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Summer Memories Relived

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Since I was a young girl, I have truly lived for the summer. I’m a life-long Chicagoan and summers are hard won around here. The beautiful weather, the green surroundings, and the shedding of layers as we Chicagoans leave our caves to enjoy the world is a long awaited reward. When […]



Birthday Messages to People We Love

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Last month, I spent a weekend with seven of my dear friends. We were celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our traveling buddies. This particular friend started a tradition on our birthdays in which we go around the table and tell that friend what she means to us. This time, […]



What Exactly is Leadership and How is it Done Well?

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I try to limit my political discussions in this blog, but our current president has offered up a great opportunity to talk about the concept and the behavior around effective leadership. Let’s take our political viewpoints out of this, and instead focus on the lessons that might be learned by observing […]



Exercise as Punishment: How’s That Working For You?

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When I was a kid, I loved to ride my bike, run, tumble, swim, dance, play games in the yard, swing, climb on a swing set, and generally be in constant motion. Exercise was movement and it was joyful, exciting, and a reward for hard work done at school and throughout […]



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 […]