Do You Expect to Keep All Your Teeth?

This is an actual question I once encountered on a dentist’s information sheet. Do I expect to keep all my teeth?  As a matter of fact, yes I do.  Doesn’t everyone?  Maybe, maybe not. I started to ask myself why it is that I expect to keep all my teeth.  I think about my parents, [...]

The Trouble with Hamster Goals

Ever find yourself chasing a goal for so long that you haven’t noticed you’re not making any progress? Maybe it’s losing ten pounds.  Or beating your sales quota.  Or saving for a trip to Hawaii. Whatever it is, it’s just not happening…for one reason or another. You’re a little like the proverbial hamster – running [...]

The Great Hobby/Talent Debate

Do you have a hobby? Something that you do in your leisure time for pleasure? Have you ever thought about making money from it? A lot of people worry that if they turn their hobby into a way to make a living, they will begin to hate their hobby. Very possible. Here’s what I think: [...]

Are You Only Awesome if You Win?

Sniff, sniff… This Saturday, my beloved Kansas Jayhawks lost in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Widely touted as being the best team in the entire country – they fell to a little-known school just a little further North — the University of Northern Iowa. Ah – but does one game decide [...]

"Ooooooo, Jenny….!"

I grew up in the 1960s in a crazily kid-laden neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whenever we wanted someone to come outside, we would go to the kid’s front door and call, “Ooooo, Vicki! (or Brian, or Beth or…)” and then someone in their family would come to the door and we would ask, “Can Vicki [...]

Woooo Hoooo !!!!!

Stop Hiding From Your Dreams!!! What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Whether you’re in your 30s, 40s or 50s, it’s not too late to find the perfect work for you! If you’ve been unhappy in your worklife for far too long…if you’re struggling to find the answer on your own…if you’ve [...]

Is Talk Cheap – or a Pot of Gold?

People, in general, do a lot of talking. But are they really saying anything? I just got off the phone with a client who casually began a sentence with, “Thich Nhat Hahn talks about being a warrior…” Interesting. If someone began a sentence like that with your name, what would they say you talk about? [...]

The Bad Idea Parade

Are you ever afraid to have bad ideas? Well, you just might want to get over it! I read recently that it can take hundreds of bad ideas to uncover one Truly Great Idea. (Sounds a little like dating, doesn’t it?) You want to have good ideas, don’t you?  I know that I do.  Recently, [...]

Dust Bunny Dreams

It’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny pre-spring day in Portland, OR I fling open my doors and windows to encourage the cleansing breeze. Like a really bad horror movie, I turn in slow motion, just-in-time to see… The world’s largest tumbleweed of a dust bunny come rolling out from underneath my beautifully handcarved Hope Chest. The symbolism [...]

I Got the "No Time / No Money" Bluuuuuuuessssss

Do you ever sing this tune? I bet you do.  Think about a time or two when you’ve been presented with an opportunity, and you say “Gee, I’d really, really  like to do whatever it is,” but then you say, “I don’t have the money,” or, “I don’t have the time.” But is that really [...]