100 Word Reflections – Stress and Self Awareness

In the face of stress and disorganization I go silent to find strength, to give me some space.   I get quiet.  I get calm.  I am thinking about implications, about next steps, about actions, about relationships, about who I need in this moment, about what will support me, about what I can do and…

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100 Word Reflections – Passion and Preparation

I gave a speech a week ago. I had passion about something, expressed it and hoped that passion would carry the day. In some ways it did. While preparation and knowledge are not substitutes for passion, neither is passion diminished by preparation. But that’s what I was thinking. I was thinking I knew exactly what…

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What do you really do with it?

I’ve been reading Chris Brogan and Seth and Jon and Darren and Marc for awhile now.  Each site is wonderful and unique and keeps me coming back for different reasons. Recently I have been following Jon’s posts about deliberate practice.  It’s one of his three words along with focus and something else and yes, he…

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“I’m looking for work”

I was sitting in my office the other day and through my window saw a gentleman walking around outside our building.  He was in his late fifties and due to the fact that part of the building we are in is empty, he was wandering from door to locked door looking for an entrance. I…

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5 years

I’m coming up on my five year anniversary in my position as Executive Director of a social service non-profit in Maine which serves children and families. Truth be told it’s a few months away, but I have a tendency towards nostalgia. I don’t remember if the interview committee asked me about where I want to…

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Overachiever

Merriam-Webster defines Overachiever as: one who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level especially at an early age. This sounds only partially accurate to me, based on how the term seems to be used in our culture. I was recently having a conversation with a friend who happened to be labelled an…

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A Bit Behind…

January is the new December. I’m not even sure December happened with all of the preparation and travel and busyness of the holidays. When I look at my calendar I can see that I had meetings.  I can see the results.  I know that at home we lit candles for Advent…but I didn’t experience Advent. …

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Mini Me?

It’s hard not to see yourself in your children sometimes. Punk #1 turns 9 today and I am awash in a broad spectrum of emotions. I can transport myself almost instantly back to the hospital room where I lay side-by-side, face-to-face on a cot with 1 day old Aidan while his Mama tried to rest…

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Trying To Understand

People who have known me for years have come to expect a certain response from me. I have a tendency towards playing the “Devil’s Advocate”. Sometimes I do this for fun, sometimes it emerges in the moment as my way of providing perspective whether or not that is what has been asked for.  Sometimes this…

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In Case You Missed This…

http://maine-lymegin.blogspot.com/2008/11/dear-president-elect-obama.html

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