I spent this afternoon working on a series of Happy Hour Conversations at my friend Stephanie's (stay tuned). Her sweet kitty Ti Moune sat in my lap giving me a look, her white paws curled on my leg.
"I love your white footsies," I cooed into her unflinching expression as she purred and purred and purred. "I'm going to call you Socks," I baby-talked in my slobbery-est voice. "Because I can't remember your proper name." She purred and purred and purred.
Around the same time as the be-socked Ti Moune and I were cuddling, I received a text message from my friend and fellow lake-swimmer and arts-appreciator Susannah Iltis. It included this video about an elderly Canadian man who, as a new widower, started up a homespun enterprise of making socks for the homeless. He has a small staff that will charm your socks off (I couldn't resist!).
Sometimes it's the littlest things, like a cat with white socks purring in your lap. Or a video about someone who has turned his tough-luck life turn into a beautiful offering to the world.
Here's to small pleasures, purring cats, and warm feet. XO
This month is dedicated to Feeling Better in a Troubled World: Simple ways you can catch a breath and remember a bit of beauty when the news is getting you down. If you want to talk more about feeling better in troubled times, email me for a conversation at email@example.com . There's no need to feel alone! XO
The joy of -- yes! -- small talk. The absolute delight of talking to strangers. A new game unfolds, and a former "don't-talk-to-me" denizen of the world starts talking--to everyone.
"I'm figuring things out right now." Said that, heard that, thought it? STOP IT. Here's why, and a personal epiphany.
Running away, or moving towards? It's not the circumstances of your leaving you have to like as much a the REASON. There's a difference.
This is a story of how one line, "the lens through which you see your world" is sitting on my shoulder, and could be on yours too--like a parrot on a pirate, matey!
This is a personal story about how I turned "exercise" into a community of friends and family I couldn't have imagined. How community transforms what we call "exercise" into beauty and meaning.
Here's a question I get a lot: "What is coaching?" Here's an answer of a philosophical nature, including my favorite quote, a quick snapshot of the client-coach relationship and seven personal beliefs.
If you feel bad about feeling bad--don't waste your time or energy. It's like managing the weather.
Failure is necessary to reaching those big bold beautiful visions. How do you fail well and fail often--without falling apart?
Sink into some cozy December reflection. See what you made in 2017. Get excited about a clean slate ahead. Go get 'em!
When you erect the antennae of curiosity, everything gets better.
Every day you can make a difference in the simplest way, with the smallest gesture. Go ahead, make someone's day!