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Nurture your working life: part 2 (Foundation)

This is a 4-part series to help you nurture your working life. Read Part 1 (about expanding your definition of “working life” and setting intentions for your garden) over here. This is a story about sheep manure and one of my favourite workplace metaphors. It’s about caring for the soil, so the soil can care …

Your Empowered Workspace

I googled “why space matters” to find a meaningful quote to open this post and all the results were about outer space. Which might say more about my search history than anything else. But today, we’re discussing your empowered workspace, not colonizing Mars. Here on earth, our space has an important role to play. Used …

Manufacturing resilience (AKA start loving failure)

Lately I’ve been listening to development psychologists talk about raising kids (I consider it professional and personal research). I heard Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath on the subject of self-esteem, and the reality that sometimes the most “privileged” kids – ones with the most material abundance, the best educations, and the most protected upbringing – end up …

Playing for prizes

I didn’t grow up playing video games, but I saw enough Nintendo at friends’ houses to glean this: you ran / hopped / glided through different obstacle-filled environments, intentionally running into things, in order to score points. …right? Can’t you just hear the digital music in the background? #80sbaby Lesson #1 from the parenting journey …

How to live more consciously

Remember those “what to pack” lists you’d get before summer camp?  Underwear x 20. Flashlight. Raincoat.  Between having a milestone birthday and all the astrological themes this month that point to letting go, I’ve been thinking about what each of us has packed and chosen to literally haul around everywhere. So much of what’s in our lives …

How to evaluate your energetic contracts

After reading your employment contract, you know your start date, how much you’ll get paid and what’s going to happen when you leave. The contents have barely evolved since the first one ever was scrawled on a stone tablet. When I ask you to consider your holistic relationship with an employer today (and I often …

What will you do with 2000 hours per year?

I want to tell you a story. When I first graduated from my undergrad business degree and joined a boutique consulting firm, my time was my offering. Since I was green, I believed my only value was my willingness to work, literally, whenever. Like on weekends, Friday nights and holidays. I remember taking down instructions …

How to get promoted into leadership

Who’s ready to move up? Recently a client came to me with a challenge: she was eager to step into leadership, but the path wasn’t clear. She felt stalled where she was, and uninspired about the future. So, what’s the best way to get promoted into leadership?  Besides being great at what you do and …

Three career crossroads: which one are you at?

Ever been stuck on a big career decision – feeling out of alignment, confused or paralyzed? Over and over, I see three major decision points that stump us. Three career crossroads that we stop and stand at, gazing around… some of us for a long time. Let’s stop doing that! Chances are if you’re reading …

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to

I’m kind of a hustler. I know some people don’t like that word; some days I don’t either. But I’m out there chasing, growing and building and trying my best to live an awesome and intentional life, and I call that hustling. There are many days when things flow. But some days it feels like …