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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

Welcome—so glad you’re here. Do you, like me, want to work more creatively, lead lightly, be productive, and design the life you want to live? Are you curious about how storytelling can help you can engage others and shape meaning? If so, I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to hearing from you!

Why you should be dancing

Why you should be dancing

My horses dance. You might say they're just driven by instinct. But when you see them run into the field on a cool, winter morning, tossing their heads, twirling around, bucking, and lifting their feet in the air, you have to think they're playing with movement in...

How to find more light this season

How are you preparing for the holidays? The December holiday season, at least in the United States, requires so much preparation: shopping, cleaning, writing cards (if anyone still does this), fixing food, partying... All the activity and stress can wipe away the time...

Take time out of time during the holidays

It’s officially holiday season in the United States and we’re off to the races! We watch the scorecard tick away telling us how many shopping days left until Christmas or the holiday we observe. My mind swirls: How will I ever find enough time to...decorate? shop?...

My gift to you: Five minutes, five breaths

My gift to you: Five minutes, five breaths

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. What could be better than the spirit of giving and thanking? But the week before Thanksgiving Day (T-day and counting) was full of minor crises. My relationship with technology turned catastrophic. I spent two days trying to...

Weaving community–through stories

Weaving community–through stories

Last week, I had the privilege of once again participating in a Story Bridge event in Seattle. A very diverse group came together to share and perform our stories as a way of exploring issues facing Seattle's historic African-American neighborhood, the Central...

After Me Too

After Me Too

  The chorus of voices chanting "Me too" keeps getting louder. Hearing people finally speaking out against sexual harassment has been great, stressful, and long overdue. But hearing all of the allegations may also stir up deep feelings within those of us who have...

Inviting death back into Halloween

Happy Dia de los Muertos, the end of the three-day festival from Mexico that celebrates the souls of ancestors, friends, and family members who have died, and supports their journey in the afterlife. The Mexican event, which began 3000 years ago, was shifted to sync...

Honoring fall

Honoring fall

  I love fall with its bittersweet splendor. Months of dark rain lurk just around the corner, yet the leaves today are at their most brilliant. Nature prepares herself to let go and rest before beginning next season's growth. I wish I could let go and rest my...

Cultivate the space for creativity

Cultivate the space for creativity

  You know the adage: “The past is the past,” often spoken as if the past is over and no longer a dynamic force in our lives. But is that so? Doesn’t the past still act upon us? And if that’s true, can’t we be a partner in the exchange and shape the story that we...

When times feel senseless, work artfully

When times feel senseless, work artfully

I woke up early Monday morning enjoying that magical moment before the dawn, when the earth lies resting, undisturbed, my mind is peaceful, and I can reflect a bit before the world wakes up and consumes my attention. I was writing on the topic, "What does it mean to...

When you’re fogged in, follow the markers

When you’re fogged in, follow the markers

There are mornings, here in the Pacific Northwest, when the fog covers the fields in a sheet of gray, and I can only see a few feet ahead as I walk out to feed the horses, Then there are mornings when a mental fog descends, and the path that seemed so clear the day...

Create a world. In six words.

Create a world. In six words.

Remember when you were in grade school and you returned from your summer break, knowing that your new teacher would ask you, once again, to write a story called My Summer Vacation. Why not write a story now that can convey the essence of your summer, in only six...

Do you suffer from email apnea?

Do you suffer from email apnea?

  When you return from a vacation, does anticipating all those waiting e-mails make your stomach twist? (I'm just back from my staycation.) Or, after devoting a morning to sorting through your inbox, does your brain go in circles as you find yourself getting...

Working from the vulnerable void

Working from the vulnerable void

Brené Brown did the world a great service when she shared, from her research and experience, about the importance of being willing to be vulnerable. But just because her TEDx talk went wildly viral and has been applauded by millions around the planet doesn't make it...

Four insights from the solar eclipse

Four insights from the solar eclipse

  In Seattle, we didn't see the total eclipse; at 92%, it seemed not even close. Light continued to pour over my property even as the partial eclipse came into view. Still the experience was magical, leaving me awake and in awe, and eager to share a few thoughts...

This is not the New Normal

This is not the New Normal

My heart breaks with Charlottesville. I am still grieving Charleston and so many other sites of senseless violence. Hate crimes wound us all. Why? How? What to do? Many questions. Few answers. I'm blessed and cursed to not be able to put senseless tragedies like this...

Improve your daily game with focus

Improve your daily game with focus

Last week I wrote about developing your imagination. This week I thought I'd balance things out with a left-brain productivity booster. Normally, I'm not a fan of the "just make it happen" school of sports and military inspired productivity talks. Like the oft-cited...

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Stephen Silha

Filmmaker, journalist, Big Joy Productions

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Doug Lipman

Story Dynamics

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Founder, Global GEAnet

Meet Sally

She’s an inspiring communicator, an original thinker, she weaves big ideas and practical examples together to help her clients take their next big step forward. She teaches leadership presence by modeling it. 

She is visionary and practical, vulnerable and solid, accessible and real.  A perpetual learner herself, she’s not afraid to take risks to develop the talents of her clients.