“With Ease”

“With Ease”

There are just some things in work and life that feel forced and the effort significant.  It causes you to pause and ask – “is this the best way forward?”  Don’t get me wrong – hard work and effort are hallmarks of leaders, however mindful leaders create the space to reflect and surround himself/herself with people to help identify easier, more effortless paths forward.

It’s like the canoe ride with the rise of the wind – with a simple make shift sail you can glide through the water effortlessly. So simple, inexpensive and creative – a  paddle, tarp and string – shifts your paddling experience from one of effort to one of ease.  The same destination but a ride that is much more enjoyable and creative causing others to say, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?”

Living and Leading Intentionally

Living and Leading Intentionally

Following my father’s death December 2nd 2017, at the age of 92, the answers unfolded.  My father died the day after I left my inspired health care leadership career to pursue my purpose based business. Living and leading from a place of alignment to purpose was the key.  His purpose was clear – to spread peace and love to those he met – right until his death surrounded by family who loved and admired him and what he stood for.  He was unapologetically intentional.  He lead his life with tremendous faith and trust having clarity of  purpose. Knowing significant shifts were underway for me, he gave me a card which I opened December 1st 2017 on my last day of work which read, “My challenge is ending, yours is beginning – may God be with us both.  Your friend and father.”  As my family reflected on his intentional word “challenge” it became clear  that living his purpose hadn’t always been easy.  There were many learning’s along the way.  We witnessed a wonderful life lived and his inspiration provided enlightenment as we continue to meet the challenge of making a difference in the world one person at a time.

Words Matter

Words Matter

What we say matters! Don Miguel Ruiz in his book “The 4 agreements” references 4 simple steps to live by. The first agreement is to be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Sounds easy? Not so much. We are hard on ourselves. We focus on those areas where we could have been better. Be kind to yourself – no one’s perfect and who wants perfection anyway – it’s not half as interesting.
It’s easy to fall into work place gossip and/or family gossip. It’s something to fill the time and redirects attention. It takes courage with a dose of a sense of humor to shift from negative to positive – laughing at ourselves and with others is a great ways to shift negative thinking – it is a reminder that we are all learning as we go through our life journey.

Just Do it!

Just Do it!

We live such wonderfully planned lives…plans keep us on track, organized and providing a sense of accomplishment and feeling of productivity. So what about spontaneity? Where does that fit in our fast paced, planned lives? I’ve always been someone who is curious about what is “just around that next corner?” I certainly am not an expert at dropping what I am doing for spontaneity, but when I do, I often come back renewed and with a different perspective. Today – give spontaneity a try and take a few minutes to pop your head around the next corner – put your day’s plan on hold and see where this new adventure takes you. It may be exactly what is needed to give you a fresh new outlook.

Uncovering your true self

Uncovering your true self

Part of uncovering your true self is paying attention to what you need and unapologetically, simply attending to these needs. Setting boundaries to create space to breath, think and respond before overcommitting and becoming overwhelmed allows time to pay attention. It is in these moments that we become aware, settling our mind of judgement and experiencing compassion for ourselves and others. Not easy but so worth it.

Showing up Fully Alive

Showing up Fully Alive

I can’t stop looking at this picture of my dear father and fun loving Kyle and how beautifully it captures the essence of “being fully alive” – free, light, joyous and trusting. This was one of the pictures in the slide show my sister so beautifully pulled together for dad’s visitation capturing the essence of his wholehearted living. I question how many moments of feeling truly free, light, joyous and trusting are created, welcomed or passed by?