Open Your Mouth, Heal Your Soul

A few weeks ago I witnessed some of the most powerful women I’d ever seen on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Along with 350 others, I had the honor to watch souls heal in front of my eyes, all through the personal power of their voice.The event was sparked by an unusual collaboration of arts and social service nonprofits creating the opportunity for fifteen women recovering from abuse, addiction and poverty that so many of us can’t even imagine. Clients of N Street Village, the Theater Lab and the Kennedy Center came together to produce 90 minutes of soul-wrenching monologues woven together with short plays that, together, told the hopeful story of recovery and strength....more

Cross Post: Recovery Friends and Cable Guys

I thought I lost my pain…but it found out where I was hiding. -Michele Whitney...more
MIchele, I do agree that having recovery friends do help. As you discovered thru your findings, ...more

The Power of Joy

 Is a secret to personal power sitting right under your nose? It was mine. I grew up a negative, cynical kid, and it wasn’t until relative adulthood that I discovered the ability for simple joy to help me find my power in otherwise powerless situations – mostly, but not only, on the job....more

Why Is Speaking Truth To Power So Hard?

I have read several blogs of late that encourage aspiring leaders to speak their mind with some version of “CEOs say they want people to tell them the truth”....more

Giving Away Your Personal Power – And Taking It Back

This is the second post in the Take Back Your Power series of post...more

False Buttons: What If There IS Something You Can Do About It

A few months back I was with a friend who was telling me about all the problems she was facing in life, which were overwhelming. The problems ranged from financial to medical and were affecting her whole family, including her parents and her children. She concluded her part of the conversation with this statement: "But, there's nothing I can really do about it." I looked at her and said, "What if that's a lie?" ...more

It's so hard to catch because it is a knee-jerk reation at the gut level. I had to pay such ...more

Taking Action to Reduce Stress

We're all familiar with stress. We know the symptoms; headaches, stomach upset, sleepless nights, irritability. And we know the causes; marital problems, job issues, parenting challenges oh, and I almost forgot a crashing stock market, a failing economy and a rapidly disappearing faith in a financially secure future. ...more