Living with Resilience: Flying Lessons

I was drawn to paragliding for years so when Tim, a good friend and experienced pilot, offered to take me, I said yes immediately. I’m really not a daredevil, but there was something about the freedom of being in the air, above all the noise and chaos that really attracted me. As we stood on…

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Living with Resilience: Self-Leadership

Monkey status see, hear, speak no evil

Before I gave a webinar to nurse residents last month on work-life balance, I asked them about their biggest challenges. 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…

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Living with Resilience: Our Resistance to COVID

Diane hiking during COVID

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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Recovery with Resilience: Restore

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 on travel, social interactions, and resources, leading to what a CNO said recently, feels like one very…

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COVID Recovery: 10 Things I Am Learning

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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Are You in Resistance or Resilience?

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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The Lighter Side of Resilience

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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Resilience Takes Time

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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What Are You “Over”?

Frog on branch what are you over

There is nothing like time away to give you a 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…

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3 Steps to Self-Compassion

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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