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Life In Transition? It Doesn't Have to Suck

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“In creating, the only hard thing to do is begin.” James Russell Lowell

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Life Isn't Certain. Simple Steps to Finding Your Courage

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If you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting.” Elizabeth Gilbert

On the weekend when a long-time friend shared he struggles with procrastination in his career because of fear, I was astonished. Why? Because what I see is a man who has risen to the top of his field in the animation film industry. Moving from one well-established company, including Disney, to another I would never have suspected he f…

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What Does Courage Mean To You?

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When you hear the word courage, does your mind turn to Hollywood movies? Big moments that require a fearless effort by a hero or heroine? That definition is old and tired.

Courage is so much more than running into a burning building to save someone or a battleground scene. Most of us will never do something so grand. And yet, courage is found in other ways.

Courage is found in the conversations you have, the actions you take to tend your health or your relationships.

And where does courage st…

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The Link Between Resilience, Life Satisfaction and Happiness

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Resilience isn’t about bouncing back from something; it is about growing through and beyond.

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Your Mindset Impacts Your Writing

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Have you ever thought about your evolution as a writer and what mindset you're operating from?

Psychologist Carol Dweck researches and writes about mindset, specifically the fixed and growth mindsets, and I only just put together how these impact us as writers. You see, in a fixed mindset, you gravitate to easy, or what comes “naturally”. Which means you find the topics that are easiest to write about. Which is fine, you can write a lot about what is easy, but do you really grow your skil…

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Your Calling is Calling

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Are you paying attention?

When did you know you were a writer?” The podcast interviewer asked me.

I chuckled before answering.

“Even though I started writing stories when I was a child, I never thought of myself as a “writer”. The first hints happened when I overheard a work manager say how much she was struggling to write a memo. It was then I realized writing was never hard for me.  I suppose you could say that’s when I realized that I had some writing skills. It took a few more decades bef…

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Are You Breaking These Quoting Rules?

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I read something today that made me laugh, and sadly that was not the intention of the quote. I’m sure it was meant to be inspirational, but it missed on two marks. The first was that it didn’t make sense. The second was that it is highly doubtful that the individual named as the source would have said such a thing.

Here’s the quote that was used.

“The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. “

And who was attributed this pearl of wisdom? Confucius

Perhaps Confused …

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My Introvert Networking Cheats

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I used to have extrovert envy, especially at networking events until…

I discovered two invaluable introvert networking cheats.

 I’m convinced that the networking “rules” that most of us have been taught, are written by an extrovert! You know, where successful networking is marked by speaking to as many people as possible over the course of an event.

Which, as an introvert, I never pulled off, instead watching in amazement as my extrovert friends moved about the room like the queen of the ball…

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