Tag Archives: Communication

A Light Touch

May 11, 2016

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“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.” Brandon Sanderson I WON! I had just wrapped up a meeting where I had engaged in an epic battle of wills with a colleague. There were only a handful of people in the […]

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Book Review: Untangled

May 7, 2016

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“Just appreciating how many transitions are involved in moving from childhood to adulthood gives us new respect for what our daughters are going through and clarifies why the teenage years can be taxing for everyone involved.” Lisa Damour In case you’re short on time, let me get to the point of this post:  If you […]

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Working next to your spouse

April 13, 2016

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“My family keeps me pretty grounded. Like if I try anything diva, they’re like, ‘Oh shut up. Go and do the dishwasher.’” Rebel Wilson One of our most strategic marriage decisions is emptying the dishwasher together. Seriously. Billy and I both dread this chore.  If we could avoid it forever, we would.  Alas, paper plates […]

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Why You Should Tell Kids Your Stories

April 6, 2016

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Have you ever noticed how you see different things every time you watch a movie? My 11-year- old daughter was screening the Pixar film UP recently and commented on her “new” insight. “It’s so sad Ellie had a miscarriage!”  she said. Um. What? Quickly, I replayed the movie in my head and realized that indeed, the […]

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Why Social Media Gets A Bad Rap

April 5, 2016

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“Social media has infected the world with a sickening virus called vanity.” Kellie Elmore Whether you commute to work on a plane, train, or automobile, there are unwritten rules the majority of people seem to follow specific to that environment. If you’re flying, please don’t keep loose change in your pocket and make others wait […]

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If my blog were a song

March 24, 2016

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“Last night was crazy, yeah we tore it up again Kicked off our shoes and went to bed by 9pm We were balling and Netflix We turned it up to ten Last night was crazy.” Crazy, Ben Rector Billy recently walked into the kitchen and slid a CD across the counter. “What’s that?” I said, […]

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10 Ways to have a better conversation

February 25, 2016

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“A good conversation is like a miniskirt; short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject.” Celeste Headlee I can’t get enough of this TED talk. Everything journalist Celeste Headlee has to say about having better conversations is amazing – and convicting. She touches on the need for better conversations; aren’t we […]

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Practicing Vulnerability With Your Spouse

January 28, 2016

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow…” Brene Brown Love […]

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What Happens When You Argue With A Compliment

December 16, 2015

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“What a great outfit! You always look so cute and pulled-together!” I offered this compliment to a new-ish friend, a mom to one of my son’s friends. I usually catch her on her way to work and she is an inspiring fashion plate. Her reply was typical of so many of my friends, “You’re so […]

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What you gain when you lose your phone.

December 9, 2015

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I lost my phone Thanksgiving week (see photo) which was idiotic, annoying, and decidedly a “first world” problem. What it wasn’t was completely awful. In fact, after the first several hours of not reaching for my device, I felt like I was focusing better. I looked out the car window at California passing by. I […]

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