie Kondo is an internationally known expert on tidying up, with her books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. I have read her Life-Changing book and I definitely...

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#BostonStrong

Patriot's Day is a Massachusetts tradition. And in 2005, I was proud to feel a part of it because I qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon with my husband. It was a much tougher run than the marathon we had run together but he stayed with me and we finished,...

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Setting an example

This morning was by far, was one of the best mornings to watch SportsCenter. My sons and I watched the replays of Kobe's unbelievable and record setting performance (60 points!) in his last game in the NBA and then the next minute, we watched the replay of Steph...

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A watched pot never boils…

If you are as old as I am, you have heard this expression before. I remember when I was a kid waiting for a big event, like my birthday to come or watching the clock waiting for my friend to arrive...Every time I did this, time seemed to slow to a stand still and it...

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Be kinder and gentler

Have you ever had those days when you were really tough on yourself? One of those days where you either think you should be doing more or less of what you have done? See - you aren't alone! I woke up this morning with a realization that I need to turn some of my...

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Sticking with it

It's Monday and for me that means "Mindset Monday!" What is your mindset today? Where are you? Where would you like to be? [I'm just full of questions today...I am in question mode since I had 4 amazing Podcast interviews today! Living Intentionally with Amy Smalarz...

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Just send it already!

Think back to a time when you were working on something that was really important to you and you wanted to make it perfect... You wanted to make sure the words were right, the tone was appropriate, your message gets across the way you want it to, etc. That was me...

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Small wins

Today is a day where I truly practiced what I preach [shouldn't we all do that more often!] Last Friday I launched my 5-Day Living Intentionally Challenge and today was the last day. Now, years ago (okay, up to about 3 years ago) I would have crossed it off my list...

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Stopping your Self-Sabotage

Seth Godin has a brilliant mind and for those of you who haven't read any of his work, I highly recommend you start! And since my theme today is avoiding Self Sabotage, featuring his quote seemed appropriate. So far today, how many times have you doubted what you were...

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Idea Generation

How do you generate your ideas? Author Steven Pressfield hits the nail on the head when he says that a lot of what we think about is what other people say. In other words, we don't give ourselves time to have original thoughts of our own but regurgitate what others...

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All the Above [Maino]

This is my song of the day! Hustle, grind - all the above! As many of you know I kicked off my Living Intentionally 5-Day Challenge and it has been so much fun. But with anything it's been a bunch of work because I want to make sure it's valuable, people have a great...

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It’s not just for kids…

7 Things Related to Relationships and EQ I know I posted an article on emotional intelligence yesterday but I read this one this morning and had to share it - because it's not just for kids but for adults, too. Want to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids? 7 Things to...

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What you say isn’t always what they hear

I learned this lesson the hard way this weekend. We were hanging out as a family watching some of the Men's NCAA Tournament games and the camera man panned his shot to show the cheerleaders before going to commercial. And then he said it...My younger son said "Mama,...

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Quieting the Mind and Insighting the Spirit

The ocean feels like my home and the way it soothes my mind and spirit is like nothing else. The constant roar of the waves, the feel and texture of the sand - it's where I feel I am meant to be. I am fortunate to be on a 4-day vacation with my family on Amelia's...

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The Crossroads of Science and Happy

ENJOYMENT OR FULFILLMENT VS. HAPPINESS I realize this is a subject that gets a lot of press - happiness. How can we be happier? How can we bring happiness into our lives. I read it and I hear it from my coaching clients and in my Workshops. But here's the thing - I...

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What does ‘work’ really mean?

I love to ask this question because many people have different definitions - and different people value different types of work. I looked up the definition of work and here is the first one on the list: Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to...

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It’s not all Glitz and Glamour

The Tough Side of Living Intentionally Living with Intention — what does that mean and how can I do it? That is a question I get a lot. That is actually one of the biggest reasons I am launching my Podcast, Living Intentionally with Amy Smalarz in about a week. My...

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Recovering from Sidetracks

So, I live in New England and the running joke is, if you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes. And the joke was on us today as we got snow! Yes, I know I chose to live here but hey, I'm human and it was weird to get snow, especially since it's been in the...

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Rule #1 is…

My son's team had their last basketball game of the season yesterday - and it was so much fun! I was privileged to be the assistant coach and I loved every minute of it! But you know one of the best things? Over the season, at practice, at games our cheer was "Rule #1...

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Going Old School

This week has been packed with a LOT of great and exciting things! I have been conducting some great interviews and getting ready for the launching of my Podcast, Living Intentionally with Amy Smalarz - in less than 2 weeks!! I am also working on finalizing the first...

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3 Tips on Giving and Receiving Advice

When was the last time you received some advice, whether or not you asked for it? Do any of these sound familiar? Show up ready to work Don't make assumptions Be patient No task is beyond you You don't always get what you want Do what is right, not what is easy And...

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Your Inner Drive

Your Personal Philosophy is your guide, your compass. This is something I truly believe because our inner beliefs drive how we think, our actions and our emotions. Simply stated: Our inner beliefs start the cycle of thinking - action - emotion. And true to nature,...

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Networking, Making the Best of It!

How many of you enjoy networking? Going into an event or room where you may know one or two people, or maybe no one at all? Okay, for those of you nodding your head "Yes!" you can stop reading...Just kidding. Please keep reading and share your comments on what you do,...

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Just get out there already!

So, great advice in theory, right?! For those of you who love groups, crowds and new conversation you already do this. But for those of you like me who have to work up going to a networking event or to a meeting with new people this message is for you. We all know...

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Discipline vs. Habits

Commitment and discipline; repetition...they seem like two sides of the same coin. And such is the debate or question of discipline or habits. How often have you heard the idea that you just need to work harder and be more disciplined? If you can just be more...

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Sympathy or Empathy? How do you decide?

Okay, so some of you may already be shaking your head given the title of the post thinking "How the heck can I 'decide' if I have sympathy or empathy? Don't I just feel it?" Here's a question, think back to a recent time when a friend or loved one shared a situation...

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A Lesson Learned

I learned a very valuable lesson today: while people may not agree with you, each of us has an opportunity to share your voice, give your opinion and if you don’t, well, you missed your shot. And even if your voice is pushed down, discarded or just not heard, you...

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Who are our options, really?

Unless you live under a rock in the middle of no where in the United States, you have either seen, listened to or read something about the top 3 Republican candidates who are running to be elected the next President of the United States. And while I'm not an avid...

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Make it a great day!

This week I have a lot to reflect on. And thank you to all that reached out to me after reading Monday's Blog Post: You are not alone... It meant a lot to me and honestly, I have to say that while I have been on the giving end of that statement many times, being on...

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What you see may be deceiving

I had a great conversation with Jonathan Edwards yesterday afternoon. He is the host of an awesome Podcast, The Business Called You and he was recording an upcoming Podcast episode (stay tuned for an update). We talked about a lot of things in just 60 minutes but I...

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You are not alone…

It is with a heavy heart that I write this Blog post today. I received a call early this morning that I lost one of my cousins last night. She was young (only 49), the mother of 3 children and she took her own life a couple of days ago. While it was not a surprise to...

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Expecting the unexpected

How many times this week did you wish you had expected the unexpected?! In today's episode of Reflective Friday's I share a personal experience from earlier today. https://youtu.be/5ovVydKwE-M Life is, well, Life and it can throw you curve balls. The key question is...

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Who am I today?

Have you ever felt like you had a split personality? One minute you like being in a group but the next minute you feel claustrophobic and just want to escape? You have some close friends and have a lot of energy around them but if you are in a bigger crowd, your...

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Hold the Celebration

I was going through my newsfeed today (thank you www.Feedly.com) and I came across an article from Business Insider today titled: Meet the supermodel who is about to make history for Sports Illustrated. The gist of the story is a model who is considered plus-sized...

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Stuck in a rut?

In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays, I talk about getting out of your own way and how to gain momentum. Have you ever had a time when you felt stuck? When you felt you were spinning your wheels? I know I have so I wanted to share a few thoughts of what I do...

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Honest conversations

I'm going to take you back to Sunday morning. My husband is doing some quick grocery shopping and I'm with the 2 boys in the cafe, sipping some coffee while they are eating their bagels. We just left Lowe's to get some more wood for our Ninja Warrior course we are...

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One of those days…

Have you ever had one of those days where you had things set out to do and well, life happened? You didn't even get close to what you wanted to do that day. And you felt upset, aggravated or even defeated for not accomplishing what you had hoped...? Today was one of...

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How to live with Intention

In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays, I share a personal story about living with intention. https://youtu.be/xQDhde3h2so Sometimes it can feel like a struggle to make it through the day - especially when it feels like you have been thrown one or one hundred...

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Snow day

Ahhh, New England. Thanks to global warming I have had 60+ degree days in February and silly me, I was getting used to those... Well, I am reminded today of where I really live as the snow is here and falling and school has been officially closed. As an aside, I think...

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Just be Still

Every day is important - every theme is important, every step is important. But there are some that exist as the backbone of all the others -- and to me, the day - the theme- that may seem as frivolous to some is one of the most important. Treat yourself Thursday....

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The Opposite of Resistance

I am working on a project right now that I am super passionate about. Have you ever been involved in something that when you worked on it you lost track of time, experienced joy, felt so productive and just smiled while you were doing it? That's exactly how I feel....

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Where are your actions focused today?

I can honestly think of no better way to follow Mindset Monday -- the encouragement and reminder to set your mind on something you’re passionate about -- than to urge you to heed the call to rise up and take action! Taking action means being aware.  What is it you see...

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Mindset Mondays!

Welcome to Monday and to February 1st! The beginning of a month, the beginning of a week -- the beginning of a movement.  It’s with this mindset that I am delighted to invite you on a journey - a journey of self-reflection, self-discovery and growth. The idea is born...

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Getting out of your Comfort Zone

How many of you have set a goal for this year, next month (February starts on Monday...)? Does this goal excite you? Is it scary? Does it push you outside of what you are used to, i.e., out of your comfort zone? In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays I share my...

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