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Ep. 19 – Productivity: The 10-Minute Kickstart

We often overestimate what we can get done in a day and underestimate the progress that can happen in just a few minutes. This episode outlines the time-based tool of a 10 Minute Kickstart and how the act of simply starting something gives your brain a boost that can propel further progress.

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Ep. 18 – Seven Words That Can Change Your Life

This episode explores the powerful potential of words – seven words in particular – and how using them might bring opportunities to different situations in your life. Words unspoken often leave larger regrets than those shared. While a few words don’t brush away all the thorns of life, they can, at times, offer a salve for the soul. And sometimes the impact of our words can leave lasting fingerprints on the recipients.

Show note: “The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Helps Move Us Forward” book, by Daniel Pink: The Power of Regret | Daniel H. Pink (danpink.com)

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Ep. 17 – Productivity: The Cost of Convenience

As we seek shortcuts to buy more time, there is a cost to every convenience. Technology has brought many innovations – and it can also add wide layers of aloneness. Every shortcut you use is a detour from something else. So make sure you know the cost of each trade and where it’s better to take the longer, less convenient route.

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Ep. 16 – Your Brain & Trauma: The Mental Art of Kintsugi

When the brain – and the body – is processing a traumatic experience, it’s as if all the wires were pulled out of the wall all at once. The surface functions all still work fine, but your brain and body have been jolted into survival mode. The nervous system is halted from its regular flow and works overtime to try to go around that giant rock that was just dropped into your life. Re-wiring is possible, and there is an art to putting our mental pieces back together in a way to brings light to the way forward.

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Ep. 15 – Words: How Being Messy Makes You Stand Out

This episode is for those who struggle to make their words be perfect. As a former journalist, I get it. And I’ve learned – the long and hard way – that being messy helps you write better, faster. Too often, we are trying to craft the finished product from start to finish. There’s time to revise later, but start by starting. Words are meant to create a connection & the message matters more than the medium.

Show notes: This episode refers to the work of Harvard psychologist George A. Miller and writer Anne Lamott.

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Ep. 14 – Using Bitter & Sweet: How Grit Is a Superpower

It’s fun when you get lucky or win on the first try. However, there are gifts that come from disappointment. Grit comes after the gravel of life shows up. It’s a gift with purchase alongside the sting of heartache. We can take a loss today and compost the parts of it that fertilize the mind and invigorate the action forward.

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Ep. 19 – Productivity: The 10-Minute Kickstart

We often overestimate what we can get done in a day and underestimate the progress that can happen in just a few minutes. This episode outlines the time-based tool of a 10 Minute Kickstart and how the act of simply starting something gives your brain a boost that can propel further progress.

Read More

Ep. 18 – Seven Words That Can Change Your Life

This episode explores the powerful potential of words – seven words in particular – and how using them might bring opportunities to different situations in your life. Words unspoken often leave larger regrets than those shared. While a few words don’t brush away all the thorns of life, they can, at times, offer a salve for the soul. And sometimes the impact of our words can leave lasting fingerprints on the recipients.

Show note: “The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Helps Move Us Forward” book, by Daniel Pink: The Power of Regret | Daniel H. Pink (danpink.com)

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Ep. 17 – Productivity: The Cost of Convenience

As we seek shortcuts to buy more time, there is a cost to every convenience. Technology has brought many innovations – and it can also add wide layers of aloneness. Every shortcut you use is a detour from something else. So make sure you know the cost of each trade and where it’s better to take the longer, less convenient route.

Read More

Ep. 16 – Your Brain & Trauma: The Mental Art of Kintsugi

When the brain – and the body – is processing a traumatic experience, it’s as if all the wires were pulled out of the wall all at once. The surface functions all still work fine, but your brain and body have been jolted into survival mode. The nervous system is halted from its regular flow and works overtime to try to go around that giant rock that was just dropped into your life. Re-wiring is possible, and there is an art to putting our mental pieces back together in a way to brings light to the way forward.

Read More

Ep. 15 – Words: How Being Messy Makes You Stand Out

This episode is for those who struggle to make their words be perfect. As a former journalist, I get it. And I’ve learned – the long and hard way – that being messy helps you write better, faster. Too often, we are trying to craft the finished product from start to finish. There’s time to revise later, but start by starting. Words are meant to create a connection & the message matters more than the medium.

Show notes: This episode refers to the work of Harvard psychologist George A. Miller and writer Anne Lamott.

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Ep. 14 – Using Bitter & Sweet: How Grit Is a Superpower

It’s fun when you get lucky or win on the first try. However, there are gifts that come from disappointment. Grit comes after the gravel of life shows up. It’s a gift with purchase alongside the sting of heartache. We can take a loss today and compost the parts of it that fertilize the mind and invigorate the action forward.

Read More

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