“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself” ~Mark Messier
It was enough. I was lying in the bathtub with the water up to my nose when I realized that I couldn’t go on like I’d been going.
I had been working incredibly hard over the few months prior, so hard that I had forgotten why I was even doing it.… Read More
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis
Oh no, I’m too old for that. Not at my time of life. That ship has sailed.
I wonder if this sounds familiar to you. It does to me, and I’ve only just reached 30 years of age.… Read More
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell
Growing up in a family of medical professionals, I received an abundance of opportunities with the understanding that my “job” was school. There was immense pressure to bring home straight A’s.… Read More
“Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” ~Unknown
I was fired via email as my plane touched down at LAX.
I am not the kind of person who gets fired, who gets dismissed, who is asked to leave and is not welcomed back.
This was not my track record, no.… Read More
“There are no failures. Just experiences and your reactions to them.” ~Tom Krause
Ever found yourself working for a bad boss? I was shocked to learn recently that three out of every four people report that their boss is the most stressful part of their job; and that it takes most of us up to twenty-two months to free ourselves of them.… Read More
“The journey is the reward.” ~Chinese Proverb
When you set goals, you naturally focus on the result. If you pay attention to the desired achievement, you will discover the path to get there. However, the value you gain from achieving the goal isn’t just about the reward of accomplishment.
Once you achieve a significant goal, you will not be the same person you were when you set out on the journey.… Read More
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell
There are seemingly small events in life that, in retrospect, turn out to be the catalyst for cataclysmic transformation. Such was the case for me when my oldest child left home to pursue her passion as a ballet dancer.… Read More
“What you do have control over is how you react to what happens in your life.” ~Oprah
How vulnerable it is to care deeply.
Because, oh God—the white-hot shame of caring, and having your caring exposed when it doesn’t happen despite your best efforts?
The thing I wanted most since I was a little girl was to be a published writer.… Read More
“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.” ~Horace Mann
You’re destined for greatness. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You can be extraordinary.
Have you ever heard one of these motivating statements? I see them all the time around the web, and while I understand the intention, I sometimes have mixed feelings about the implication.… Read More
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses…The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” ~Bob Moawad
If we try, we can always find a reason not to do what we want to do—and it can seem perfectly valid.… Read More
“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.” ~William Hazlitt
As an American living and working abroad in Barcelona with only local Spanish and Catalan television, I often look to the Internet for entertainment when I have downtime. I particularly enjoy looking up songs I’ve heard on the radio.… Read More
“A person’s world is only as big as their heart.” ~Tanya A. Moore
I had a great boss. He was a creative spirit, just like me. He gave me total autonomy and creative license, and honestly, I did the best work of my career under his leadership.
I can remember coming to him with outlandish ideas—never-been-done-before ideas—and he would listen, and then we’d spend hours brainstorming on how to bring them to life.… Read More
“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan
Have you ever stopped to think about your definition of fear?
As my dear friend Mr. Webster states, fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
Simply put, I disagree with this definition of fear.… Read More
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard
A while back, I was invited to attend the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala. Focused on “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” the Asian Chamber of Commerce celebrated individuals who exemplified great leadership skills in the Houston community.… Read More
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Have you ever feared you’ll never excel at a skill or reach a goal you set? Have you ever judged yourself or your efforts as “not good enough,” creating a sense of paralysis?… Read More
“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do” ~Dhammapada
During the past couple of months I have been the recipient of some not so favorable reviews from a couple of music blogs regarding an album I recently released.… Read More
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu
I was around twelve years old as I sat in the career day presentation. I can’t remember one word that was said. It might as well have been the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons speaking in that esoteric adult language.… Read More
“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
It’s me. The one who keeps talking to you about that thing. That project. That possibility.
I know you think you couldn’t be the one for the job, but honestly, if you weren’t the one for the job, I wouldn’t have come to you with it.… Read More
“Your work is to discover your world and with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha
Let me paint a picture for you, instead of clouding this post with emotion. To be more specific, I think I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and even if I wanted to cloud it with emotion, I would probably fail to convey the correct ones.… Read More
“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~Pema Chodron
When working toward a goal becomes difficult, it’s hard to know whether to push or take a rest.
In my early twenties, living 3,000 miles away from home as a live-in nanny in a very different lifestyle became very stressful.… Read More