Toastmasters Empowers Through Communication

August Contemplation: Effective Communication—writing and speakingMonthly Post #4 Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. —Martin Luther King Jr. In the early 90s I lived in Dallas. It was here, in The Big D, that my boss highly recommended I join Toastmasters International, a public speaking organization that empowers throughContinue reading “Toastmasters Empowers Through Communication”

How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole

A true story with a few fuzzy details. July’s Contemplation: Keeping Cool in a Heated WorldMonthly Post #2 This week, for the first time ever, I used 4-wheel drive.  My moxie friend and I drove the family Wrangler to the beach and proceeded to bury its tires in the sand. I knew this bad assContinue reading “How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole”

One Year Post-Relaunch Recap (career re-entry for women)

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Relaunch Class 2 Graduates, April 30, 2019. *** Re·launch: a career re-entry program for professional women. I could give Relaunch a plug like a happy holiday letter, but this approach would not capture the full truth of this program. And it’s the full truth—that which includes the hard work and digging deep–thatContinue reading “One Year Post-Relaunch Recap (career re-entry for women)”

The Attitude Influence, Part 3

Conflict is like having car problems. I don’t think anybody rejoices when their vehicle gets a flat tire, or the engine light flashes, or the GPS doesn’t work. Car problems require time, money, and patience. And so it is with relationships too. Relationships, like cars, require care and maintenance, and sometimes they need time, money,Continue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 3”

The Attitude Influence, Part 2

I love that LeAnn talks about non-negotiables in her book. I unfortunately figured out my non-negotiables after going through a divorce. I realized after my marriage ended, that I had recognized (during my engagement) qualities in our relationship that I didn’t like. But because there were so many others that I loved and appreciated, I chalked upContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 2”

The Attitude Influence, Part 1

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou I recently read The Attitude Influence by LeAnn Shaw. It’s her first book. And it’s good. I can appreciate the process she went through to give life to her thoughts, wisdom, and to her words. She talks about choosing theContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 1”

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