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Before I gave a webinar to nurse residents last month on work-life balance I asked them their biggest challenge. They all shared a similar theme: the ability to leave work at work, without agonizing about what they didn’t know, get done, or anticipate. They want what we all want, to feel good about ourselves and…

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Image of Diane hiking

When the pandemic became apparent to most of us in early March, we had no idea of the long-term implications it would have on virtually every aspect of our lives physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Four months later, there is no waiting for our new normal, because it is here. I have observed and experienced…

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Last year at this time I wrote about the need for recovery as I experienced a full speaking schedule, a lot of travel, and planning my wedding! Today we are experiencing different reasons for needing recovery with limitations of travel, social interactions and resources, leading to what a CNO said recently, feels like one very…

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Bear with cub

My first hike after two months of quarantine was sheer bliss with babbling brooks, bursts of wildflowers and—bears! So grateful to be outdoors enjoying my favorite activity, I stopped to take in the view when another hiker pointed to a mama bear and her baby cub in the meadow below. If I had not taken…

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Word no to represent resistance to esilience

There is nothing more potent than experiencing something firsthand when you are writing about it. When I got serious about writing my book, (instead of just talking about writing my book), I experienced an unbelievable amount of resistance. This of course was perfect since we can’t cultivate resilience without resistance. Resistance is the conflict and…

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Mountain cabin for writing retreat

I started my new year spending 5 days with a dear friend on a writing retreat in the mountains. It was ideal in so many ways. Besides having uninterrupted space and time to write in a beautiful cabin, we experienced camaraderie and support for our writing projects. I so appreciated the relaxed and free spirit…

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OneTeam Leadership Retreat Group

Why are we all in such a rush? That was my opening line in 2002 when I wrote my first book, STOP Living Life Like an EMERGENCY! and I think it has even more relevance today. Last month I had the opportunity to participate in the OneTeam Leadership Retreat. While it was a real treat…

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Frog on branch what are you over

There is nothing like time away to give you great perspective on your life. Our honeymoon was my first visit to Kauai, a long-time bucket list destination, and I was very impressed by the beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, and the slow pace of the “garden island”.   After lots of rest, great food, and awesome…

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4Runner steps to self-compassion

I bought a brand new Toyota 4Runner in January this year. In August, I came to the conclusion it was too big for me and decided to sell it. Two days later, I backed into another car after yoga class–oops! (which is NOT exactly the sentiment I shared when this happened). The good news is,…

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Diane and Neil's Wedding

Commitment has been top of mind for me lately, especially since I got married in July!   While Neil and I have been partners for the last 13 years, getting married is another level of commitment and one we took very seriously. My biggest concern was that things would change after getting married and since we…

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