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ICF Certification: Received ☑️

ICF Certification: Received ☑️

This month I'm being highly intentional about celebrating. What this means is that, throughout my day, when I do something I feel good about--even if it is minor--I take a micro-second to give myself a mental pat on the back, a congrats, a high-five, do a little...

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What’s making me smile?

What’s making me smile?

Let me preface this by saying that I am not spending my days with a big smile plastered onto my face. However, there are a number of things that have been lifting my spirits over the past few weeks and I wanted to record these here. More time with my immediate family...

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Activity to build on team strengths: Victory story

Activity to build on team strengths: Victory story

Strengths Activity for Teams: Victory Story This resource is for team leads who want to help foster strong(er) teams. It outlines an activity that can be used during an in-person or virtual team meeting or retreat. This facilitated activity invites each team member to...

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Awe

Awe

For as long as I can remember, I have been awed by a beautiful singing voice. Certain song/voice combinations stop me in my tracks, pull me in like some sort of powerful vortex (does a vortex suck people in? that may be scientifically inaccurate, but you get my...

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7 ways to boost your happiness

7 ways to boost your happiness

Happiness is more than a "positive mood". It is a state of well-being that is tied to living a meaningful life and experiencing deep contentment. Furthermore, there is a growing body of research that suggests that happiness is linked to our physical health.  As such,...

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A positive approach to perfectionism

A positive approach to perfectionism

Huh? What do you mean: A positive approach to perfectionism? I used to think that perfectionism was something to overcome. I don’t think that anymore. Now, I think of it as something to be mindful of, to be(come) at peace with, and as a characteristic to leverage. I...

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Your workspace and well-being

Your workspace and well-being

The physical space in which we work matters--a lot. Yet, it isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when we think about career satisfaction. I have noticed my workspace affects my mood, my productivity, my sense of calm (or lack thereof), and my overall...

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Catastrophizing (do you remember 1999?!)

Catastrophizing (do you remember 1999?!)

I was thinking back 20 years to December 1999--do you remember the "hysteria" leading up to that month?! Back then, my spouse and I ran a disc jockey (DJ) business; December 31 had us worried because we weren't sure how Y2K would play out. Anyone who is old enough to...

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Worksheet for perfectionists: Healthy striving

Worksheet for perfectionists: Healthy striving

Would you like to overcome perfectionism and begin moving forward? I've created a worksheet that offers a step-by-step process to help you move forward on a project even when you’re feeling stuck. It is written with perfectionists in mind. Perfectionists are people...

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Overcoming perfectionism: What if that weren’t the goal?

Overcoming perfectionism: What if that weren’t the goal?

Are you fed up with yourself and ready to start overcoming your perfectionism? What if I said I wanted to talk you out of overcoming it?! Yes, that's right: I want to propose a different way to see your perfectionism...a way that acknowledges the challenges and ALSO...

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