Friends, we’re in the fire! 2020 is Hot. Pressurized. Dangerous. I’ve been feeling it…you’ve been feeling it…the conditions have been met. Will Krieger, VP Research America, Inc. defines a crucible moment as a transformative experience through which an individual comes to a new or an altered sense of identity.”
Merriam-Webster defines a crucible as: cru·ci·ble \ \krü-sə-bəl\
Crucible moments force us to withstand an extreme test; where the beauty lies in the process and the possibilities. The possibility of something new, precious and more valuable being created in the belly of the fire. Today, we’re going to get a glimpse at the “New Thing” we’re becoming.
Early last week, I announced that I would officially introduce my new venture. June 1st was supposed to be…the big reveal!
Well, 8 minutes and 46 seconds changed all that.
On Monday, my friends gathered six feet apart as planned, to raise a glass and asked, “Did we miss something? I didn’t see your announcement.” My response was vague…littered with incomplete thoughts.
Like most of the world, I had spent the last few days, internalizing the horrific footage of George Floyd’s murder and digesting the national headlines. And, like most of Black America, I was also offering insights in response to my white friends’ questions and reflections. Honestly, I barely realized that Monday had rolled around…the “launch” seemed inconsequential and tone deaf at best.
Instead, June 1st looked like this. In...
Ahhh yes, you've been soul searching and thinking about your next move?
While everyone else has been researching where to buy toilet paper and theorizing if Carol really did kill her husband, you've used your "Stay at Home" order to evaluate your life, your work, your hobbies, your world...right?
Welcome to the sacred circle of contemplators, dreamers and wonderers. Think of this as the outer circle of a bullseye; it's the easy target...and it should be! It's important to dream and dream often. But how can you sharpen your aim and get serious about really living your dream - hitting the bullseye?
If you're ready to take your life to the next level, these 5 quotes can prop you up along the way and remind you that YOU actually can do this! You CAN do this! You can DO this! You can do THIS!
Okay, you get the point! Here are the 5 quotes I personally live by...they...
Oh, sweet marmalade, everyone's talking about impostor syndrome these days? It’s the phrase that’s being thrown around right and left; but…what the heck is it, exactly?
Well, it’s a feeling. Bottom line. A feeling of being a fraud, despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and capable. If not put in check, Impostor Syndrome can drive you to make decisions that hold you back. You see, impostor syndrome is sneaky and persuasive. It has ways of convincing you that you aren’t good enough. This tricky mindset can put the kibosh on the pursuit of your dream job, the start of that blog for millennials, or going after that new role in your department. Yep, Impostor Syndrome is a feeling that if gone unchecked can wreak havoc on your life and have you doubting even the most logical next step.
“Impostor syndrome causes negative stress, fear, anxiety, and loss of confidence,” says...
Weird Science to Iron Man…drug addiction to Hollywood’s most in-demand and highest paid actors. Sound Familiar? My pop culture mavens are screaming…that’s Robert Downey Jr.!!!
Yep, our very own Tony Stark took his personal reinvention to a Whole. Notha. Level off screen! I loved the guy in Pretty in Pink and Charlie Chaplin, forgave him for Tropic Thunder and have him etched in time after the ending of Avengers - Endgame. But it was those middle years that I held my breath as a fan. In between 1996 to 2001, he unquestionably played the role of a lifetime. Downey played himself. He sped down a road that included drug addition, rehab, jail, a tanking career and eventually self-discovery and ultimately recovery.
I was nine years old when Weird Science came out. I remember really wanting Ian, the preppy bully that Downey played in the film to get what was coming to him. Payback, ya know? And of course,...
So…the last time I blogged was about 5 years ago. My son, now a Senior in High School, was playing Pop Warner football at the time. Now, if you’re familiar with Pop Warner you know that the dreams of young boys are held within their coaches Saturday morning playbook. While the boys are on the field learning how to take a “dressing down” from their position coach and not cry, the parents (mostly moms) are on the sidelines “catching up” and trying to pretend they don’t hear the barks and orders being shouted in the distance. It was during one of these chat sessions that a mom said…”you have the best dating stories…you should start a blog.” So, with a choir of football moms encouraging me to write, I did.
Not surprisingly, it didn’t last long. I discovered that writing about your dating life is like traveling across country in a station wagon;...