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Take Shelter during Life’s Downpours

Over here in Ireland it rains just about every single day. My niece, who lived here several years while studying, recently shared with me that there are hundreds of words to describe the rain. She recommended listening to the weather channel to get some ideas. Another person shared, “In Ireland we have showers in between …

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Look up — See What’s Right In Front of You

How often are you so focused on something at eye-level, that you forget to look up and see what’s right in front you? It happened to me just  this past weekend. We were enjoying a long afternoon walk to Castle Saunderson, a historic site here in Cavan County, Ireland. It’s a derelict castle that now …

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Is There a Switch for Your Brain, Like the Outlet Switches in Ireland?

When I first arrived in Ireland a few weeks ago our landlord was showing us around our new place. There were so many unique features we had to learn, and it seemed there was a switch for everything. Many of the appliances, such as the stove or shower, have a separate on/off switch so, even …

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Gap Years are for the Young at Heart

What a fun and delightful opportunity; I was able to present to the Walnut Creek Rotary Club this past Wednesday some highlights on taking a gap year. This is the kind of speech, as a professional speaker, you do because a friend is in need (the President of the Chapter had just learned their weekly …

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Being Independent Doesn’t Mean Having to Go It Alone

I was raised by a strong, independent mother. One of my most memorable recollections of her was the time she jumped ship, literally, in La Paz, Mexico. I was seven and my brother was a year old. My mother hailed a local shrimp boat, threw our luggage into the waiting Captain’s arms, and informed us …

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What is a Cl.E.A.R. Path Forward™?

Regardless of who you are, how smart, organized or whatever special traits you may possess, the act of navigating a significant life event is messy, scary, chaotic and fraught with uncertainty. It can also be exciting, enlightening, energizing and rejuvenating. Two diametrically opposed perspectives that coexist when you traverse from the known to unknown. The …

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It’s All in the Implementation

I recently presented a jointly sponsored breakfast seminar for my clients and those of Stark Miller Benefits. The topic title was “Engaging Your Diverse Workforce” and how to tap into multi-generations to improve workplace effectiveness. After discussing business successes and challenges related to multi-generations in the workplace, along with why their presence is necessary for good …

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Clarify Your Musts and Wants – Whether in World Politics, Business or Personal

With the news filled with the Iran nuclear deal, Greek debt crisis, and Donald Trump’s bid for the GOP nomination, I thought it was about time to add my two cents. Not from a political perspective, but rather from the position of “What do these three activities have in common?” From my perspective, the common …

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Could Meaning at Work Translate to a Healthier Brain?

A recent article by the American Heart Association suggests there may be a corollary between a life that has purpose with a decrease in developing brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. The article defines purpose in life as having meaning and direction. It goes on to say that purpose in …

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