Playback: Life is Like a Spin Class

Shannon's Specialized Dolce Road Bike

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This was originally posted over six years ago. Last night I returned to spin class for the first time since the great concussion of 2013. While I’m not really starting over, it . . . → keep reading

In Praise of Praise


Earlier this week I received the most delightful postcard in the mail. It was embellished and customized just for me. It came from one of my adored clients, Pamela Malo.

Receiving this message lit me up! And, it got me thinking, who have I not praised on paper, despite my deep gratitude?

A short list . . . → keep reading

That other life-changing thing that I probably haven’t told you about – and a chance to do good


Remember when I shared with you how envy brought me to coaching? Part of the reason I could hear what the envy had to tell me was that I was looking for something different. I knew something wasn’t right, but I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I’d known something wasn’t right for awhile. . . . → keep reading

Playback: Taking It Easy Is Not Rest


If you get my monthly rolling invitations* you know that I’ve been recuperating from yet another concussion. Since this is my third annual concussion, and they’re cumulative, it’s worth being very conservative. I’m also still dealing with the symptoms that led to me fainting in the first place. Which all adds up to needing loads . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #46

A gorgeous passionflower.

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week. Plus a few of my favorite photos I snapped during the week. Sometimes, they’re even relevant.

The Good

Video. I started playing with the new video option on Instagram. I’ve seen a lot of bad video’s showing up, . . . → keep reading

Choosing Choice, Creating Options


There are times when you want things to be automatic. When you know a habit or routine supports you, makes things easier. When you don’t want to think, you just want to do the thing.

And then, there’s the other 23 hours of your day.

Especially all the time spent responding automatically, when in fact . . . → keep reading

And now for something completely different


Remember that amazing writing workshop I went to last December? One of the things the lovely Alexandra Franzen did was give us a writing prompt in the form of a tarot card. She showed us the card, gave a quick description and then we had to dash off a poem in a few minutes . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #45 – Flower, Flower, Flour


A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week. Plus a few of my favorite photos taken during the week. Sometimes, they’re even relevant.

The Good

Restoring Nature. In my part of Portland, there’s an area called Baltimore Woods. It’s 40 acres of land that being reclaimed . . . → keep reading

Serendipity Is Where You Look For It


This afternoon I sat down to write a blog post, but my mind was empty. Or rather, every idea that came to mind was quickly dismissed. So, I decided to shift my perspective and take a walk. I might get an idea while out in the world. If nothing else, the walk would be a . . . → keep reading

The Secret Power of Envy

I have a confession to make. Some of the most amazing things I’ve done in my life were motivated by envy.

This has been on my mind recently because that’s what motivated me ten years ago this month, to change careers and become a life coach. Not exactly auspicious beginnings for such a career, but . . . → keep reading