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  • May 12, 2024

    When to Lean in to Uncertainty and Trust Yourself

    Many years ago, my younger sister Anne volunteered with  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a French medical humanitarian organization – also known as Doctors Without Borders. Anne was not long out of medical school but wanted to heed a long-held desire to help people in places

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jul 06, 2020

    Just take the next step: Lessons from climbing Kilimanjaro with my four kids

    Grit. The dictionary provides two definitions: Small loose particles of stone or sand.Courage and resolve, strength of character. Given how much our ‘courage and resolve’ is being tested right now, it’s fair to ask how we can cultivate more grit when every day feels like

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  • Jan 24, 2019

    Embrace The Gift In Your Struggles

    In my work, I often get to meet some pretty extraordinary people. Some are well known, others less so. But a common thread that binds the people who inspire me most is the challenges they’ve had to overcome. Which brings me to my most recent

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  • Dec 12, 2018

    Pursue A Cause Bigger Than Yourself!

    Wired into our psychological DNA is the desire for security, safety and status - which can put us in a bind. Because once our basic needs are met, we have a deep human hunger for meaning and purpose which can only be fulfilled by embracing

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  • Nov 29, 2018

    Forge Your Own Path

    Let's face it, at some point in our lives, most of us find ourselves on a path we no longer want to continue upon. Sometimes it can feel like we've got no other options. That's rarely the case. More often we just can't see the options from

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  • Aug 22, 2018

    Dare To Do More Than You Think You Can

    Firstly, thank you for your lovely notes in response to my recent article about visiting Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Of course, my message was about far more than how to help those who live there escape from the poverty they are born into. It

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  • Jul 30, 2018

    Handling Change When Plans Derail

    “Are you sitting down?” my husband asked down the phone line from across the world. As I braced myself, he delivered the news. His company needed/wanted/voluntold him to take up a role in Singapore. This was not our plan. Not even close. However, because my

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  • Jan 30, 2018

    5 Intuitive Ways to Discern Good Advice From Bad

    Let’s face it. If you’re looking for advice, you’ll find no shortage of it—on how to invest your money, raise your kids or navigate your next career move. I’ve been given copious amounts of advice over the years. “You should always wear red,” one branding

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  • Dec 06, 2017

    Quiet Your Inner Critic

    You are probably familiar with the words of my friend Marianne Williamson. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”

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  • Aug 22, 2017

    Lower Your Mask, Let People In

    Two weeks ago, my family and I landed in the humid air of Singapore to begin another chapter (my husband Andrew has taken on a leadership role here in Asia). As exciting as it is to embark on a new adventure, it’s also been challenging.

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  • Jul 10, 2017

    Handle Criticism Better

    “It is important to learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally.” ― Hillary Clinton It’s great advice. Yet if you’ve ever been criticized (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?), you’ll know that being told “not to take it personally” often does little to

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