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I had a death in my family this week and have not had the capacity to write. Instead of a new intention, I thought I’d share a previous post about legacy and the power of love.

It’s sure to anchor your week and is one of my favorites.

Hug someone you love today and see you next week.


Why we can’t look away from a beautiful sunset

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

— Maya Angelou

Seeing the tributes to Maya Angelou’s life has been incredibly beautiful. Many people were touched and captivated by the news of her sunset on Wednesday.

And I’ve been amazed at the sheer volume of moving quotes seen online. The quote above is my favorite though I know I haven’t read them all.

Maya Angelou reminds us that one life has the power to touch many. She used her God given gifts to serve others and showered this world with blessings.

She also reminds us that ALL lives (no matter how great) come to an end. Her sunset shows us that our time to shine and serve is while we are still living.

The time to make your mark is now.

A legacy doesn’t start once a person dies. It is built throughout the days of their life. But it endures long after they’re gone.

Today is a great day to start thinking about your own legacy.

How beautiful will your sunset be?

Originally posted: May 29, 2014

 



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National Boss’s Day is later this week, which has me thinking about what makes a good boss or mentor. Is it how much they care about you? Is it how they make your life easier? Is it how they move your career forward?

While I’ve worked with and for many smart and kind people, it’s the leaders that significantly grew my skills that I remember most. These people are critical to realizing your dreams and you have to be deliberate in seeking them out.

This week’s intention

Whether you have a traditional boss or not, assessing your support and development team is something you should do every 6-12 months.

Ask yourself:

  • What specific skills are you trying to improve?
  • Are you learning from the people you work with regularly?
  • Is someone taking you under their wing and helping you raise your game to the next level?

My intention is to prioritize my development.

While supporting and growing others, you may have forgotten to prioritize your own development. But don’t wait a moment longer.

Take the time this week to consider the areas you want or need to grow in and create a targeted plan on how you are going to get there. Do you need to connect with experts in your field or ask someone to formally mentor you? Is it time to hire a career, business or leadership coach? Are there development conversations with your boss that you’ve been putting off?

Let these questions hold your attention and inspire your next steps.

See you soon!

 


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This week, I refreshed and updated my LinkedIn profile. I’m not looking for a new job, but I thought it was time that I took my own professional brand as seriously as I tell other people to.

Often we find ourselves working for others, giving them our best advice or helping them do something important, but not taking care of ourselves in the same way.

I’m certainly guilty of this and I bet you are too.

This week’s intention

What kind of help do other people seek you out for? Is it a specific expertise or task? Are you known to be comforting, supportive or encouraging to others? What are your gifts and are you sharing them with yourself?

This idea is not meant to limit what you give to others. By all means, keep giving your time and talents away. Just make sure you are not neglecting yourself in the process.

My intention is to use my gifts on myself.

Self care and service go hand and hand because one builds the capacity for the other.

For me, it was time to update my LinkedIn profile. Doing so, proved that I cared about growing my own network and attracting new connections. And my network matters, it empowers my life’s work.

Find one small thing you can do this week to prove to yourself that you and your work matter. Find a way to turn your gifts toward yourself.

See you soon!

 


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It’s a natural instinct to fight for the things you value most. So if you want to evaluate your priorities, it helps to take a look at your life to see what you’re protecting.

What are the things on your calendar that you will not move? Or rarely move? What do you set aside time for?

And what things have fallen into the nice to have or if you feel up to it bucket? What are the things you hope to do, but never seem to find the time for?

This week’s intention

Your challenge for this week is to identify something you want more of in your life AND to protect the time you set aside for it.

My intention is to guard time for the things I value.

Protect your time to be alone, time to rest, time in nature, time with loved ones, time to brainstorm and dream, or time to do something fun and silly. Whatever you’ve been craving, this is the week to figure out how and when you’ll treat yourself to it.

Learning to spend your time on the things you value is a critical step in pursuing your dreams. But this week, start small. Start with a bath. Start with a walk. Just start.

See you soon!

 


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This week, my goal is to share more of myself with you. We all want to be deeply known, but it is hard to share who we really are, especially in newer relationships.

Sharing who you are is a skill that can improve with practice, which is something I’ve been working on for almost a decade. I can assure you that it is worth the effort to let your true self come out more so you can better attract the people and life experiences you want.

This week’s intention

I wasn’t sure, what would be the best way to share more about who I am.

I could point you to my LinkedIn profile where I keep my business accomplishments or send you to the part of my website that shares my upbringing. My Instagram account shows bits of my personal life.

In the end, I decided that the best plan was to share this podcast interview. If you have time and interest, I’d be honored to have you listen. This interview reflects who I am, what I want for you, what I’m struggling with and a glimpse of what I’ve been through. As an introvert, sharing my life more broadly has not been an easy journey, but there is a greater purpose to it.

My intention is to share more of my true self with the people around me.

This week, I hope you will take the time to reflect on how you might share more of yourself with others. It’s fine if that is a slow process, but decide how you can get started.

We’ll talk more next week.


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Seeking a change in your work environment can take on many shapes and forms. There are challenging  job opportunities that will expand your understanding of yourself and the world around you. There are also safer, more comfortable jobs that affirm an important need for rest and peace.

The challenge of achieving a fulfilled work-life is to know which one aligns with your ever-changing circumstances and desires. But it’s hard to know what you really want.

This week’s intention

Are you craving a new adventure?  OR Are you worn out and drained?

Do you want to shake things up in your life? OR  Are you hoping for time to catch your breath?

My intention is to access my true needs.

Let these questions sit in your heart this week. Ask yourself: in what direction are you being pulled? Do you want to speed up your pace of growth or do you need to slow down and recharge? Are you ready for a change?

Pray, journal, mediate and reflect. Take the time to access your true needs. More on this next week.


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I hope you are enjoying the long Labor Day weekend.

Instead of a post this week, I sent out my Fall 2019 Newsletter.

Our theme for this season centers on the power of possibility – how to evaluate what you have and decide where you want to go next

Each section is meant to help you reflect and steer your work-life toward new and meaningful goals.

Click here to sign up and get started. I’ll see you next week with a new intention.

 


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Journaling has become a practice that grounds and blesses me. Sometimes I go back and read words that my former self found important and I always seem to find those old hopes and intentions at just the perfect time.

Our intention this week is inspired by a post made almost a year ago. It was clearly a time when I was dreading the start of school and my work travel season. For me, and for many of us, the fall brings a new level of business.

This week’s intention

This week, I hope you will stay mindful of the gift that each day holds and trust that you are capable and prepared. I hope that you will ease into whatever this next season of life is about to bring you.

My intention is ease into this next season.

Spend this last week of August placing this intention deep in your heart when you meditate and pray.

See you next week!

 


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Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.

– Adam Hochschild

I’ve been having a hard time staying focused lately. I can’t tell if I’m tried or distracted so I’m trying to disconnect more and solve both problems.

This week’s intention

I’ll be short this week and just leave you to think about what, if anything, might be distracting you from your purpose. Is it fatigue? Is it obligation? Is it a lack of inspiration?

My intention is to identify distractions.

No need to fix anything. Just think about it.

I’ll see you next week.

 


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“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

                                                                               -Heraclitus

A few years ago, I heard the quote above in a graduation ceremony. I’ve said it over and over in my mind since first hearing it.

It’s been a simple reminder that life is constantly changing around me and within me.

This week’s intention

Summer is slipping away and changes are coming whether we want them or not. I’d rather embrace them and I hope you will too.

This week, ask yourself what you want to change in your life, if anything?

My intention is to welcome change.

Journal on these three questions:

  • How is the world around me changing for the better?
  • How will this year have changed who I am?
  • What impact am I having on the people around me?

Spend this week in reflection and prayer and try your best to enjoy these fleeting summer days. See you next week.



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WORKING WHOLE: How to Unite Your Spiritual Beliefs and Your Work to Live Fulfilled 

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