Showing Up

Showing up matters. Sometimes showing up means you can be the life of the party. The funny one. The smooth one. The remembered one. Sometimes showing up means you made it. You chat with a few people. You settle into a corner and nurse your mental or physical injuries and wonder why you dragged yourself out for this.

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Strength from Remembering

It can be hard to remember – good things and crummy things. The strain of hard circumstances can consume our brain power and crowd out important details that might require higher order thinking than our gut emotions. In these moments, we need to access support for ourselves as we push forward to a brighter tomorrow. Oftentimes the sun will come out “tomorrow.” But sometimes “tomorrow” takes a while.

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The Diagnosis - My Story, Part 3

A year prior to my diagnosis I met one of my lowest moments. We had secured life insurance that doubled Mike’s protection. We had backed out of all of life’s commitments besides Mike’s career. We talked to people about it. We prayed about it. All of our ducks were in a row and I applied to a major health research institute. I was worse than I’d been yet and we didn’t expect me to survive the year. So, we threw all financial caution to the wind in our last stitch effort to find an answer. This institution holds promise for healing AND the ability to destroy my family’s financial future. I worried about their financial future in my wake. So, this decision was as monumental as any major life change might be. I had yielded to our financial fate. I had hoped for answers and healing.

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Wrestling the Mystery - My Story, Part 2

I hope we see with new eyes because of what I lived in this wilderness. I hope we approach circumstances with fresh optimism and vigor because of it. I hope we draw greater strength from our past learnings because of this wilderness. This walk will be deep. Grab a life-jacket and wade in with me, if you wish. We’re a long way from shore.

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Re-building Credibility

Have you ever lost credibility? Either because you’ve made a genuine misstep or you’re only perceived to have made a misstep? In either case, I’m guessing you find it humbling and humiliating, like I do. If not, teach me your ways! When we’ve decided we want to re-build credibility, how do we do it? I contend it takes a bit of grit and grace to walk this road.

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Hello world - Intro

Life has taken me on a tortuous journey for the past eight years. In recent layoffs at my Fortune 50 employer I could choose to re-locate within the company or take my severance and run. I chose to run. Not at all because I hated my corporate career. Instead, because I chose to pursue a path prompted and encouraged by many strong voices in my life. My road has diverged from corporate America to pursue a career as a speaker and writer. About what shall I speak and write? Growing grace and grit through limits.

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