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The magic in showing gratitude

The magic in showing gratitude

November 18, 2021

Until a few years ago, I placed myself solidly in the “Christmas is the best holiday of the year” camp. For me, Thanksgiving was a stop on the way to Cookieville and Christmas Tree Town. But, as the promise of new toys became less interesting, I realized that Thanksgiving has its own kind of magic. It’s slow and subtle, but Thanksgiving reminds us all to stop and say thank you. To be grateful for what we have and what others give us. (And of course, to eat lots of mashed potatoes.)

Until a few years ago, I placed myself solidly in th...
Until a few years ago, I placed myself solidly in the "Christmas is the best holiday of the year" camp. For me, Thanksgiving was a stop on the way to...
Until a few years ago, I placed myself solidly in the "Christmas is the best holiday of the year" camp. For me, Thanksgiving was a stop on the way to Cookieville and Christmas Tree Town. But, as the promise of new toys became less interesting, I realized that Thanksgiving has its own kind of magic. It's slow and subtle, but Thanksgiving reminds us...
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The power in seeing people as people

The power in seeing people as people

November 11, 2021

Assuming you don’t see people as aliens or subhumans, you might be asking yourself, “What other way is there to see people besides people?” Well, when you are focused, obsessed, and absorbed with your own interests and activities, it’s likely that you are only thinking of the people around you as far as they impact you. Perhaps you see them as competition, or as a roadblock, or perhaps an ally. Basically, you see them as objects and not as the complex, thoughtful beings they are. And that’s a problem.

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Assuming you don't see people as aliens or subhumans, you might be asking yourself, "What other way is there to see people besides people?" Well, whe...
Assuming you don't see people as aliens or subhumans, you might be asking yourself, "What other way is there to see people besides people?" Well, when you are focused, obsessed, and absorbed with your own interests and activities, it's likely that you are only thinking of the people around you as far as they impact you. Perhaps you see them as com...
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5 listening techniques to improve your relationships

5 listening techniques to improve your relationships

September 30, 2021

Humans are narcissistic by nature. Prone to think about ourselves and our agenda, we occasionally find it difficult to sit still and listen to someone else.

Humans are narcissistic by nature. Prone to think abo...
Humans are narcissistic by nature. Prone to think about ourselves and our agenda, we occasionally find it difficult to sit still and listen to someone...
Humans are narcissistic by nature. Prone to think about ourselves and our agenda, we occasionally find it difficult to sit still and listen to someone else. ...
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What is managing up?

What is managing up?

September 2, 2021

Managing up sounded terrifying to me the first time I heard it. The second time too, if I’m being honest. I’m supposed to tell my manager what to do? Doesn’t that make them seem like bad leader? Who am I to tell her what she should or should not be doing? Well, turns out, that’s not what managing up is. (Phew.)

Managing up sounded terrifying to me the first time I...
Managing up sounded terrifying to me the first time I heard it. The second time too, if I’m being honest. I’m supposed to tell my manager what to ...
Managing up sounded terrifying to me the first time I heard it. The second time too, if I’m being honest. I’m supposed to tell my manager what to do? Doesn’t that make them seem like bad leader? Who am I to tell her what she should or should not be doing? Well, turns out, that’s not what managing up is. (Phew.)...
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Wabi-sabi: Accepting our imperfections

Wabi-sabi: Accepting our imperfections

July 15, 2021

Wabi-sabi can mean many things: an escape from the modern world’s obsession with perfection, a less is more mentality, authenticity. But overarchingly, according to Omar Itani, “it reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible.”

Wabi-sabi can mean many things: an escape from the mo...
Wabi-sabi can mean many things: an escape from the modern world's obsession with perfection, a less is more mentality, authenticity. But overarchingly...
Wabi-sabi can mean many things: an escape from the modern world's obsession with perfection, a less is more mentality, authenticity. But overarchingly, according to Omar Itani, "it reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible."...
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How to create change with habits

How to create change with habits

June 24, 2021

Many people think they need to make big sweeping changes to build the life they want. And sometimes, that’s true. But more often, it’s the small, subtle changes that make the biggest difference. The same goes for habits. Simple, achievable actions are the backbone of creating possibilities and making your goals a reality.

Many people think they need to make big sweeping chan...
Many people think they need to make big sweeping changes to build the life they want. And sometimes, that's true. But more often, it's the small, subt...
Many people think they need to make big sweeping changes to build the life they want. And sometimes, that's true. But more often, it's the small, subtle changes that make the biggest difference. The same goes for habits. Simple, achievable actions are the backbone of creating possibilities and making your goals a reality. ...
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Debunking common myths about youth leadership

Debunking common myths about youth leadership

April 5, 2021

Youth leadership is a fairly common phrase. But if you asked most people to describe youth leadership, I think they’d come up a little short. They would focus on how it helps the “smartest” kids with the “highest potential” build a conventionally successful future.

But as a high school teacher and advisor, I’ve seen firsthand how powerful leadership training for students can be when done in a way that speaks to everyone and focuses on becoming a leader from the inside out.

Youth leadership is a fairly common phrase. But if yo...
Youth leadership is a fairly common phrase. But if you asked most people to describe youth leadership, I think they’d come up a little short. They w...
Youth leadership is a fairly common phrase. But if you asked most people to describe youth leadership, I think they’d come up a little short. They would focus on how it helps the “smartest” kids with the “highest potential” build a conventionally successful future. But as a high school teacher and advisor, I’ve seen firsthand how power...
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The power of expectations

The power of expectations

April 1, 2021

Expectations are tricky things. Because of them, you can feel elated or disappointed by the same outcome. How do you want to feel?

Expectations are tricky things. Because of them, you ...
Expectations are tricky things. Because of them, you can feel elated or disappointed by the same outcome. How do you want to feel?...
Expectations are tricky things. Because of them, you can feel elated or disappointed by the same outcome. How do you want to feel?...
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Build a better relationship with your love language

Build a better relationship with your love language

February 18, 2021

Do you know your love language? The idea of a love language has become more and more popular in the last several years, and when one of my friends asked me what mine was, I didn’t know what to say.

Do you know your love language? The idea of a love la...
Do you know your love language? The idea of a love language has become more and more popular in the last several years, and when one of my friends ask...
Do you know your love language? The idea of a love language has become more and more popular in the last several years, and when one of my friends asked me what mine was, I didn't know what to say. ...
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