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Can Earth Mama Still Assert Herself?

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A few weeks ago I was leading a women’s assertiveness class with a fabulous group of women. In the class we practice assertive behavioral and verbal skills both personally and professionally. The women in the class were highly accomplished professionals, yet still struggle with asserting themselves and leading their teams. One […]



Modeling Friendships for our Daughters

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A friend asked me to write about the topic of female friendships. She noticed that most of her female friends are telling their daughters how to be good friends, yet not modeling those behaviors themselves. It’s an interesting, yet disappointing point of view and one that I see frequently. Ultimately, our […]



Parenting Snapshots: Keepers or Not?

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As I head into my last year of having a child living full-time in my home, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking back on so many parenting moments. Sometimes I’m melancholy and sometimes gleeful, yet I try to think of the parenting snapshots I’d really like to hold on […]



It’s True In My Mind

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During a recent coaching session with one of my fabulous clients, I asked her how true the story was that she was telling herself. She responded with, “It’s true in my mind.” It was such a wise and brilliant response that I stopped for a minute. Sometimes it’s easy from the […]



The Most Spectacular Yoga Story Yet

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If you’ve been reading my blog posts, you know that I’ve become slightly obsessed with yoga, particularly hot yoga. I’ve had a series of interesting yoga adventures that have both humbled and invigorated me. However, last week I outdid myself in a yoga class. It will be a class that I’ll […]



Wonder Woman

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A few weeks ago, I saw the Wonder Woman movie. I’m not a huge superhero fan, but I couldn’t resist a movie directed by a woman with a mostly female cast. Did I mention it was a cast of badass, powerful, smart, and loving women? For most of my fifty-five years […]



College Tips from a Seasoned Mom

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My third child has started the college search as he moves into his senior year of high school. I’ve done the college search with two other children and thus consider myself somewhat of a seasoned expert on the topic. With that hubris in mind, I thought I’d share a few tips […]



The Mean Girls

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A few weeks ago, I gave a talk to a group of executive women. There were about twenty women in the room and they were all considered “high potentials” for their company. They were very smart and very successful and one of the toughest crowds I’ve had in awhile.

Two of […]



Work/Life Balance? What Are We Really Striving For?

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So many of the women I know tell me they are looking for more balance in their lives. They feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and scattered in a million directions. Most of them feel as if they aren’t doing a good job either at home or at work, and thus are always feeling […]



Father’s Day

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This weekend is Father’s Day. I like this day because I enjoy honoring my wonderful father and my husband, the father of my children. I’ve been blessed with fabulous men in my life from my father, husband, brother, and loving uncles to mentors and educators who supported me and celebrated my […]