Landmines Amongst the Jimmy Choos

 In third grade at Ladue Elementary, Bryan Kratky gave up chocolate for Lent and stuck to it.            I used to wonder why I have never forgotten this funky, niggling factoid. Why remember Bryan, first AND last name, when the rest of my class – other than our teacher, Miss Storer, who could whistle Happy Birthday – were a mystery by middle school?...more
Great question! My answer is No, it's not cheating if you shop for others. Think about it... ...more

Advice for Any Situation: 13 Posts for 2014

The start of a new year is like Christmas for life coaches.  Resolutions are made, gym memberships purchased and a sense of optimism and hope is in the air.And even though most resolutions don’t survive January, the feeling of inspiration and excitement for the future is something worth keeping all year long.So to motivate you through the cold winter months and beyond, I’ve assembled my 13 favorite inspirational blog posts from 2013 to send you on your way well into 2014....more

Day 5: Belief

     There are not too many things I don't believe in.  One of the only things I can think of right now I don't believe in is hell.     I was raised Catholic and never resonated with that religion or any of the Christian faiths.  I believe in the wisdom of the soul and that we each should follow that wisdom wherever it leads us.  For some, it will most definitely lead them to Christianity and I honor those who are strongly committed to that path.  ...more

Daughter, Make Mistakes!

She is crying, my 14-year-old daughter, on the sidewalk in front of our house. This is where we met when I returned from my almost-anxious walk to her school a few blocks away to look for her. She did not come home after practice as expected. My walk back – knowing she wasn’t at home or at school—was not fun. “It was a mistake!” she insisted. “I am sorry and it won’t happen again…” ...more

The Vulnerability Of Exposing Your Dark Side

To expose our wounds to people we care about – the icky stuff, the ego stuff, the personal growth edges we’re working on that we haven’t yet mastered – is super vulnerable. Letting others see our “big ugly tails” (hat tip to my dear friend Amy Ahlers, who has seen my big ugly tail and trusted me enough to let me see hers) tends to trigger all our core fears of rejection and abandonment, of withdrawal of love....more

Our Patchwork

This is my story.  I've been feeling a pull on my life to begin exploring things from the past and the present so I can clearly see my future.  Maybe it's a part of getting older, but I look at it more as a way of clearing the way.  Pushing through the muck and seeing that it all is really there for a reason.  All of it.  The amazingly joyful times and the times that are saddening....more

Learning to Take the Risk to Blossom

By Mary Hill"Anais Nin quote: 'And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.'"...more

Evidence of things not seen

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Organic Chemistry.  When I was first exposed to it, it baffled me.  The professor was retiring that semester and had a low tolerance for questions, the book assumed an understanding of nomenclature that was completely foreign to me and I spent a great deal of time interpreting what was said and not fully understanding anything.  I scraped by with a ‘D’ which was nowhere near good enough for a science major....more
@ladyaylan Isn't it amazing how being knocked down a time or two changes our perceptions?more

Don't let your limitations hold you back

When I was a sophomore in high school I enjoyed drawing.  I painstakingly copied characters from the Sunday funnies and images from magazines into my  drawing journal. One day I asked my high school art teacher if she would look at my drawings.  She agreed.  I brought them to her the following day.  She silently looked through them and then said to the whole class, as I stood next to her desk, that copying cartoon characters and magazine images WAS NOT ART....more

Debbie Ford, Spiritual Leader & Transformational Teacher, Dead at 57

This week, the world lost a truly transformational leader as Debbie Ford passed away, losing her battle with cancer at the age of 57. Debbie was a New York Times bestselling author, teacher, trainer, and internationally recognized expert in personal transformation. Yet it's not the accolades that I mourn and celebrate today. ...more
She sounds truly remarkable. I am also of the mind that we need to explore the dark side in ...more