Trying something new with the blog this week. Why do we get our best ideas in the shower? One of the things that I’ve heard lately is that it’s because our brain goes on auto-pilot because it knows exactly what to do.Read More
Why does awareness matter at work? Seems like a silly question yet even though we think we are aware, we really aren’t. This is especially important when it comes to interacting with others. We think we know how we are perceived yet in reality how can we?Read More
Phoenix, AZ: With temperatures expected to spike over 100 degrees this week, Katie Stumbo, owner and founder of Go Conquer Fitness insists that the soaring temperatures do not have to derail anyone’s perfectly laid fitness plans. With the correct equipment and precautions you can still enjoy Arizona’s great outdoors.Read More
When you are in a new surrounding your awareness is heightened. When you stay in a new place you notice everything. Ever have a visitor come stay with you and they see things about your city that you may never have noticed before? When everything is new your brain is on alert trying to categorize things and make sure you are safe. Once you get used to your surroundings then your brain can shut out large chunks and focus on other things.Read More
Many of you know I love to walk in the early morning. Now that we have reached June my walk is greeted with sunlight. This changes the whole feel of the walk. In the winter I am bundled up and Miss Grace (my Boston Terrier) is walking very fast because she is cold. My thoughts tend to be more inward because my surroundings are all in the dark. I am also much more sensitive to noises and jumpy because I cannot see what is lurking in the dark. Now that the temps are rising and the sun is coming up, Grace is happy to take her time and would like a lot of sniff breaks. My mind wanders off of self-reflection as I see the wildlife and watch dawn greet the day. I am also more relaxed as I can see my surroundings.Read More
When I was in grade school one of the first assignments was an essay on how I spent my summer. As I look back on that, my summers were filled with a full range of day camps, away camps, swimming, family vacations and enough space to get bored. My summers growing up were planned and scheduled. There was an intention around it because the usual structure of school was gone.Read More
When I was younger a friend gave me a tiny statue of a clown holding a balloon. It was fun, whimsical, and I loved it. Then when I was out shopping, I found another clown statue and bought it. Both made me smile. Then a boyfriend saw them and bought me a clown statue for my birthday. Then someone else saw those and another clown appeared. After that I started looking for clowns when I was out shopping. And then, you guessed it, one day I had over 50 clowns.Read More
One discussion I have frequently with people in business is about discovering your unique way of doing business. I think this also fits for many ways in life. There are many webinars, posts and trainings on the best way to market, increase revenue or balance your life. I have participated in several and benefited from each. And yet, there was often a disconnect as I put it into practice.Read More
I am going through physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff. My arm over the months has decided to protect the injury by stiffening up. Getting my arm to stretch again has been a very insightful (and painful) process. I am experiencing a push/pull in my arm and in my head around “oh, no my arm doesn’t do that,” “oh, my arm can do this.” Do I trust that I can do more than I think I can and where is the line of too much? As I’m stretching myself physically, I’m thinking of all the other areas of my life where I have limited who I think I am. Areas I can quickly say “oh I can’t do that.”Read More
The seasons are shifting once again. I often call the Phoenix summer with longer days and hotter temperatures our winters because I tend to pull inside just like I did when I lived in Alaska during the winter months. As I am cocooned inside, I find myself looking for ways to stretch my horizons when they feel smaller and to connect with others.Read More
Spring is the time for Holy seasons that surround the theme of overcoming, endurance, death and new life in ways not even imaginable. As I am writing this, I am approaching an unusual birthday this year. As many of you know my two older brothers died at the age of 57 and I am now turning 58. This year is a year of life they never received.Read More
I have learned a lot by having a sensitive gut. One of my biggest learnings has been that presence is more than a one or two second thing. It is a choice. I now choose how I want to be when I eat. I notice my breathing, how many times I chew the food, why I choose the food I do, the gift of conversation and letting go of any thoughts that are not about being in whatever I have chosen.Read More
Sometimes the road isn’t determined by what you are passionate about or love to do. Sometime the road is determined by something deeper, what you believe or your core values. This was the case with the changes at Pathways of Grace.Read More
We hear the encouragement "live from the inside, the center." Yes, it sounds wonderful, and even resonates with my Being, but in the reality of life living from the center can get lost in translation. With this in mind I actually had the experience of seeing centered-living happen right before my eyes in a most unlikely event.Read More
I remember one time I was at a beach you could drive on and decided to try it. The only problem was what I thought was a road to the beach wasn’t and my car quickly sank into the sand. I was alone and had no clue how to get out of there.Read More
Risk is part of every journey. There is always that fork in the road where the questions comes in, “what are you willing to risk?” Either choice requires a risk of some sort. One may be the risk of certainty, are you willing to go into the unknown? The other may be the risk of safety, if you take this safe route you may miss out on something amazing.Read More
The other day I was at a restaurant looking out the window and watched a man on a skateboard waiting for a light to change. While he was waiting, he was practicing some trick that caused the skateboard to flip and he was to land on it. Over and over the skate board flipped and he never landed on it. He just kept doing the trick again and again with no “success.”Read More
Last week I introduced the idea of being open with strangers as a spiritual practice. Now let’s share stories. Here is mine.
When I left Graduate school as a final hurrah my daughter and I were going to Disneyland and while there we were going to visit a friend who was going to take our bird. Where we were moving to no birds were allowed. I did the research with airlines, bought a special carrier and a huge box to put the bird’s cage in and was all set.Read More
Recently I have had experiences that surround the notion of the stranger in our lives. Strangers teach us a lot about ourselves and our inner journey.
Ask yourself –
Do you have time for a stranger? Are you willing to release your schedule for a chance encounter?
When I was 12 years old, my interior knowing staged a public rebellion over some of the teachings and practices of the Catholic church. This belief system ran deep in my blood; my grandpa, “Shorty” worshiped in a Belgian church built in the 1700’s. All grandparents and aunts and uncles spent part of Sunday morning at church. It felt like it was genetically embedded, that birth came with the expectation that those born into the family would as readily and easily embrace the teachings of the church as those that conceived them. Until I came along….Read More