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Lessons From The Hiking Trail

I’ve just returned from my annual Vail, Colorado trip where we had two weeks of perfect weather – warm days and cool nights – a welcome break from this year’s wretchedly hot, sticky summer here in North Carolina. Every year...

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The Art of Excellence

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not...

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The Weirdness of Change

In March, I took a tiny stumble while walking towards the starting line of a 5-K run. As in, so minor it shouldn’t have even been noticeable. Instead, I ended up with the energizer bunny version of a lower back...

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No Matter How Much Things Change, The Basics Stay The Same.

2,200 years ago … “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” ~ Scipio Africanus, Roman General, 235 BC – 183 BC 250+ years later … “It’s not what happens...

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Procrastination and Boredom Go Hand-In-Hand

Here’s the scenario … You have things that need attention and important tasks that need to get done. In fact, there’s a lot to do. But nothing on your “A” list – or even “B” or “C” lists – feels...

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Permission To Be Human

While having lunch with my friend Kathy Worm yesterday, she commented, “So often, it comes down to giving yourself permission to be human.” We’d been chatting about a wide range of topics: balancing work with other creative pursuits, managing stress,...

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Breathe

Stop. Breathe.  Not the regular, just-stay-alive process of air into your lungs. Conscious, feel-the-breath-moving-through-your-body, deep breathing. Sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Loosely rest your hands on your knees. Close...

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It’s Not About Time

Stumbled on this gem while looking for something entirely unrelated! Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci,...

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Dream Killers

I had the great privilege of hearing Debbie Yow, NC State’s Athletic Director speak at a meeting last week. She had much to say that was inspiring but her comments about dream killers were my favorite. Nothing will smash your hopes...

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A Different Way to Do Busy

Today’s blog entry comes from my friend Jill Sockman, owner of Blue Lotus Yoga Studio in Raleigh, NC. I can’t think of a more perfect way to integrate the reality of being busy with the importance of slowing down. From...

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