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  • Nov 22, 2021

    Practice Gratitude. What You Appreciate, Appreciates

    We all know that it’s good to be grateful. Yet let’s face it, the gravitational pull to dwell on what we don't like or perceive as lacking is strong. Unless we consciously choose otherwise, our attention tends to get pulled toward what’s wrong and whom

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  • Nov 17, 2021

    Give More Grace – To Yourself, To Others

    The woman across from me at a dinner I attended recently rolled her eyes in annoyance when the waiter accidentally poured wine into her water glass. As soon as he realized his error, he apologized profusely. But she was frustrated and let him know as

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  • Oct 20, 2021

    How To Thrive Under Pressure

    As a kid, my dad often took me fishing in his rusty tin boat. Every now and again it would spring a leak. Dad was always creative in finding ways to plug the leak until we returned to shore. Blue tack. Candy. One time he

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  • Sep 15, 2021

    Growth and comfort can’t ride the same horse

    While I grew up riding horses, I was never a particularly stylish equestrian. More like a pretty rough n' ready one… gutsy enough to hold on to my wild Brumby we won in a raffle for 20 cents (I kid you not!).  I fell off

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  • Sep 08, 2021

    Choose Faith Over Fear

    As I’ve soaked in the spendor of Colorado's Rocky Mountains over the last week, many times I’ve thought back to this time last year when my future was mired with uncertainty. On more than one occasion I've felt like pinching myself.  Not just because of

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  • Aug 25, 2021

    Live The Life You Have, Not The One You Want

    "In an ideal world we’d all be back in the office in September," a client said to me last week, bemoaning the disruption the Delta variant has created for ‘back to office’ plans. Of course in ‘an ideal world', we’d not have had this pandemic

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  • Aug 05, 2021

    Turn Your Compassion Inward

    You’re such an idiot. Seriously, when will you ever figure this out. You're just not (good-smart-together-accomplished-successful-Fill-in-the-blank) enough. You’re a lousy presenter/parent/partner/person/(fill in the blank) How often have you heard a little voice inside your head pointing out your mistakes, critiquing your conversations, or berating you

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  • Jul 13, 2021

    Is your story shrinking or expanding your future?

    Growing up in the Aussie bush, my dad often teased me about being a 'bumble-foot.’ My dad is a beautiful man, but I took his words on as Gospel truth, creating a story that I was a bonafide 'non-athlete; that my legs just weren't made

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  • May 24, 2021

    Trust your wings. You can do hard things.

    Last week was an exciting week in our family. My oldest son Lachlan graduated university and my youngest son Matthew graduated high school. Matt’s graduation was all the more special given that of the four graduations in our family over the last 12 months (including

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  • Apr 16, 2021

    Risk More Rejection

    My daughter Maddy rang me last night while I was at dinner. “I’ve missed out on another summer internship,” she said, her voice flat with disappointment. This was not her first “We regret to inform you” letterand chances are, it won’t be her last. Tens of millions

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  • Apr 01, 2021

    How To Regroup After A Bad Day Week, Month—Or Year

    Today is the last Friday, of the last week of the month. I appreciate this is not particularly significant. However maybe you’ve had a bad day, or week, or month… or the entire last 12 months could be described as your ‘annus horriblis.’ Maybe you’re

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  • Mar 06, 2021

    #ChooseToChallenge Gender Biases That Hold Women Back

    Growing up on a small farm in rural Australia, my dad – who left school at 16 and milked dairy cows for 50 years – would tell me that he saw great things for me… like one day becoming a nun (Sister Margaret Mary) in

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  • Jan 27, 2021

    Post Pandemic Growth: Bounce Forward Strong, Braver, Better

    The old adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is a nice sentiment. Yet it's been often proven false. Some people don't rise stronger from adversity. Many are left stuck in blame or self-pity, unable to move on they live under a cloud

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  • Nov 25, 2020

    Trust That Life Is Working FOR You

    “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” This was a chapter title in my book Brave.   It’s also a maxim I’ve had to remind myself of many times in recent years as my well laid plans have derailed and I’ve found myself

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  • Aug 18, 2020

    Lessons from life’s end: Dare to live the life YOU want

    For eight years Bronnie Ware worked as a palliative nurse, taking care of people in the final days of their lives. She had so many profoundly illuminating experiences that she decided to write an article that went on to become a book. The Top Five

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  • Jul 24, 2020

    Toxic Positivity: It’s Okay Not To Feel Okay

    “Don’t worry. Be happy.” It’s a catchy tune but it can be lousy advice.  In the midst of a tough time, being told to ‘focus on the bright side’ can just make you feel worse.  Sometimes life is difficult. Disappointing. Hard. Frightening. Sad. Heartbreaking even. Can good

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