What I’m Not

I’ve been wondering about my participation (or non-participation) in the political pandering of today. It feels like I should say something. And then I got clear about what I am, and what I’m not. I do not watch the televised news — and haven’t since the days after 9/11. When I noticed my addiction to the 24/7 news cycle, I bowed out. Since then, my friends and family let me know when something I need to know about is happening. …

Sustaining A Creative Practice

I crashed. Hard. It’s funny how I can know what I need to do, having been successful at integrating healthy habits into my daily creative practice, and one day I simply decide to skip it without reason. Thus begins the descent into the unconscious, expired patterns that keep me away from the blank page for ages. Well, it’s not funny, is it? It’s disappointing. Here is what goes on inside my head: (Angel, sitting lightly over my right shoulder) “I …

Leos Get Shit Done

Gorgeous (you do remember you’re made of star stuff?), Yep. It’s August again, and some things just don’t change. You might remember I¬†choose to celebrate the whole month every single August, as my birthday is on the 15th and it just makes the most sense to celebrate both the before and the after. I started today, by getting a shit-ton of things off my to-do list DONE. Man, that feels good! It was truly a gift to myself. Tomorrow, my …

Where Are The Answers?

Sometimes people believe they don’t have what it takes on their own to be happy. The emergence of coaching and the extensive and growing self-help industry supports this belief. Look at social media and explore self-help guru websites and you will find messages like: “Buy my book! Take my program! Work with me, and your life will magically get better! Do this and you will be happy!” The implication is that without external forces, it’s impossible to be happy. This …

I Fired My Personality

This April, after more than ten years in business, I hit the proverbial wall. I was weary of the tasks that needed doing to maintain the level of success I’d enjoyed in the past. When I realized I wasn’t excited about continuing my practice as a coach, I knew it was time for slowing down. If I’m not having fun in my business, something is seriously wrong. This realization was not exactly new. I can pinpoint the beginning of the …

Who Are Your Teachers?

In my lifetime, I’ve had many teachers. Like you, I didn’t get to be who I am without the guidance of others. My parents, siblings and family members shaped me in my first year of life as I learned how to do all the things babies do. It was the beginning of a lifetime of modeling, emulating, and copying. During my childhood, I became what others – parents, teachers, family, friends – expected me to be. If I met their …

Entrepreneurs & Ideas

I’m an idea fanatic. Ideas come fast and fiercely; so much so there’s no possibility for executing them all. It’s also true that some of my ideas are crap. Lucky for me, I’ve learned to be discerning, and I’ve made a shit-ton of mistakes. I’ve spent years following an ever-changing path dictated primarily by what interests me, ever curious about what could be just around the next corner. For me, new ideas are like oxygen. Amidst the perpetual change involved …

Facing Rejection As An Entrepreneur

In our Entrepreneur Gold Cafe today, heart-centered entrepreneurs got real with the feelings of rejection. As the facilitator, I asked them direct questions about how they successfully manage their relationship with it, and what they could learn from it. We also learned how to feel great about our ‘elevator speech’ (hint: there are no rules) and took a look at the value of marketing metrics. But…rejection! Everyone has felt the emotional pull of rejection at one time or another. Entrepreneurs …

Seeking Other Perspectives

In the Entrepreneur Gold Cafe, participants often come away with something unexpected. They get the support they expect, of course. Friendships deepen every time someone speaks to an issue they’re experiencing. Whether it’s something they’re afraid of, or a problem they haven’t been able to solve on their own –they continue to come to the Cafe because it’s comforting to know they aren’t the only one to experience these things. This week, one member (of course her real name is …