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    5 Ways To Support Others’ Dreams

    On December 30th we received a new family member - such a great sign of new beginnings.New life. All hopes and dreams lie ahead. Full of possibility.There is nothing right now to get in the way of little David dreaming and creating the future he will end up wanting for himself.What gets in the way of us chasing our dreams?   Read More...

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    Communicating Without Assumptions

    My rug and my cabinet exterior are both made from recycled soda bottles. Many of my choices are fueled by my desire to live more environmentally friendly.So?So, when I was shopping last week and the lady after me in line at the grocery store got my attention to say “You know, it’s a small thing but you really should be using cloth bags!” it really pushed my buttons!I felt a compulsion to explain, justify, make her realize that she had no idea who she was saying that to.Of course I use cloth bags...  Read More...

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    6 Ways To Increase Personal Work Engagement

    Often when we talk about engagement in the workplace, it is a conversation about how employers can encourage a higher level in their employees. There are massive studies around this topic and how disengagement correlates to more sick time, accidents, etc. Gallup has done phenomenal amounts of work around this topic and has come up with the top 12 items that support engagement.   Read More...

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    Why 2 Thanksgivings Aren’t Enough!

    Being a Canadian living in the States I get 2 Thanksgivings. Life is good! (I don’t even eat turkey :) )As Bill and I create our dream together we have so much to be grateful for.   Read More...

  • Increasing Your Self-Awareness

    “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”― Lao TzuLately I’ve had the pleasure of having conversations with both family members and friends about their Myers-Briggs or StrengthsFinder results. The use of assessments is not the only way to increase one’s self-awareness but it’s a fun one!Partly the assessment gives you time to reflect and agree or disagree with statements in the tool about you.These kinds of tools can be used well and bring a lot of understanding and acc...  Read More...

  • Top Five Leadership Qualities

    There are people that just stand out as different from the crowd. Sometimes for good reasons, sometimes, not so good.What is it that makes people get noticed? What leads people to getting promoted?   Read More...

  • Chasing Your Dream

    Isn’t it interesting that we call going after a big goal or vision “a dream”?Well, it can feel surreal. The details on how you got there can be vague. To others and to yourself, at times, it can feel less than logical.When we look at people after they have achieved their dream we can be jealous, we can minimize what it took them to get there or we can be inspired.Here’s the thing, most realized “dreams” come with a lot of work, plenty of disappointments, pain,...  Read More...

  • Note to Self

    As part of the International Coach Federation Greater Austin chapter I have the opportunity to hear amazing speakers, often! Last night was one of our own, an amazing lady, Carolyn Scarborough. She is a writing coach helping people unleash their creativity.   Read More...

  • Enriching Your Soil

    My garden teaches and illustrates many of life’s lessons for me. Today I want to focus on the importance of rich soil. Obviously this blog is not about gardening but the garden sure highlights some great principles.These two images are of the same plant, same seed but what a dramatic difference!There may be some other minor factors contributing but the two main differences between these two are 1) the soil and 2) regular watering.Let’s talk about soil.   Read More...

  • How to Become a Hero

    Over the last week, after the awe of the eclipse Texas has experienced the trauma of Hurricane Harvey.Many of our friends and family have been really impacted but all are safe, what a gift!It has been inspiring to watch the rescue efforts and to watch people gearing up to help for the very long next phase of rebuilding.Just like in the recently released movie Dunkirk, a historical account of how everyday people stepped in to rescue with their own boats, we are seeing ordinary people going door t...  Read More...

  • Leveraging the Benefits of Fresh Starts

    Growing up in an Air Force family I got to move more than many of you reading this. It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood though that I noticed the phenomenon that I want to share about today.When you move somewhere new and no one knows you, a couple opportunities present themselves.You get a fresh start. A chance to choose how you want to show up - to redefine yourself and how people will experience you.   Read More...

  • Blasting Through Barriers to Change

    We live in a world where looking at the positive is more “in” than ever. I’m a believer. Gratefulness, seeing the glass half full, ‘reframing’; these are all good things.There is a trap though that we can fall in to.   Read More...

  • Break Free From These 3 Time Stealers

    As is often the case for business owners, naming my business required a lot of wrestling. Capacity Building Coaching is about helping clients build their own personal capacity - with better emotional spaces, improved thinking, healthier habits, increased assertiveness and better strategy. It’s also about increasing the capacity of your business and team by doing all of these same things at both the individual level and at the group level.One big component to increased capacity is more strategic ...  Read More...

  • Friendship

    I am an “Air Force Brat”. By the time I was 5 I had lived in a few countries. My family moved less than many military families, thankfully, but I still learned to pack up and move on.Some of that was bad and I had to unlearn.   Read More...

  • Getting Comfortable With You

    I just had the privilege of being interviewed on Ms Entrepreneur. It was really enjoyable but also a chance to practice great self-talk and self-compassion.The amazing host, Janie, made the interview so enjoyable. A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the radio and that was a bit of a stretch for me.   Read More...

  • Paths to Independence

    As a Canadian living in the USA I get to celebrate Canada Day July 1 and Independence Day July 4. I’m intrigued by both the parallels and the differences those two celebrations have.Wikipedia has great little summaries:“On July 1 1867, at noon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada were proclaimed the Dominion of Canada, with John A. MacDonald its first prime minister.   Read More...

  • The Power of Storytelling

    It is summer and the perfect time to sit by the water with a great book. There is nothing like getting lost in a great novel.Last night I had the privilege of hearing Geri England, a coach from Dallas, TX, talk about the power of storytelling. It was a great evening with fellow Austin coaches, telling each other stories and having our stories heard.This is a gift both of my boys have, asking for stories.   Read More...

  • The Blame Game

    There are key ingredients, traits, outlooks, that enable some people to grow from feedback and personal insight and others to regress.You know some of the people that regress - they get defensive when someone points out something. They are experts at pointing the finger at multiple other people and circumstances to explain why it is not their fault. They always have a reason for why things went wrong and that reason is never their own mistake or shortcoming.You don’t have to be very old to...  Read More...

  • Creative Stress Releases

    Often one of the hardest questions I ask clients is to name the top 10 things that refresh them or “fill their tank” back up.It is rare to have someone be able to rattle off 10. Some, even with lots of encouragement, have a hard time doing so.Depending on whether you are an introvert or extrovert, what refreshes you may look drastically different. Then of course each of us is unique.What do most of us share?   Read More...

  • Diversity and Support

    Likely you would all agree that you want to be supportive to your friends and family. Me too. We want to encourage them in their endeavors, listen to their dreams and disappointments, celebrate with them and love them how they most enjoy being loved.This is a time in world history when we talk so openly about embracing diversity.   Read More...

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