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My New Year’s Resolution: RIP LOL

A couple of days ago I caught myself saying, “LOL,” to a friend in a conversation over lunch. Texting LOL is bad enough but saying it out loud is just ridiculous. LOL is the most overused “conversation cop-out.” You might as well initiate each LOL with, “I can’t be bothered to take the time to communicate with you.” Ha, Ha, Ha, LOL. read more »

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Socially ILL

My Confession
In the fall of last year, I tried to combine advocating awareness to a social epidemic that I am passionate about with my actual consulting work. At the heart of both is a promotion of relationship building and social awareness. So in a tongue in cheek way meant to inspire conversation, I named the joint project/business SocialBling. Considering how our culture only seems to want to talk about material things (bling) I thought I would promote relationships as an over-indulgent luxury. Everyone told me it was ridiculous ambitious. They were right, but I don’t have a fear of being wrong so it did not matter. The only thing I truly fear is being alone and I did not feel like I was doing anything that was promoting that fear so I pressed on. After all, how could someone that promotes the value of relationships as an essential element of well-being and success; who loves meeting people, helping people meet others and who loves to entertain ever end up feeling isolated? Now reading through that list I know exactly how. It is a simple equation of inclusion vs. exclusion. read more »

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Thinking about it?

Do you ever wish you could think differently or inspire others to do the same?  Here are my top 10 thoughts. What are yours? read more »

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Communication Weapon of Choice

The right to bear arms and exploring new territories seem to have a long history of courtship together. It must be basic human nature to fear what is unknown and prepare for conflict.  I see and experience this fear over and over again in social media as this formula seems to be prevalent:

Computer keyboard- face to face communication + social media =weapons of mass destructive words read more »

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Interview with Best Selling Author and Couple’s Therapist, Harville Hendrix

Some people may find it odd that I, a woman in my 30’s, who has never been married choices a couple’s therapist as one of my greatest idols. His name is Harville Hendrix, PhD. He is the author of the bestselling book, “Getting the Love You Want” and co- founder of Imago Therapy that was developed  with his wife (equally dynamic and inspiring) Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. He has been featured on the Oprah Show several times and made Oprah’s list of TOP 20 Unforgettable Shows. Harville’s passion for his work comes from personal experiences, appreciation for loving energy, and an understanding of the importance of connectivity.  Last month I had the great pleasure of interviewing Harville. As I listened to his kind, warm voice, (The kind of voice you imagine for the narrative of an endearing children’s story!) I was inspired to share his words and mission with everyone. He understands the importance of “focused connectiveness,” not just for intimate couples but as a means to heal and help relationships and communities of the world come together for the better good. read more »