Rejection... ugh

How many times has someone told you "no" in your lifetime? If you're like me, especially over the last few years, A LOT! No's hurt, they sting. As I built my business, I kept track of EVERY single conversation I had with a potential client. And for SO long, the number of no's was astounding. I mean, like 10x more no's than yes!!!! It was rough...

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Do you believe?

You want a change... whether it's about making more money, getting to the next level at work, making a bigger impact on the world, being respected by your coworkers, etc... But do you truly believe, deep in your heart, clear in your mind, you can achieve what you want? Do you have a vision of what that looks and feels like?

If yes, awesome. Otherwise, follow this 3 step process to make sure you're set up for success.

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Burned... out...

This week, I'm talking about burnout. It's been a few months since we last talked about it, and as we all entered 2018, we had high hopes, renewed energy and goals we wanted to accomplish. Maybe it was weight loss, drinking more water, taking time to reflect and plan our weeks, visit family more often, etc...

Whatever it was, setting and achieving the goals is awesome; feeling like you're missing the mark is not. It doesn't feel good. It gives us a sense of not being good enough. A feeling of hopelessness, failure, maybe laziness, or a lack of willpower.

I'm here to tell you, you've got it all reversed. You most definitely are none of these things! You're indeed the exact opposite.

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Wanting more, But feeling Shame and Guilt?

There can be so much shame, guilt and uncertainty around wanting more in life (and if you know me, you know I'm not talking from a material possession standpoint)... 

But why then, when something deep in your gut/soul/intuition (whatever you want to call that voice) tells you there's something bigger, more impactful, exciting, meaningful, purposeful out there for you, do you experience such discomfort?
 

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Privilege, Gratitude and Your Greatest Gifts

Last week, I was on a burnout prevention and boundary setting panel and received an unexpected question, perfect timing for the beginning of the holiday season. A young woman raised her hand and asked the group, "How do you handle the guilt of privilege, and only being able to help privileged people in your work?"

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Get Off The Hamster Wheel

Burnout is real. Whether it's physical, mental or emotional, it's not fun. I don't know anyone wouldn't sign up for a burnout immunity vaccine (even if it had side effects, lol!).  

I went through MANY burn outs in college and corporate America, but now, three years into entrepreneurship, a profession that some would say is most well-known for burnout, I've maintained my energy (yes, I still get sick, I'm human) and am still excited (if not more excited about my work). So, what changed? 

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How "connected" Are We, Really? (3-Mins)

In the age of constantly being "connected," statistics show that loneliness levels have more than doubled since the 1980's. Loneliness affects us mentally, emotionally and physically; in other words, life expectancy declines as loneliness rates increase. These statistics confirm that humans NEED real, meaningful connection, not only to thrive, but, most importantly, to survive.

So why, if we're constantly connected, are we so lonely?

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Me Too... but what now? (4-min Read)

We need LIGHT NOW to encourage healing and change!  And for the first time in my life, despite the moments of hurt, the pain I've experienced (and processed), the pain I see others going through while we witness a devastating, but unsurprising, reality in the #MeToo movement***, I'm not afraid to be authentic about how frickin' awesome life can be. I feel called to express this joy as a way to bring light to a dark week, but also to highlight that authenticity fuels change where we need it most. 

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#GenuineVibesOnly (4min Read + Audio)

Leading with positivity, optimism, love, and joy are a super important part of living a full, meaningful life. However, we are human, designed to experience a full range of emotions. It can even be harmful to our mental health and overall wellbeing to only express positive emotions.

I've spent a lot of time learning how to express my full range of genuine emotions. Smacking a smile on my face came very easy for me, but emotions like anger, sadness, frustration, disappointment, etc... were more difficult. I was the type to say "yes" to too much and bottle it all up until I was about to explode. I'm still a work in progress, but let's just say, a mindfulness practice is VERY worth the time (and the financial investment too)!

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Choosing Love in a time of fear - 4mins read

Tuesday night... Idea Potluck in Chicago. 6 minutes. 8 speakers. I was nervous. I was sharing something new, something that made me feel vulnerable... it felt really big for me - imposter syndrome popped up: who are you to speak about this topic? What do you know about fear and love? But I took a giant deep breath, focused on all that I do know, how I feel called to share this, and went for it. It was fantastic - the crowd's applause made me feel so alive and supported. I hope you enjoy it:

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost (3 Min Read + Audio)

A good quote, questionable who said it first (JRR Tolkien seems to be the winner on Google), but, nonetheless, fitting for my post this week.

Feeling "lost" is uncomfortable. The thought of sharing this out loud with another person is even worse to think about, especially when it appears that everyone has this thing called life all figured out. So we sit in our discomfort and assume that we're the only ones who feel it.

What's ironic is, feeling lost, overwhelmed, uncertain, chaotic, disoriented, purposeless, whatever you want to call it, is a shared human experience. We ALL feel it at given times in our lives. Life is unpredictable and throws us curveballs into situations we can't possibly know how to navigate on our own.

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