It’s early June, and I’m enjoying the first few beautiful days of summer. I finally did the spring yard cleanup, and I am sitting in the hammock in the backyard, the sun warming my skin, listening to the birds chirp. I’m facing the side of my house, which was built in 1908 and which I … Continue reading Exactly the way it is
Have you ever felt truly seen by another human being? It can be an amazing experience, even if you feel it just one time. Some may have a friend or a partner who offers this feeling regularly. But have you ever been in a room full of more than 100 people, and felt the whole … Continue reading The Splendor of Recognition
I was taught at a very young age that my thoughts and feelings were not relevant. There was no space in my alcoholic family for me to express what was hurting me, and to ask for something better. When I left my home at 18 to go across the country and study computer science at … Continue reading Taking Up Space
I’ve been through several kinds of career transitions. I’ve changed companies, I’ve changed disciplines within an industry, I’ve left an industry altogether, and I’ve moved from being a cog in a large corporate environment to a small business owner and entrepreneur. Transitions are such a fertile time for growth, and a great time to revisit … Continue reading Don’t Update Your Résumé
I was 37 years old, married mom of 2 children under 6, living in a beautiful 4-bedroom craftsman on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs. I had worked at Microsoft for a little more than 5 years, and had worked in the technology for more than 10 years. And then one day, just a regular Monday … Continue reading Finding my Path
According to legend, the Buddha used to illustrate his teaching method by holding a small bird in his hand. To take off and fly, a bird has to push off with its legs. The Buddha would keep the bird from flying away by dropping his hand as the bird pushed off, so that the bird … Continue reading Something to Push Off of
I grew up playing soccer and softball, so from age 5 to age 22, I have pretty consistently been coached in that context. I have had some good coaches, who built me up and helped me to feel confident; and some not so good ones, where I felt I was fighting with them every step … Continue reading Soccer coach or Life Coach?