Wired for stories

Some years ago, my young family and I lived in Harlem.  One of the many things I loved about it were all the small businesses that dotted the brownstone lined streets. From the florist and cool hat shop (because if you can’t rock a hat in Harlem, where can you?), to the bakeries and restaurants, every business invited you into a unique experience, culture, and story. Serengeti Tea and Spices was a particular favorite of mine. The first time I…

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5 ways to communicate the value of what you do (and why you’re worth the big bucks)

As a business coach for creative business owners, I can honestly say most clients entering my practice aren’t charging enough. Not nearly enough. And I understand why. I remember a pricing conversation in my days as an agent for independent creatives with a prospective client that I’m sure will sound familiar. The prospect was a large national brand looking for an estimate for tagline development. When I quoted the fee, the woman on the end of the phone practically fell…

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A new chapter [inspiration + a step-by-step plan]

It’s January 20th, 2021 – Inauguration Day in the US and a new chapter has begun. And while I’m aware of the work ahead, I’m feeling SO much hope and gratitude. I hope you are too. As Joe Biden reeled off the crises (very much plural) this administration is inheriting, he talked about heart, intention, and purpose as much as he talked about policy and action. He spoke of how values, the right people, a clear plan, and consistent action…

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The life-changing practice of Morning Pages (and why you should do them too!)

A few years ago, my (then) six-year-old son, Teddy asked what I’d like for Christmas.  It seemed that the world and his wife had been recommending The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, so that’s what I asked for. Well, the book turned out to be very different from the quick little self-help, creativity-boosting read I’d imagined it would be. This was a deep dive into creativity, purpose, and smashing any blocks in the way! And being the personal-development fanatic I…

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First we integrate, then we kick butt

Have you noticed how challenges and setbacks either paralyze or galvanize you? I know I have. And it’s not an either/or scenario i.e. some people become paralyzed while others leap into meaningful action. Depending upon the day, minute, or unique circumstances, we vulnerable humans can experience the full spectrum of emotions. And to make things even more nuanced, it’s not linear. You don’t necessarily start out paralyzed and steadily move towards being galvanized. It’s a process. If you’ve found yourself…

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Who (or what) are you committed to? [pivotal moment alert!]

There’s no sugar coating it – challenging times are confronting and confusing. In the midst of such times (ahem, 2020, I’m looking at you!), one could be forgiven for thinking they’re in a never-ending (and not very fun) game of dodge the curve ball. If you’ve done any of the following this year: cried with frustration, fear, and anger felt judgement, even hatred towards people who think differently from you future-tripped all the way to a doomsday scenario (or three)…

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How great leaders inspire HOPE (and you can too!)

What qualities do tough times bring out in you?  What gets you through, maybe even stronger than before? For me, that quality has always been hope.  Defined by Wikipedia as “An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large,” hope is a powerful and nuanced emotion. Used well it can inspire, fortify, and sustain us through the toughest of times. Used…

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Do you have a Civic Power Profile? [Read to find yours!]

Have you ever taken a personality quiz or read your horoscope? (I bet you have!) I’ll admit it, I’m drawn to personality or archetype tools and practices – from astrology to my Enneagram type – like a moth to a flame 🔥. If there’s a resource that helps me gain insight into who I am, who I serve, and how I need to show up to in the world, sign me up! It’s probably the same reason a million dog-eared…

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5 ways to take inspired action during challenging times

If challenging times are a necessary catalyst for our growth and resilience, by anyone’s standards, we should all be in the best shape of our lives come 2021! Woweee, it’s been a year. And my friends, it ‘aint over yet.  As we head into the final months of this tumultuous year, you may well have a lot on your mind.  And if you’re anything like me, the pressing issues, large and small, become overwhelming if you’re not careful. So, careful…

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Are you REALLY willing to stand out from the crowd?

Have you ever thought to yourself Now, these are my people?  Do you remember the warm and fuzzy feeling that came from being seen, understood, and connected? Now think about what made you similar to those people and what made you different.  I’m willing to bet that even if your life experiences were very different, what connected you was remarkably similar. Am I right? For example, in the 10 years I’ve been a business coach for creative entrepreneurs, I’ve learned…

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