Embracing Light: Having the Courage to Want

“What do you want?  If you don’t know what you want, be prepared to be depressed; it goes with the territory. Wanting takes courage.” —Marshall Rosenberg I’ve been playing around with wanting this spring and early summer; giving myself permission to want. I had forgotten how  empowering it is to want. To really listen to what […]

7 Tips for Navigating Conflict in Intimate Relationships

I get suspicious of couples who say they never have conflict; that everything is always hunky dory.  The truth as I know it? Couples have conflicts.  More specifically, when the level of commitment increases in any relationship (intimate partnerships, friendships, even promotions at work), so does the level of conflict.  It’s often temporary, but it’s […]

Putting Yourself at the Center

For the last 3-4 years, I have gathered weekly with a group of women for what the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) community would call an “Empathy Group”.  Essentially, we hold space for each other to explore what’s alive in us, name the universal needs that are not met, savor them, and allow strategies to emerge that […]

Winter Solstice: Light Emerging

  Ok.  I admit it.  I LIKE the holiday season.  I mean really, really like it! I play Christmas carols and sing to them, decorate the house, prepare a big Christmas dinner, snuggle by the fire with my sweetie and kitties, watch Miracle on 34th Street and other oldies but goodies.  We went to see […]

My Work is My Work: A Dance with Simplicity & Integrity

Over the years I’ve discovered simplicity is satisfying, easeful and offers a clarity that helps me thrive. This year (2011), I’ve discovered a simplicity around the my offering to the world: my work is my work; no matter how I label it. When I work with someone, either in a long-term coaching relationship or simply […]