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All Part of the “Plan”

My theory is that we get to choose what we plan to learn in the lifetime we’re given.  We’re handed a little clip board, one of those tiny golf pencils, a piece of paper, and we check off the lesson boxes.  I checked off:  “Unconditional Love”, “Adventure”,...

Tenacity Creates Masterpieces

Creating MOTIVATED is a labour of love for me. And when I say "love" - I mean heart pounding, fully committed, in it for life, heart and soul kind of love; passionate and full of anticipation. The kind of love that surfaces as the first thought in the morning and the...

Permission To Soar

When I was five-years-old my dad forgot to drop me off at kindergarten. I was safely buckled into the back seat of his green Ford, silently watching the clouds float by while he was lost in his own thoughts. He parked the car in the college parking lot where he...

Reflecting Your Light

As I write this, our beautiful one-year-old daughter Ireland, is running around my office waving her hands wildly.  She’s full of joy; she’s pure light. Yesterday she knocked a plant off my windowsill and learned what soil feels like, smearing it in circles on my...

The Magical Theatre Of The Mind

Whenever I need to clarify my vision I race to water; I race, because it quite simply, feeds my soul. It doesn’t matter if I float on the water gently maneuvering my kayak, bearing witness to the early morning mist.  Or, if I sit on the very edge of a dock listening...

Watch Me! Audacity Without Ego

Perhaps it all begins on the playground at school.  Somebody breaks a rule during Four Square and all hell breaks loose.  “You can’t do that! That’s against the rules!!”  Playing the game, whether in Four Square or in life, is all about following the rules.  And when...

Love The Life You’re Living

If you and I were sharing a cup of coffee right now I’d ask you point blank, “Do you love your life?” I’d ask you to skip the details of how you spend your time, and your money, what your title at work is, and how often you vacation.  I’d gesture with my hand and an...

Evict The Unwelcome Tenant

I’m blessed to be married to a brilliant, self-reflective, virtually egoless man who looks past my face, into my eyes, and deeply into my soul.  He has the strength to call me out, and it’s one of the many things I love about him. He pointed out to me recently that he...

Pairing Passion With Purpose

Not so long ago, I sat on the couch in our living room for hours on end staring at the same black and white photograph I share with you on this page.  I remember the day it was taken; how light and carefree I felt, how I was fully present in the moment.  I love the...