On Living in a Life-Filled Setting

It can be difficult to live “wild and free.” Writer Heidi Oran challenges us, no matter our circumstances, to make our world a life-filled setting.

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Are You Taking This For Granted?

Life zips by and it’s easy to forget all the incredible things we’ve been given. Now’s the time to stop and ask yourself, are you taking this for granted? It’s never to late to appreciate what’s around you.

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What Are Your Words of Intention and Action?

Chris Brogan, a writer and business coach, begins each year with three words. The three words provide a focus for the next 12 months. While some jot down resolutions, others may compose intentions for the new year. Different approaches work for different people, but the thing I like about the three-word approach is you can…

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Career Chapters: The Next One

My career life has chapters. I didn’t initially realize this until I made a career shift over twenty years ago. After this change, I began thinking about what would be next, especially as I got closer to the other end of the age spectrum. Thinking about your career life in terms of chapters helps living…

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A Short Essay on Graduating and Remembering

May is a season of looking ahead and remembering the past. Graduating from school opens a new platform from which to serve.

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Why Being a Good Observer Matters

Self-awareness is a trait of any good leader. Being a good leader requires being a good observer. Being a good observer is more than just self-awareness.

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Always, Always Entangle Purpose with Life Work

Have you ever picked up a book because of a few quick social clips you see? I have, and the latest one resonated within the prairies of my mind. When Breath Becomes Air is the story of a neurosurgeon who often thought about what career would deliver the most meaning with his life. Although he…

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How to Make Leadership Bloom

Spring opens us up to beauty. What was dormant turns to sprouts of growth. What was colorless becomes colorful. Possibility seems real again. Our eyes are opened to the beauty of what is ahead. Also ahead are the storms. Ushered in with the new blooms are the rains. While rains nourish, the fierceness of some…

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5 Things My 20-Something Self Should Do, 30 Years Later

Most days as a 50-something I feel more like a 20-something. The difference is a few wrinkles and hindsight. Nothing mentors better than shared experiences. (tweet to share) Part of the reason why I feel like a 20-something is because of what I have learned from Generation Y (aka Millennials). And the reason for this…

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Your Life Quest: Doing. Stopping. Feeling.

The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis continued its crescendo climb this past week. Although my tangible presence was less, my mind and thoughts were active in the questions of what makes your heart leap, what do you need to stop doing, and what emotional window are you willing to open as you do…

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Two Principles for A Life Well Lived

Earlier this summer, I visited my parents in South Dakota. We usually go out to the farm and visit relatives along the way. Visiting our mostly vacant farm still stirs an emotion of what was once there and what remains in our hearts. Part of our tour took us to the graveyard in Bowdle, visiting…

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The Marriage of Meaning and Happiness

“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” Viktor Frankl We want to be happy, find our purpose, and live a life of meaning. We want to change the world. If Millennials had a slogan, I’m certain this would be it. Happiness, purpose and meaning are top priority for our generation. I am no exception….

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