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When I was hungry… A lesson in caring for one another

There’s a photo in my office of my grandfather. It’s a copy of a picture that used to hang in my grandmother’s apartment when we were kids. A Greek immigrant to the United States, my grandfather is pictured standing proudly in the diner he owned. There’s a customer at the counter enjoying his coffee, and [...]

By |2020-01-20T08:34:44-06:00January 17th, 2020|

Act Like You Belong Here (Even When You Feel Like You Don’t)

Just before the police walked through the door, he told me, “Act like you belong here.”  Those words of wisdom were given to a 19-year-old version of myself by my friend Daryl. The house party we were at had gotten out of hand, and the police would be walking through the door any second. People [...]

By |2020-01-17T09:20:34-06:00January 17th, 2020|

Five Things You Should Be Asking For (And No, You’re Not Being Selfish)

"You don’t have because you don’t ask."  Hearing those words was a gut-check for me. In looking ahead toward the things I’m working toward in the next months and years, there’s nothing on my list that I can do alone. That flies in the face of my natural tendency to try and do everything on [...]

By |2020-01-12T14:53:02-06:00January 12th, 2020|

Believe. Trust. Do.

There are three words that I haven't been able to get out of my head for the last two months, Believe, Trust, Do. I've spent a ton of time in my head reflecting on how these three words are connected, and more important, what we're supposed to do with them. Starting a brand new year with wide-open [...]

By |2020-01-02T08:31:34-06:00January 1st, 2020|

Goal-Setting 2020… A Simple Process for Achieving Anything

In just a few days it will be Christmas. That puts us one week away from the beginning of 2020. For many of us, this represents our opportunity to set New Year’s resolutions, which are generally successful through about February before they fall apart. The promises we make to ourselves are usually blurry and not [...]

By |2019-12-22T17:32:02-06:00December 22nd, 2019|

100 Ways to Fuel Intentional Gratitude

It’s November, and Thanksgiving is one week away. As we approach next Thursday, gratitude should be top of mind, but sometimes we’re just too busy. There are so many distractions and so much noise in our lives. Politically, we’re more divided than ever, and the news is filled with things like impeachment, shootings, and hurt. [...]

By |2019-11-22T09:56:04-06:00November 22nd, 2019|