Birth Your Dream

Birth is as safe as life gets. – Harriette Hartigan On Sunday I gave birth to my first child. He weighed 10 lbs, 7 oz and I delivered him 100% naturally. I am very proud of that. Someday I will detail all that went into making this lifelong dream a reality. Until then, needless to say, there was a lot involved. Rationally I knew that giving birth was just the first step in parenting, but there was […]

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PREPARE To Be Free

Freedom is never given; it is won. -A. Philip Randolph What do you think of this quote? In the last few weeks I have had to fight for my freedom and have learned just how true this concept is. As a self-employed American with wonderful clients, I usually don’t have to suffer from basic trials like other people’s rules and schedules. It may be that I take this freedom for granted, and like so many things, […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Joumor Coach

The other night I watched Pumping Iron, a 1977 documentary about bodybuilders, focused on Arnold Schwarzenegger. This Joumorous quote by Arnold struck me: “The body isn’t used to lifting nine, ten, eleven, twelve reps…that makes the body grow- going through this certain pain period. Experiencing pain in your muscles, aching…those last two or three or four repetitions that’s actually what makes the muscle grow. That’s what divides a champion from not being a champion- if […]

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“Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There.”

My older sister was an emergency room nurse for many years. She mentioned to me recently that they used this motto in the ER to train staff and I felt like my brain flipped upside-down- “Waaaaiiit, don’t you mean the opposite…?” but then I understood it. It’s actually a super Joumorous motto referring to the dangers of hastily taking action without taking the time to get a complete grasp of the situation. Although most of […]

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How to Prepare for Change

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” Hugh Prather Sometimes we are creating change intentionally, sometimes it is happening around us. No matter the details, change…changes things. Whether or not we are actively desiring or creating change, one thing is sure: it can feel exhausting and overwhelming, even if it’s good. Recently a very diligent CEO Rise client wrote to me, “I’m actually sick. This is very rare, but […]

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This One Thing Is Surprisingly Sexy…

I’m tempted to have you guess what this one surprisingly sexy thing is…. But I’ll tell you: The one thing is…being organized with your time! Some of you might argue that that’s not a juicy answer. But you deniers probably won’t be organized enough to write back and tell me that. Heh heh. Being a good Time Planner is one of the sexiest things you can do. Why? Let me explain. Some things are famously sexy: […]

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