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I didn’t enjoy when people asked me to help work on their resumes. Friends asked often and it became a burden to find time to work on them all.

At least that’s what I told myself.

But honestly, I can work on a resume quite easily; it doesn’t take me much time at all. I’m not sure why I felt so much hesitation to do it.

It’s funny how the talents that come easiest to us are often the hardest to give away.

This community is for those navigating the intersection of spiritual life and business – two things that often seem in conflict with each other.

How do you balance making money with getting paid in love, respect and legacy?

Should you work to support those who need you most or those who can afford it?

These are real and constant dilemmas as we work to bring our full spiritual selves into our work lives. And there are no easy or simple answers.

This week’s intention

It’s hard to figure out how much of your time and labor to give away for free. This is especially compounded if you run a business of your own.

So this week, we are going to focus on this dilemma and how you craft an answer for yourself. There are no exercises but just a few questions to spend the week reflecting on.

Think about your gifts and your livelihood:

  • Should you be sharing your talents for free? If so, which ones?
  • How much is enough?
  • How much is too much?
  • Is money the main way you feel compensated for your time? If not, what other things bring you value?
  • What do you think is expected of you based on your spiritual beliefs?
  • Do you want to change your behavior in any way?

These are hard questions so take your time. See you next week!


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We all want to be of service. We want to make a difference.

Yet service can seem like an out of reach goal that is only achieved through long hours of volunteering and great sacrifices.

But it isn’t the enormous undertaking we tend to think of. Service is a spiritual decision to use our lives to improve the experiences of others and it doesn’t have to feel like work.

This week’s intention

Last week, we focused on sparking new thoughts and starting the journey out of a rut.

This week, I want to stay on the idea of new experiences, but focus specifically on reminding ourselves how much impact we can have on the world.

My intention is to serve others and create new thoughts.

Below are 10 easy ways to serve this week in 5 minutes or less. Choose a few and set a goal to get them done. Journal about the thoughts they spark in you.

  1. Tell someone a joke. Laughter is good for the heart.
  2. Save someone from a work conversation they aren’t enjoying. “Hey I hate to interrupt, but can I borrow you for two minutes”.
  3. Contact an elected official via social media to quickly advocate for a cause you believe in.
  4. Actually take your reusable bags or coffee cup into the store with you.
  5. Text someone a specific compliment. (e.g. “I admire the work you do.”)
  6. Plant something.
  7. Pray for someone.
  8. Make a small unrestricted online donation to a grassroots charity you believe in.
  9. Teach someone something. Anything.
  10. Give someone your undivided attention.

It is often the smallest actions that point us in a new direction. Before you can make your next career steps, it helps to remind yourself that you have the power to change someone else’s world. This will help you discern how you want to use it.

See you next week!


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My youngest son turned 15 last week. He inspires me by the way he welcomes each new year with fresh excitement. His joy is the opposite of being stuck in a rut.

I’ve counseled hundreds of people that feel stuck in their careers. They know that they aren’t experiencing the anticipation for life that they once had, but they have no idea how to move forward.

I tell them to start by simply sparking new thoughts.

This week’s intention

I’m sure you’ve seen this quote before:

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” –Lao Tzu

The quote illustrates how our thoughts lead us to the outcomes in our lives. Yet often when we feel stuck in a rut, we seek to free ourselves by immediately making changes to our actions or habits, without first doing the work to change our thoughts.

My intention is to rekindle my connection to joy and spark new thoughts.

This week, I want you to try one or more of the activities below. Each one will help shape your thinking and help get you going in a new direction.

  1. Be still and quiet. Notice that I didn’t say pray. Prayer is speaking to God. Stillness is allowing time to listen.
  2. Cook for someone. Sure you can eat some too, but cook with the intention of serving and nourishing another. Any recipe will do.
  3. Spend time with children. There is something about a child’s energy that neutralizes defeat and rekindles possibility.
  4. Find art that moves you. I consider my favorite books to be masterpieces. They remind me that humans are capable of beautiful and extraordinary work. Sometimes I really need that reminder.
  5. Take up someone else’s cause. We all have struggles that are unique to our position in life. Help someone else with theirs. Embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  6. Help someone in the way that only you can. If you aren’t sure what that is yet, refer to #1 on this list.

More on new experiences next week!


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I don’t know about you, but I’m not a saint.

When I look across my life, despite an enormous amount of grace and joy, there are things I regret. I’ve hurt people and, at times, failed to be the person I thought I was.

But that’s not my whole story, and I hope it won’t be my legacy.

I’ve also loved deeply. I’ve been fiercely loyal. I’ve encouraged and protected. And I am working to use my life to help you find greater meaning in yours. That is the legacy I am trying to build.

What legacy are you working to build?

This week’s intention

People are a complex mix of good and bad. All the things we do (and have done) are part of who we are. It has taken me time (almost 40 years) to be at peace with that. I’ve worked to forgive some of my past faults and focus instead on my current actions.

My intention is to point my actions toward the legacy I want to leave.

“Legacy” appears as just a word, but embedded in that word are a bunch of questions.

  • What will I use my skills and talents for?
  • How will my life make a difference?
  • Who will I serve?
  • How do I want to be remembered?

This week, I want you to sit with these questions. Pray and journal on your ideal answers to them. It’s OK if you don’t know the answers yet, but asking the questions will awaken your journey.

Wishing you a peaceful week. See you soon!


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I’m grateful for this long weekend because I’ve been really tired. And getting more rest is the only thing that can help.

Feeling uninspired, however, is not the same thing. It depletes our energy and motivation in similar ways, but it shows up in our life and work differently.

So are you tired or uninspired?

TIRED

UNINSPIRED

  • “I wonder if anyone would notice if I got 15 minutes of sleep here at my desk.”
  • “I wish I wasn’t here today. All I can think about is laying in my bed and watching TV.”
  • “I keep trying to work, but the light from the screen is giving me a headache.”
  • “Wow, have I been on this site for two hours? I can’t get anything done today.”
  • “Where did I put my keys? Not again!”
  • “I’ve been staring at my keys for the last hour. Is it time to go yet?”
  • “God, please give me the strength to get through this commute and get some rest tonight.”
  • “God, please give me the strength to come back in here tomorrow. I need the money.”

This week’s intention

You go to work regardless of how you feel about it. You have bills and responsibilities.

But staying in an uninspiring job will take a toll on you physically. It creates the illusion that you are constantly tired, when you are actually sad, frustrated, drained and in need of distractions.

Bad jobs steal our energy and squash the very motivation we need to get out there and find better opportunities for ourselves.

My intention is to honestly assess my work life.

This week, I want you to be honest with yourself about the state of your work life. Take out your journal and answer the following questions:

  • How often do I feel tired at work?
  • Do I actually need more rest or is this job draining me?
  • What is stopping me from seeking new opportunities – energy, fear or motivation?

Spend this week reflecting and praying for clarity. You can’t fix your work life until you see it clearly. If you are tired, you need to be proactive about finding more time for rest. If you are uninspired, you need to get ready to seek something new.

That’s enough for now, just assess what you truly need. See you next week!



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Over the weekend, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We didn’t have a fancy dinner, but instead took a long road trip filled with lots of conversation and laughter.

And it was time well spent.

Anniversaries give us a time to honor the important milestones in our lives.

We could let these days pass by unmarked, but by celebrating them, we refresh our gratitude.

This week’s intention

Here are 3 anniversaries you may not be celebrating now, but should consider. Each one has an impact on your life and work.

  • The day you gave up something that wasn’t serving you anymore. Was it an unhealthy attachment to someone? A compulsion to outspend your means? Was it a vice you were numbing yourself with? A job you hated? A life that wasn’t authentic? Either way, at one time this thing had a hold on you. And now it doesn’t.
  • The day you met a teacher that changed your life. They may have been your boss, a colleague or a former mentor. They may have been someone you didn’t even like or someone that hurt your feelings. But if they came into your life and left you forever stronger or wiser, you should celebrate it.
  • The day your spiritual connection became real. This is the day you went from “hoping” there was more to your life than the daily grind to finding your path to contentment and joy. This is the day your heart expanded and the earliest seeds of peace, gratitude and service started growing in your life. This day changed everything.

My intention is to be grateful for my life’s journey.

Pick a day this week to celebrate one of these important milestones.

This doesn’t have to be an outward celebration. Truthfully, nobody other than you even needs to know about it. But make the day special in some way – wear your favorite outfit, treat yourself to a prayer outside, add an extra meditation, do an invigorating workout or a sneak away for a long peaceful lunch break.

Happy anniversary and see you next week!


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What does discipline mean to you?

Does the word scare you or fill you with shame?

For many of us, it does.

But my definition of discipline is a belief in the unlimited human potential to grow and evolve. We are all disciplined, whether we know it or not.

Being disciplined means we have the ability to align our habits in the human world with what our soul desires. While many people associate discipline with rigidity (or willpower), it is more closely correlated with the gentle flexibility to change.

Discipline allows us to find, follow, and grow into future work callings that are beyond our present capabilities.

New dreams need discipline to flourish.

So what does discipline mean to you? Is it something you think you have or lack? Could you imagine yourself changing into someone that was highly disciplined?

This week’s intention

Our spiritual belief in discipline shifts our focus from who we have been to who we can be.

We spent the last two week’s identifying actions that would bring more joy into our work days. But to actually change our habits (even in small ways) we will need discipline.

My intention is to embrace discipline as a sacred path to connect with my soul.

So this week, I want you to start by thinking about your relationship with discipline. If you already have a copy of Working Whole, revisit the Discipline chapter and be sure to do the exercises.

Either way, spend this week reflecting on discipline. Journal and pray to reveal the barriers that block your ability to change.

  • Do you believe you can?
  • Do you think discipline plays a role in your spiritual practice?
  • How does discipline impact your work life?

Write, pray, and meditate on discipline daily. We’ll come back to this more next week. See you then!


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This is a Part II in a series on joy.

If you spent last week thoroughly imagining and journaling on your perfect day, or a series of perfect days, then you are ready to jump right in.

If not, you can find last week’s post here. Start with that exercise first.

This week’s intention

Your goal for this week is to take your perfect day(s), break it down into pieces and look for ways to incorporate small parts of those days into your regular life.

My intention is to bring more joyful experiences into my days.

The more detailed you made your perfect day, the more you will have to work with, but let’s consider a short example I received from social media.

A day at the beach with no pressure, a great book, some great sunblock and a refreshing drink.

So let’s break this down a little more and see what experiences bring them joy:

  • Creating a slower pace
  • Feeling no pressure to be anywhere
  • Being outside
  • Being in the sun
  • Being near the ocean
  • Feeling the warm air
  • Feeling the breeze
  • Sitting and relaxing
  • Reading, so not talking
  • Reading, so not thinking or planning other things
  • Reading something that interests them
  • Taking care of their skin/body
  • Enjoying a tasty and refreshing drink
  • Taking time to notice how much they’re enjoying the drink
  • Taking time to do only what they want to be doing
  • Being fully in control of their time

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If you fully completed last week’s exercise, you will have a lot more to breakdown and work with. In doing so, imagine how you might take a few of the items from your list and start incorporating them into your regular life.

For the example above, ideas may be:

  • Getting to the ocean isn’t something they can do frequently, but sitting still and relaxing is.
  • Going outside is possible most days.
  • Reading a book is something they can do at lunchtime.
  • Having more unscheduled time is possible if they plan for it and say “no” more.

Work on doing your own breakdown this week. You don’t have to start making any changes just yet, but start creating lists and thinking about what might be possible.

We’ll take the last step next week. See you then!


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Today is one of those unbelievably gorgeous spring days – it’s perfect. The birds are singing. There’s a steady warm breeze. It is sunny, but not hot. The flowers and trees are blooming and you can’t help but feel the renewal in the air.

A day like today is rare. But it reminds me of all the things in nature that bring me joy. And I work to spot them even in less perfect weather. Sometimes it’s still sunny, but cold. Or the flowers are still blooming, but it’s hot and humid. Later this week, the steady breeze will stay, but also give way to spring showers.

Exploring perfect days helps us discover the many things that spark joy.

This week’s intention

In nature, I have to wait and hope for good weather. But in our work lives, we have the opportunity to craft better days simply from knowing what things bring us joy in other areas of our life.

So this week, I have only one question for you to explore:

What would your perfect day(s) look like?

The purpose of imagining the details of your perfect day is to know what experiences bring you joy so you can seek to move closer to ideal whenever possible (more on this next week).

For now, grab your journal and spend the entire week exploring your UNIQUELY perfect day. If needed create more than one day, but make sure each day fills you with the same level of excitement simply from thinking about it.

My intention is to explore what brings me joy.

Your perfect day:

  • Would it be scheduled, unscheduled, or a mix of both?
  • Would you be at home or somewhere else in the world?
  • Who is with you and when are they with you?
  • What would you wear?
  • What time would you get up?
  • What would you eat for breakfast?
  • How would you spend your morning?
  • Would you exercise?
  • Would you check the news?
  • Would you listen to an audiobook or a podcast?
  • Would you pray or meditate?
  • Would you drive?
  • Would you walk anywhere?
  • What would you eat for lunch?
  • What activities would you fit into your afternoon?
  • Would you take a nap?
  • How much time would you spend outside?
  • Who cooked your meals?
  • Would you watch anything on TV?
  • Would you choose to read a book?
  • Would you go to work?
  • Are there topics you’d love to talk to people about?
  • How do you want to feel?
  • Would you scroll through social media?
  • Would you post about your day?
  • What would you choose to think about?
  • Would there be music?
  • What would you have for dinner?
  • Would you have dessert?
  • What would you do between dinner and bedtime?
  • Would you choose to touch anyone?
  • Would your surroundings be neat and organized or properly disordered?
  • What time would you fall asleep?

Have fun planning and see you next week!


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Are these questions familiar?

They should be.

These were our weekly reflection questions in the month of December. They were the questions we used to look back on the year, soon ending, and prepare for a fresh start in 2019.

1/3 of 2019 is over

2/3 of the year remains

How would you answer these questions right now, looking at the first third of your year? Have you stayed on track with the things you wanted to manifest?

This week’s intention

For the next seven days, I want you to journal and reflect on the promises you made to yourself (if any) at the end of last year, how you’ve grown in the last four months, and any adjustments needed as you keep creating this sacred and beautiful year of your life.

Pause. Assess. Reflect.

I’ll be doing this exercise right along with you and would love to hear how it is going.

See you next week!


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