One job…

The other night, I sat with friends who have weathered dozens of life’s storms together and apart. We gathered in the aftermath of a wake. We had hugged a husband who was saying goodbye to the wife of his youth, children who had lost their loving mother, women who had lost a familiar friend, and a community rocked by a sudden loss. After we dried our tears and gathered our emotions, we drove off to a quiet space for dinner. Continue reading “One job…”

Birthday girl…

A couple weeks ago, my family pulled off an epic surprise. To be honest, I didn’t believe they had it in them. We aren’t that good at surprises, and I particularly hate being surprised, so it hasn’t been something we’ve practiced over the years. But, they pulled off a beautiful party and gathered so many of my favorite people. I was totally blown away by the love and attention poured out that night. Continue reading “Birthday girl…”

Two words …

As I look at the year ahead, there are dark clouds looming. There are lots of things I cannot change at this moment, and yet there are things I can influence. So, that is where my focus has been for the past few weeks. What do I want and/or need and how will I prioritize these things in my life. It has taken years to be able to answer that question for myself. What do I want or need? Years ago, I began to ask myself three questions in my journal most mornings. The process of asking and then answering these questions has been life-giving. Continue reading “Two words …”

Energy management…

I live like a two-year-old, I run until I collapse. I wake up in the morning full of excitement and run toward my day with enthusiasm. As the day unfolds, I show up and give my full attention to the people and projects that move through my work and life. At some point, my energy begins to wane. Most days I make it home before the cup is completely empty, but not always. I have been known to sit and rock quietly in my office at the end of the day. Sometimes tears of frustration leak down my cheeks. Occasionally, I throw things in anger. But almost always, I come to the end of my energy before I come to the end of my day. Continue reading “Energy management…”