Ways to Keep Going

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Change Fosters More Personal Change

There’s an embarrassing story about me that lives on in our family lore. A story that always elicits laughter and sometimes a raised eyebrow. Forgive me if I’ve told you before. 🤓 Actually, before I get into it, let me take you…
Aretha Franklin's life
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Aretha Franklin’s Tough Choices
on the Way to Success

I was heartbroken to learn of Aretha Franklin's death yesterday. It was the kind of loss you feel based on some wish that I'd had a chance to get to know her. Like now the (irrational) opportunity was definitely gone. I've always kind of seen…
someone-you-cant-stand-wins-what-to-do
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How to Deal When Someone You Dislike Wins

Have you ever experienced something like this: Someone you can't stand gets a win. You know them to be a [fraud/asshole/full-of-shit/fake/abusive/condescending/fill-in-the-blank nasty trait] and yet they won an award, or got a big client,…
what it takes to change things
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How do you save the world while still keeping your own family safe, fed, and cared for?

This week we watched the long-awaited Incredibles 2 and it got me thinking about what will it take to change things in our world, and our own lives.  Fourteen years after the original film, I wondered how this new addition would be different.…
mental health

First Hand Perspectives: Mental Health Awareness for the Other 11 Months of the Year

Yesterday marked the last day of May and with it the final day of Mental Health Awareness month. And while I'm glad there's a month for it, the reality is that folks struggling with, or affected by mental health issues, or mental illness, or…
Step out of line, what it takes

When it’s Time to Step Out of Line

The other day I walked into a Starbucks to grab a drink. The line wasn't bad, but the four people in it made an awkward formation parallel, rather than perpendicular to the front door. I thought it was odd that they weren’t queued up toward…
thoughts on being thankful for those who are going through hell

Thoughts on Gratitude for Those Who’ve Been (or are going) Through Hell

A few years back I stood up in front of my aunts, uncles, cousins, children, parent, grandparent, and extended family at the Thanksgiving table and volunteered to say the dinner prayer. I didn't usually volunteer for something like that.…
What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

What to Do When You Feel Like Nothing is Working

Does this happen to you? You’re doing something new, pursuing a new goal or change and it feels like NOTHING is working. Here are some ways this has shown up for me: I’m pitching or submitting writing all over, but all I hear are crickets…
untouched soul

What if There’s a Refuge Built Right Inside Every Human Being?

This week I listened to an episode of the On Being podcast that made me reconsider how we humans survive trauma or hardship. Krista Tippett's interview with poet John O'Donohue was profound. I found myself rewinding and replaying segments that…
internet tips
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What to Do When Trolls Attack

We live in a new era, one in which anyone can say anything online with often without consequences. Heck, even our “Commander in Chief” knows that. But what do you do if YOU are the subject of an online attack? I’ve managed social media…