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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!

Create a daily oasis with ordinary rituals

Create a daily oasis with ordinary rituals

“We humans remember trauma better than pleasure, it's the way we're built, so ritual helps to inject the significance of this moment into us. “   Lorene CaryEvery year as December fades into January, I celebrate. My rituals, whether a gathering on New Year’s Eve, a...

Cultivate kindness in small doses

Cultivate kindness in small doses

Don’t we all need a little more kindness sprinkled through our lives–both kindness we receive and kindness we give?I don’t mean large-scale, heroic kindness, but more of the small-scale embellishments that can put smiles on faces, give courage to persevere over the...

As the earth rises in 2019, we’re still in this together

As the earth rises in 2019, we’re still in this together

We’ve just closed out 2018. I, for one, wasn’t sad to see it go. During much of the year, the world seemed off balance, with political craziness, environmental disasters, and expressions of cruelty and greed. I also faced a few personal challenges. 1968, fifty years...

Welcome back the light

Welcome back the light

"There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."Leonard Cohen, "Anthem."We're almost at the Solstice and not a moment too soon in my book.I've been so hungry for light that I pulled out my old lightbox from the attic to begin soaking up some...

Fill with joy and arrest the stress in the holidays

Fill with joy and arrest the stress in the holidays

Does it ever feel to you that someone is tightening the gears on life in order to speed up time, especially during the holidays?Years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Boeing Commercial Aircraft factory in Everett, Washington, where the new 777 jetliner was...

Sweat your way to community

Sweat your way to community

Sometimes you build community by talking, finding common interests, and slowly building trust.Sometimes you find community by...sweating.That's what I did this past weekend in my Zumba (dance-fitness) instructor training. I almost didn't make it. Life's been a bit...

Expanding our thanks

Thanksgiving, that holiday of family, friends, food, and thankfulness in the US, is almost here. T-day is my favorite holiday, even if I need to monitor my consumption and cool it on the mashed potatoes and gravy. What could be better than a day dedicated to giving...

Small talk

Small talk

Red alert: The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving in the U.S. is followed by Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and a ton of holiday parties. Which means you should get ready for small talk.This week, I did a little research for myself and discovered a secret three-step...

When wonder beats words

After a productive day writing, I was burnt out on words. My brain couldn't string any more together. Because most of my work involves words, "no more words" also meant no more work. I needed a break, but with other events coming up on my schedule, it had to be brief....

Don’t Photoshop Your Life

Don’t Photoshop Your Life

Over the past weeks, we’ve been forced to listen to a public biography that was photoshopped and edited to a polished, plasticized, perfection. Viewed through the lens of a storyteller, it was a lousy story. The main arc of the story, as much as I could listen to it,...

The Dummies Guide to Disrespect (15 tips)

The Dummies Guide to Disrespect (15 tips)

Enough!!  I hate to add anything to the pantheon of required government trainings, but I figured a little handbook was urgently needed at congressional hearings, so I created something you can keep in front of you at committee meetings, hearings, or public events...

A wedding to remind us what matters

A wedding to remind us what matters

This weekend I went to a wedding that broke my heart apart and made it sing. I don't think I ever, Laughed, cried and cheered so much at a wedding. Been so engulfed in a supportive community. Witnessed a pre-wedding, theatre-worthy performance with songs, story, and...

How to support a friend in need

How to support a friend in need

As I’m writing this, my friend Susan Partnow’s husband is having a laryngectomy, a difficult surgery that will take away his ability to speak, except through devices, and hopefully spare him from the cancer that has been hiding in his vocal cords. Susan and her family...

Want more time? Go slow…

Want more time? Go slow…

A colleague once shared a Montana saying. Question: How do you make cows move fast? Answer: Slowly It was one of the days. I was not succeeding in fitting life into the time available. Maybe I should have known that my jazzy new Adobe podcast editing software,...

Do you have FOF? (Fear of feedback?)

Do you have FOF? (Fear of feedback?)

Turns out a lot of us are feedback phobic. I rarely talk about my affliction (the first step in recovery: acknowledge the problem), because clients know me as someone who has taught others how to give and receive feedback. But it's not hard to tell someone else to be...

How to keep your creative spirit from getting buried

How to keep your creative spirit from getting buried

Last week, I received this letter from a dear friend: Dear Sally, I'm a wreck. How many times have I heard someone say, "On your deathbed, you won't wish you spent more time at work." But guess what? Today, I wish I could have even gotten to my work.  My new saying is...

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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

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