Thought Bubble Sandwich


It’s time again for my end-of-the-week Feedback Sandwich*. They’re transforming how I think about my week. It’s like a pat on the back, wrapped around a wish. Totally magic. Please, join in and make yourself a sandwich in the comments! Sparkles and Email

I have tossed around a bit more glitter this week. Letting . . . → keep reading

One of my Best Climbs AND One of my Worst Climbs

Shannon Wilkinson on the summit of Mt. Hood

At 5:00 am last Saturday morning, I was standing on the summit of Mt. Hood watching the sun rise over the horizon. The brilliant orange sky silhouetted Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier in the distance. It was my third successful climb of the mountain, and I’m sure, regardless of how many more times I reach . . . → keep reading

I’ll have a Nap Sandwich please


Last week I introduced the Feedback Sandwich* to end my week. I’m happy to report back that it made a big difference in how this week went. It’s like a pat on the back, wrapped around a wish. Totally magic.

This week I’m ordering up a Nap Sandwich.

Last week, the stretch or meat portion . . . → keep reading

Hungry for change? Try a Feedback Sandwich.


Last week I wrote about riding my first 100+ mile bike ride.

Guess what? I did it! I survived the ride and even made my goal time (eight hours total – seven hours riding time).

It’s funny, how after you do something that feels so monumental, everything just goes back to normal. Well, except . . . → keep reading

Screwing up and Apples, Oranges and Business


I was so excited to be a part of Maryann’s first Society of the Secret Playdate membership session. I took part in a couple of her free one’s and loved the insights I had about playing for productivity.

The first playdate was in my calendar, I was thinking about what I wanted to work on . . . → keep reading

Is it a lifelong dream?

Hundreds of Bikes on Road

Tomorrow I’ll be riding my bike over 100 miles from Portland to Pacific City on the Oregon Coast, as part of the annual event, Reach the Beach.

Someone asked me if finishing a century (100 mile bike ride) has been a lifelong dream of mine. The answer surprised them.


No. You know why? It . . . → keep reading

Playing for Productivity

Mindmap Magic from Society of the Secret Playdate

Mindmap Magic from my Secret Playdate

Yesterday I participated in one of Maryann Devine’s Society of the Secret Playdate sample calls. (There’s one more left on May 14th. Go get signed up, I’ll wait.)

The idea of the Playdate is that you shift gears from traditional ways of working on projects and bring an . . . → keep reading

Less angst. More action.

Less crisis. More change. Hey there, brilliant one.

I’m Shannon Wilkinson, the not-so-mad genius behind Perception Studios. I’m a life coach, teacher, writer + summit seeker based in Portland. Want to know my soul’s calling — and lifelong obsession? In a word: CHANGE.

Most of us think change equals angst, pressure and force. Me? . . . → keep reading

Why Resolutions Don’t Work (and How To Get What You Want Anyway) Now with a workbook!


It’s not just that time of year again, it’s also that time of year again.

Where do you fall on the New Year’s Resolution Continuum?

(statistics from 2008 survey by Opinion Corporation of Princeton, NJ)

If you fall in that big middle group (or have drifted into the no resolutions group due to disappointment) . . . → keep reading

Finding Freedom


Since I talked about feeling disconnected after being unplugged from my business for a day or two, I’ve been trying out different things that help me come Monday morning.

I tried the ideas recommended by wise commenters Janine Adams and Kelly Parkinson. I talked to my special advisor Kat. I tried time management and . . . → keep reading