Step by Step

This summer, two of my best friends finished Ironman competitions. They each swam for 2.4 miles, rode their bike for 112 miles and then ran a marathon – 26.2 miles. An absolutely incredible feat! The key to their success was having the goal, but then breaking down how to reach it into small, incremental steps, and training diligently to meet the milestones along the way.

As studies have showed time and time again, it is the small changes to daily habits that end up having the most lasting impact. Read More

The Best Birthday Ever!

For her seventh birthday my daughter wanted to have a birthday party for all of her friends. Like her mother, she has the gene that always wants to include everyone, so the guest list was growing by the day. I was resisting the party idea mainly because I did not want any more plastic toys – or stuff in general – to enter the house. So, inspired by an idea from one of my friends a few years ago, I decided to see if she was really in it for her friends – or for the gifts. I told her that we could have a party with all of her friends, but that instead of gifts, she would have to pick a charity and ask people to bring items or money for that cause. Without a moment’s hesitation, she said, “Sure. I want to help animals.” Read More

Time as Currency

I just returned home from an enlightening Evolver Spore meeting at the funky, dog-friendly, ParkGrounds Coffee House in Atlanta.

To back track a bit, Evolver is a new social network for conscious collaboration. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to discover and share the new tools, initiatives, and ideas that will improve our lives and change the world. In addition to being an on-line network, they also have monthly spore meetings on the third Wednesday of the month in various cities across the country, so that people can actually meet each other face to face.

The topic this month was “Beyond Money.” Read More