How long will you wait, 10 years like I did?

Pipe dreams - something you'd love to do, have or experience, but that feels impossible or impractical.

We all have them.

Maybe yours is something grand like moving to a tropical island and living in a glass bottom bungalow.

Or maybe it's simply having a day to yourself, free from any work, home or parenting responsibilities.

Mine was moving to California.

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When life takes an unexpected turn

Last month as we were leaving for our vacation to Maui, I looked forward to doing nothing but relaxing and de-stressing. 

I imagined seven whole days of lounging on the beach, napping, reading, and maybe playing an occasional game of beach volleyball. 

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Get what you want without making New Year's resolutions

Do you want to accomplish big things but have zero interest in making resolutions? Have you already made some resolutions but don't feel inspired by them anymore?

For me, resolutions feel restrictive, like a constant reminder of what I don't like about myself or my life.

So for the past few years, I've been choosing a THEME instead.

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Which camp are you in?

Have you noticed that around this time of year, there are generally two camps of people – those who are excited to plan and set goals for the new year and those who go about their day business as usual?

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When a frenemy sabotaged me and my work

Do you spend days working and re-working something creative (whether it be your blog post, book, video, invention, business idea, art or music) only to want to start all over again?
Does it feel like it’s never good enough?
This was the merry-go-round I used to ride on when I confused excellence with perfectionism.

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Tired of feeling stuck on your creative project?

Have you been thinking about a creative project lately? If so, you’re not alone. It’s finally spring here, and with the energy of rebirth and growth that comes along with it, you’re probably feeling an extra burst of inspiration.

This means now is the perfect time to take action and put your creative project into motion.

Here’s the thing about inspiration, though - it can quickly fade and be replaced by overwhelm and inaction if we’re not mindful.

That’s because pursuing something new scares the part of us that’s designed to keep us safe.

Don’t let it take you eight months, too…

Wanna hear something crazy? The online workshop I held last Saturday took me eight months to prepare.

Eight months sounds like reasonable prep time for a week-long or even weekend-long event, but my workshop lasted a little over half an hour.

To be honest, what took up most of that time wasn’t creating the actual content or figuring out the technology piece. What took so long was getting over my mental blocks.

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The unexpected life lesson I almost missed out on

I just got back from a last minute trip to the east coast to see my dad after he was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, his condition has stabilized and he’s now recovering. This was the first time either of my parents have been seriously ill, and to be honest, it was tough.

Thinking about my dad lying in the hospital bed, I felt scared and helpless.

I wanted to drop everything and just sit by his side to show him that I love and support him.

And for days, I did.

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What do you want that you're afraid to share?

Ever notice how kids don’t hesitate to let you know what they want? Whenever my three-year-old niece feels the urge to eat or listen to Let It Go for the umpteenth time, she makes it known to everyone within earshot.

I admire how babies and toddlers express their needs so freely.

It’s a skill we lose touch with the older we get, and for some of us, by the time we’re full-fledged “adults,” we hold back from sharing what we want completely.

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