A Call to Meaning: How Gratitude Guides Your Life


what gives life meaning

A Call to MeaningIt’s November. So here in the USA, before we’re called to the Thanksgiving table, we’re called think about what we’re grateful for. We are called to acknowledge the meaning in our lives.Gratitude is  an expression of love, an appreciation of what you value, a confession of your connection to what you have. In my experience, what I’m most grateful for is evidence of what matters to me. So this year, before we sit down to that well-laden table, let's...

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Creative Freedom and How to Defend It.


Fireworks over the water

Vive la (R)evolution!July is the month we celebrate Freedom, both here in the USA and in my other home country France. Yesterday was Bastille Day, the day in 1789 when an angry crowd of Parisians stormed the Bastille. Only seven prisoners were released that day, but Quatorze Juillet initiated the French Revolution and the end of the monarchy in France.Freedom celebrations throughout the world are expressed with picnics and parades, fireworks and family. And it would be...

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Your Creative Freedom and How to Defend It


Fireworks over the water

Vive la (R)evolution!July is the month we celebrate Freedom, both here in the USA and in my other home country France. Yesterday was Bastille Day, the day in 1789 when an angry crowd of Parisians stormed the Bastille. Only seven prisoners were released that day, but Quatorze Juillet initiated the French Revolution and the end of the monarchy in France.Freedom celebrations throughout the world are expressed with picnics and parades, fireworks and family. And it would be...

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Beyond The Great Resignation… 5 Steps to Reinventing Yourself with Passion


Passion brought us here

Decades ago Coco Chanel spoke my future with these words:“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” I lived out Mlle Chanel’s words – cutting off all my long silky hair – when what I really wanted to do was change my relationship. Eventually, I did that too. And then my partner at the time and I both wrote songs about it!These are those kinds of times.One of my clients put it so simply in our last Creative Process Group: “I feel like I’m waiting on...

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The Gratitude Antidote… Appreciation is the Cure


Growing up in Texas, I knew that every Thanksgiving my mother, the clear and present matriarch of the family, would end our meal with a single command. “Okay, now let’s go around the table and everyone say what you’re grateful for.” Eyes would roll. And the moans were audible. But out of deference to her (and because we didn’t really have a choice) we conceded. I was in my mid-30s before I began to appreciate this ritual. My father died the next year. And my mother was gone...

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Learning to Be Brave. Conversations that Heal.


Like you, I imagine, I’ve been having conversations. Asking questions. Trying to understand. I’ve been saying that we need safe spaces where these conversations can be held, so the truth can emerge through our deeply socialized defenses. “Safe spaces for deep conversations are hard to come by.” So the other day, I was speaking with an amazingly smart and creative friend who told me that she doesn’t believe in safe spaces. Rather she said she believes in brave spaces. This...

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