How to be a GREAT Leader

Learn to climb over enormous professional blockages, hike up steep staircases of stress management, conquer employee conflicts, walk across fire pits of angry customers or clients, swim across the sea of diversity, and crawl through dark cut-throat hallways of competition.

The Professional Warrior focuses on a variety of guided exercises and questions to help you assess how to get your career on solid footing for the next step in your professional journey.

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A Sign of Hope

A few years ago, I was living in the tropics and had traveled away from home on a short trip.  I was making the 30 mile drive from the airport to my house when I saw this beautiful rainbow out the window of my car.  I quickly snapped a picture and was so mesmerized with seeing an entire rainbow, I almost drove off the road.

It was a difficult time in my life, probably one of the hardest that I experienced alone, yet when I saw the rainbow, it gave me hope.  The picture recently popped up in my photo album and it reminded of how my life changed for the better after seeing the rainbow.  Then I found this online:

Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures. … Rainbows are frequently represented in Western art and culture, as a sign of hope and promise of better times to come.

I don’t think it was a coincidence, and I don’t believe in them, but during such troubled times in our country, I believe that we all need hope that we can restore to a state of peace and take an active role to personally spread peace, not hatred, violence or judgments.

We all need a bit of rainbow hope.

Seared Watermelon Tuna

For all you fun foodies out there, we have been exploring new recipes, and recently discovered that watermelon actually cooks, grills and bakes in a very tasty way!

The other night we made seared watermelon tuna.  The watermelon was cut into medium steak size pieces and then baked, marinated, and pan seared for a tasty tuna flavor.  The mock tuna was then placed on a bed of rice noodles and cucumber salad. The end result was delicious!

Our next foodie adventure will involve a baked watermelon ham…

 

 

How to Heal Yourself

Theta Healing is a meditational process that creates physical, psychological and spiritual healing. Using a combination of psychotherapy and energy work, change can occur quickly in many areas of life including, health and wellness, relationships, career, recovery and spiritual direction.

Not everyone desires to work through a lengthy therapy process, or has the time. Theta healing works on changing negative or limiting beliefs that prevent you from being successful or from making the necessary changes that you want to make that prevent you from living your best life possible. Theta healing can create change quickly at a subconscious level.

Everyone’s path to healing is uniquely different and individual.  As a Certified Theta Healer and Licensed Professional Counselor, my passion is helping people to heal in the areas of health and wellness, relationship conflict, career change, grief and loss, and addictions and recovery.

 

 

Art: The Soul of Life

Thanks to a great friend, I started painting again.  Over the years I focused on my career and followed a different path, but life can sometimes lead us away from our passions and into new territories.  For me, the unfolding of a series of events, led me back to my first love, painting.

In the past, I would paint on huge canvases that I would build and stretch myself, but this time, I decided to work on a tiny scale and made a series of small paintings that measured 4×4 inches.  I thought about what to paint and made the decision to paint a series of trees.  As a nature lover, trees are earthy and grounding, just what I needed during a time of universal chaos, a bit of earthiness and stability, painted in a colorful and whimsical way.

Is there an old passion or love calling out to you to be explored?  I encourage you to go back to a lost love in the areas of art, writing, poetry, ceramics, pottery, knitting, weaving, photography, printing, jewelry making, stained glass or whatever it is that touches your soul.  Maybe there is something new that you have always wanted to try doing?

I had forgotten how much my artwork had created an inner sanctuary away from the chaos of the world.  Painting is a meditative practice, that I had long lost or been separated from.  So grateful that I have returned to what brings me home and touches my soul.

 

My Zendo

A few years ago, in Naples, Florida, I had the opportunity to do something that I had always wanted to do.  I found a local zendo, (Japanese meditation hall) and began the practice of zazen, a practice of letting go through sitting and walking.

It may sound simple enough, but the practice is powerful in that when we enter into a state of zazen, we let go of all thoughts and mental clutter.  In today’s society, we can become stuck in our heads thinking about today, tomorrow, or the past.  Zazen allows our minds to be still.  We enter into a peaceful place of just being.

I was in Naples for only a short time, but I fell in love with my new zendo and found the practice brought me immense peace.  Because I love movement so much, I especially enjoyed, kinhin, a type of movement or walking meditation.  I found the mix of sitting and moving especially beneficial to me, allowing me to be still, yet to also move.

After practicing for a short period of time, I relocated.  I still miss the zendo and my zazen practice, although I can continue on my own, I find it difficult in my home, compared to when I entered the empty space of the zendo.

The photo included on this post was taken on my last day of practice.  It was with regrets and sadness that I knew I would not return, but was grateful that I had the opportunity to practice zazen.  I hope to find another zendo in the future and resume my practice.  Until then my yard has become my outdoor zendo.

 

 

 

Happy Happy Happy

Almost everyone’s life has changed over the past several months due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t meant we can’t be happy.  Like many others, my life has changed dramatically, not in ways that I would ever choose, but I realized one day that through loss, I was able to focus on other things that make me happy.

When the big picture of your life is made smaller, the details of what makes your life happier come into focus.  What I have discovered is that although I love my work, happiness for me is laughing with my husband, cooking healthy organic foods, and being in nature.  It’s so easy to think of happiness as only in terms of one thing in our lives, but I have found that happiness comes in many ways.  What was taken for granted for or seemed insignificant before, now has huge significance.  Happiness is a state of mind and when life changes, look closely at what or who around you makes you truly happy.  You may be surprised at what you find.

Living Green House

The natural environment has always been a place of healing for me.  Starting in childhood, I spent my days roaming and exploring open fields, small forests and the world around me.  Nature has always been healing for me and a natural place of stress management as I have grown older.

I spend hours in nature each day, taking walks and cycling through the nature reserve. I also take many trips a year to distant lands that are dramatically geographically different than the place I live in.  I love the energy that mountains bring, the serenity and peace that the ocean gives me, and can never get enough of the solitude of the desert.

I currently live in a cold climate and due to the restriction on travel at this time or possibly in the near future, I am seeking a local natural retreat that I can go to when the weather outside is dead and frozen.   I have never been a fan of snow and struggle in the fall when everything starts to die and begins the long transformation to dormancy.  I miss my beautiful flowers, bees and dragonflies and come alive when I travel to a new and warmer environments.

So this summer’s search has resulted in an unexpected find.  At my local university, I discovered a new building with an atrium.  As I was biking past, I stopped to look in the window and saw a waterfall, a royal palm tree, beautiful tropical flowers and plants.  I was so excited to find my winter retreat at a nearby local spot!  Although I still plan on traveling nationally, things are not yet what they used to be and my travel will be limited this year, but at least now I have a tropical sanctuary to help me feel alive when everything around me this winter appears to be dead and lifeless.

If you also struggle with winter blues or miss the great outdoors but can’t get out because of extreme weather or piles of snow, check your local community for a green house, a planetarium, an atrium , art gallery or museum.  So many ways to feel alive when dark winter days set in!

COVID Kindness

We all struggle differently during times of stress.  The pandemic has pushed many of us past our coping abilities.  It is during this time that we are faced with making decisions as to how to deal with everyday environmental stressors that are out of our control.

In my city and across the country, people are doing random acts of kindness.  When the pandemic first began, a neighbor who lived at the end of the block, yelled at me to say that he made clocks, and had made one especially for me.  I was surprised since we had never talked although I walked past his house daily.  I was touched by his kindness.  He was outside playing horseshoes in his yard and told me the clock was near the front door. He continued to play his game as I found the clock and was surprised to find that it was really cool in a modern industrial deisgn.  I thanked him and again he said, I thought you would like it.  I was touched by this random stranger’s act of kindness.  It inspired me to want to do random acts of kindness myself.

In our small city people are painting inspiration messages on rocks and hiding them around town.  I have found several, some make me laugh, some make me smile and some touch my heart.  Yesterday I found a small plastic bag with a sticky note on it, saying, “From me to you!  Exactly what you need right now”. Inside the bag was a beautiful crystal rock that promotes the feeling of calm.

I don’t know any of the people that are leaving random gifts across town, but it makes me happy to know that there are people out there doing random acts of kindness at a time when it is most needed.

Thank you!