Less smart, More wise

At seven months pregnant, an acquaintance told me I’d never be as smart as I was before.  I’ve read research both confirming and contradicting that information.  They say incubating the baby takes a toll on your brain, diminishes capacity by 20% or so. ...

The only one who needs to know

Today, I’m writing as a reminder to myself. In early December 2010, I sat in my office at work.  Everything was quiet and I was on the phone with my coach.  He asked me, “are you going to be ready to leave and know that no one will notice”? ...
The Pursuit of Imperfection

The Pursuit of Imperfection

“Don’t wait until you know who you are to make things.” Steal Like An Artist (Austin Kleon) Ever since my self-diagnosis as a perfectionist, now recovering, everyday is a battle between getting out of my head and getting on to creating.  The voices...

Be Interested, Not Interesting

Last year,  I was invited to attend the Skoll Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, UK.  I was nearly drooling on myself the entire trans-Atlantic flight with excitement for meeting all of my social enterprise idols.  My duffle bag was packed with business-like,...
Where'd my Ladies Go?

Where'd my Ladies Go?

When I lived in Seattle, I received some amazing mentorship from the women surrounding me.  They were at my place of work, in my volunteer activities, and through my peer networks.  In fact, at that point in life, all of my mentorship was coming from women.  Combine...
Boxes & Circles: Breaking My Puppetmaster Behavior

Boxes & Circles: Breaking My Puppetmaster Behavior

My mom use to comment that I liked to put everything into a box.  From tasks to relationships, “Michele’s World” was a tidy place when everything was in its place.  This little puppetmaster routine manifested itself in a variety of ways throughout my...

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