Self-Giving while Care-Giving

Posted by on Nov 10, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Self-Giving while Care-Giving

“Put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist others with theirs.” How many times have we heard that from flight attendants before take-off? How often do we honestly do that in our relationships with others? Many of us, especially women, are known for giving to others; people are honored for being “selfless”. We need to listen to the flight attendants folks! It’s not a badge of honor to give everything to others and leave nothing for ourselves. If we focus all our time and energy on others, we become depleted, affecting mood, physical health, psychological well-being, mental acuity...

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The Gift

Posted by on Jun 10, 2023 in Blog, Uncategorized | 8 comments

The Gift

Below is the speech I had the pleasure of giving at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding on June 9, 2023. The name Matthew means “Gift of God”.  When our son Matt was young, Bill and I often wondered what to do with the energetic and enthusiastic gift we were given, but over the years his many gifts became apparent.   Matt is a charming, thoughtful, sentimental and insightful person. At 8 or 9, he said, “Mom, I know why you had me–you had to learn how to be with boys again” and he was right!  I grew up with 4 sweet brothers and had to readjust after having two wonderful daughters. Matt...

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Engagement in a Post-COVID World

Posted by on Apr 5, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Engagement in a Post-COVID World

My son was recently engaged to a wonderful woman, which got me thinking about engagement and what it means to be engaged. A marital engagement is defined as “a commitment or pledge to bind yourself to another”.  It isn’t an engagement unless both parties say yes to the other. My son had to choose her; she had to choose him; it was a two-way, mutual decision to commit to each other. Employee engagement is a big topic in the world of work, and the post-COVID world has made it harder to fully engage with others because of hybrid work schedules, virtual meetings, and rarely, if ever being...

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Having “IT” All

Posted by on Aug 2, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Having “IT” All

When I asked a coaching client what she wanted to focus on in our work together, she replied, “Everyone says you can have it all, but I’m not sure how to do that.” My response was “Have you defined what IT is for you?” Trying to have IT all has been a common challenge for decades, especially with working parents. The global pandemic has increased the choices and challenges of where to live, how and where to work, how to spend time, and where one derives satisfaction. I was deep in this struggle around the age of 35-trying to juggle home, friends, family, and my passion for work and volunteer...

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Forging Your Own Path

Posted by on Oct 7, 2021 in Blog | 2 comments

Forging Your Own Path

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.”  –Bill Bullard Three recent incidents have me thinking about what it takes to forge your own path: My goddaughter started college.My grandson started kindergarten.An acquaintance asked if I was ready to start dating because she had “someone in mind for me”. (The answer is no!) We all experience new chapters in our full lives – not sure where we’re going or how it...

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