November 23, 2018

Receiving an unsolicited invitation to speak at the University of Pennsylvania would be on my bucket list if I had one. If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list,” it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences...

September 6, 2018

StyleBlueprint: FACES of Memphis 

So now it was clear to me....
Living the life of your dreams does not automatically extinguish the pain of living a nightmare.

That’s the revelation I had after learning of the suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. In my book, Store...

April 28, 2018

I was more nervous driving up to the Newport Rhode Island home than I had been addressing an audience of 1,200 logistics professionals. My host put me up in the historic mansion, The Chanler at Cliff Walk. The accommodation, alone, intimidated me. 


As I rang the doorbel...

March 5, 2018




"Before women gained the right to vote in America many had never before considered their degraded status as anything but natural."

I read this in New York Times Bestseller, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant. “To degrade is to discredit and reg...

January 19, 2018

Knowing when you are "the crutch" in relationships and putting an end to it.
It was not easy admitting my relationships were unhealthy. It took even more courage to accept I was responsible for the fact that I felt so used. Crutches have a function. When they are not n...

January 19, 2018


 




Raise your hand if you have ever found yourself doing something, in your heart, you didn’t want to but you felt your commitment to love or serve others required you to. Of course I have both hands waving in the air. I threw a foot up too.

I am on a 6am flight I should...

December 6, 2017

"The reason I said yes is because I was tired of being afraid", Michelle Obama told a crowd in 2007, explaining why she signed onto her husband's long shot presidential campaign.

In July 2016, I learned what it meant to be "tired of being afraid". I became a certified...

November 17, 2017

How did this become my reality?

I rode the Perurail train, with panoramic views, across the Andes region of western South America. This was a trip of a lifetime to one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Periodically, between staring out at the untouched villages and ancien...

November 13, 2016

As I watch Kai, "The Content and Focused Four Year Old", playing in the sand, I have such appreciation for this moment. But I know that true gratitude isn't just appreciating the pleasantries. It means embracing all of the moments. Even as he's yelling at me while I'm...

October 13, 2016

Laughter helped me open my heart to a guy I never thought I would ever see as more than a friend so I absolutely agree with the connection between laughing and joy. On day that I feel poorly, am stressed or sad, I make an additional effort to smile at everyone I see. R...

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