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March 17, 2009...

In flipping through the journal notes I wrote of last week's trip to Great Britain, I was given the chance to smile. Again.

One of the greatest rewards of my trip was how many amazing people I met. There was Arno the flight attendant from Holland, Nelson the businessman from Nigeria, and Darren, the international artist who created amazing sculptures out of surfboards. And those people were only the ones that I met on the returning flight back to the states!

Cathedrals and Castles

March 16, 2009...

This past weekend, I returned from a trip to Great Britain. As a reward for finishing my last book, I wanted to give myself an "Atta' boy!" Celebrating our successes is important. It's what gets us through more challenging times when victories seem slower in coming.

Garbage out...self-mastery in

March 5, 2009...

I love running on the beach. It is exhilarating, idea generating and empowering. It's always a highlight of my day. Every once in awhile, however, the ocean really throws back onto the beach all the garbage we have so carelessly thrown into it. And on those days, I cringe and my run is far less enjoyable. It hurts to see what we are doing close-up to the earth.

But...it also serves as a lesson.

"Kid School"

February 28, 2009...

The other day I splashed through rain puddles. And it was fun. Forget the fact that my shoes got soaked all the way through to my socks. Forget the fact that I am 46.

Do remember that it was completely liberating.

Be your own pace-setter

February 20, 2009...

A few months ago, I was doing my normal running thing on the beach. I was feeling pretty darn fantastic pushing myself at a comfortable pace when all of a sudden I was startled by a runner who blew past me. At first, I was inspired to try and match this runner's pace. I even duplicated his sand print strides in my effort to match his much faster speed.

"I can do that, too!"

And then I got tired. And then I stopped. And then I walked.

A lesson from an UNsubscriber

February 12, 2009...

Recently, I had a subscriber to my weekly M.A.P. to Success Circle! newsletter UNsubscribe. That's not the way things are supposed to work. What's supposed to happen is that each reader finds a valuable nugget, and then forwards the newsletter on to others who might benefit as well.

But again...it didn't work like that.

A Bee's Sting

February 2, 2009...

Have you ever been stung by a bee?

Those of us that have definitely know that this little insect can certainly carry quite the big-time "OUCH!". I was reminded today of that ouch feeling. Except it wasn't a bee. And it wasn't physical.

It was a mental sting.

UNwritten....

January 22, 2009...

I'm one of those people that have a hard time focusing on the lyrics of entire songs. I start out listening to the words closely, but it seems before long, I am captivated by an idea or phrase sparked by the singer. It happened recently.

I was listening to a song by Natasha Bedingfield called Unwritten. I can't even begin to tell you what the song is about, but I can tell you that single word sent my brain spinning.

"Unwritten." 

My "Best Self."

December 23, 2008...

Of course, we all know 'tis the season of cheer and goodwill. It's that special two week period each year when we bring out our "best self" to life's party. We give presents. We send cards out by the dozens to people we rarely talk to during the year. We smile bigger, greet people more happily, and occasionally can even be seen wearing that silly red and white Santa cap.

But unfortunately, once the decorations come down, it seems like our "best self" gets boxed away, too.

C-o-l-d before h-o-t.

December 15, 2008...

Let me start off by saying that I am lucky. In fact, everyone who lives in southern California is lucky at this time of the year. Sure, our perfect weather is a "little-less perfect" right now...but "Whoa, Nelly!"...let's be realistic! When we see on the news what our friends in other places of this great big country are experiencing, then we need to count our blessings.

But still, I want to write about being c-o-l-d.

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