Colored Pencils and Crayons

multicolored crayons closeupThere are two times of the year that seem like a “new” beginning. New Year’s is one of course, and back to school season is the other.

As a child, back to school season meant new colored pencils and a box of crayons. It meant a new backpack, a new binder and a new lunch box. It meant a fresh start, a new beginning, with new friends, experiences and opportunities. If you have kids, I’m sure you’ve seen it through their eyes too…. the excitement and anticipation and maybe even the anxiety of the first day of school! [Read more…]

It’s Different

wll-ladiesI am excited to share with you that I will be attending The DIFFERENT© Conference! What is that? Read on….

As you know, I am very selective about the conferences and events I attend as they have to be in alignment with my values, both personally and professionally.

Women’s Leadership LIVE was founded by Linda McMahon, Debbie Saviano and Stacey Schieffelin  – and these ladies are passionate about doing things DIFFERENTLY. They want to provide an experience that will provide you with ACCESS to industry experts who share a passion for championing women. [Read more…]

Never Waste a Day

Dreams In A Glass JarMy woulda, coulda, shoulda questions came up again this morning. I was  reading a book that talked about living your best life, not waiting for the “perfect” moment, and being really present in everything that you do. “Never waste a day” was his comment. And that got me thinking!

Do you know how many days are left for you to make an impact? How about how many weeks to accomplish and do what you want to do? While we never know what tomorrow will actually bring, the average life-span for a woman is to live until age 81. Well, I’m 51. So that, by statistics, leaves me 30 years – and hopefully more! That is 1560 weeks. Or 10,950 days. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like very long!!! So what do we do? [Read more…]

Make it a Strategic YES – and an abundant NO!

yes or noIt’s been said over and over again to me, “You are the YES girl, and I need to say no.” Then the inevitable question follows – “So how do I say no?”  And I explain over and over again, “I say YES strategically with passion and purpose – and a firm NO, abundantly AND with certainty.

How can I do that? Or better yet, how can you?

Over the last few years, I’ve had to become very clear on what my YES is. I’ve done this by getting clear on my values, my purpose and who I’m meant to be. It’s not an overnight process either – it takes silence and solitude, it takes a support systems and it takes peeling back layers. [Read more…]

Are You In Integrity?

ACC_PRINTI’m so excited. I received my “official” coaching credential today from the International Coach Federation. You say – “so what”, “big deal”, “yippee for you”. Well, yes…. for me, it is a big deal and YIPPEEE was definitely a reaction – and here is why!

I have been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. I started my first business in 1995 and recently sold it. I started my second business in 2009 and my third in 2011. And in December of 2015, I sold those businesses and started my 4th! During the last 6 years or so, I have been going through my own discernment and transformation – and my 4th business, life coaching with an emphasis on living your YES – is based on the tools I used to personally walk the talk. [Read more…]

Today, Receive

Many of us find it challenging to receive. Women hesitate to ask for help, we brush aside a compliment and we don’t take it in. But what are we doing to ourselves – and doing to the person who is sharing their gratitude?

How many times have you been in a situation where someone is praising you, or thanking you, or giving you a compliment, and you say “oh, it was nothing, no big deal”. I had someone tell me they were being humble by not accepting the compliment, but is that really being humble? I think not. Is it uncomfortable? Maybe. But most of the time, when someone is paying you a compliment it becomes a bigger deal as you say no big deal and they say yes it is and it goes on and on as they try to convince you. [Read more…]

It’s a Sign

Do you pay attention to the signs? Yes, the stop sign, the yield, the “do not enter”… but do you pay attention to the other more subtle signs in your life?

This past weekend, I was at the celebration of my daughter’s college graduation. There were many signs… from the speeches to the cards she received. But there was one that stood out. While leaving Old Sacramento, after leaving all the family (including my two daughters) and headed to the airport, I was feeling a little blue. On the fence, right by the entrance to the freeway as I was feeling a bit lost, a sign caught my eye. It was tied to a chain link fence and said “You Are Loved.” [Read more…]

The Dark Side… Self-Sabotage

Sabotage word in 3d letters on a black round bomb to illustrateWe do it to ourselves. We undermine our health, our wealth, our relationships and more. It’s called self-sabotage, and I caught myself in it this past weekend.

On Friday night, I woke up at 2am with a stomach ache. Why? Because I had eaten something way off my healthy lifestyle plan – and had indulged in a couple of drinks as well. The scale was up 6 pounds over the last 2 weeks and I laid there wondering WHY was I doing this to myself? And it hit me…. SELF-SABOTAGE. [Read more…]

Don’t Fit In – Stand Out!

33Have you ever played small because you were worried about failure? Have you ever conformed to the “standards” of someone else because you were afraid of being judged? Why is it we try to just fit in and not stand out?

I love my sparkle and bling. I love my leopard shoes and my blinged out cowboy boots! I love my brightly colored dresses and my polka dot tote bag. My personality can be a little loud and vivacious, BUT if I try to tone it down and “fit in”, who am I really serving? [Read more…]

The Struggle Is Real

Self Doubt 300 pixelsI shared with you a couple months back about the struggle I had faced at the beginning of this year. I’d fallen into a depression of sorts after selling both of my magazines. I’d been a magazine publisher for 20 years as of November 2015, and I’d lost my identity. Yes, I was moving forward with the Yes I Can movement and mentoring and coaching – but I began questioning if I’d done the right thing.

We all experience these times of fear and doubt, maybe even a little (or a lot of) sadness and depression. I was at a woman’s conference this past Friday and a woman approached me who had watched the video (Thanks Grace!). She commented that she wanted to hear how I had gotten out of it. I had shared in the video about being sad but then magically it seemed all was right in the world and how had I done that. So I’m opening that up here. [Read more…]