Weekly Annie Bites

Do you swim in these waters?

Three life lessons I learn while swimming: 1) It's good to stay in your own lane The reason there are flotation ropes that separate the lanes is so you can focus on what you’re doing in your lane while others focus on what they’re doing in theirs.  That's all...

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What’s your photo look like these days?

One of the privileges I experience as a life and leadership coach is getting to walk with another human as they take steps towards meaningful change. This kind of change isn't always easy and it certainly doesn't happen all at once; in fact, the process takes time and...

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How much of this do you have right now?

I once heard someone say that the opposite of faith isn't doubt. It's certainty. How many of us wait to feel certain before we take that first step?  Whether we're starting a new project, leaving a job, moving out of state or teaching a class, there's a strong...

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Why Irritation is a Really Good Thing

A friend of mine used to say “Gotta have the friction if you want to get the pearl!"  It was his wise way of reminding me how many things in life require a bit of grit and tenacity if we want to reach our dreams. Like a pearl that becomes fully formed and...

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Conversations that Change You

A hundred years ago, (ok, not really, but it seems like it) I was having lunch with a friend whom I'd been getting to know over the course of a couple years.  On this particular day, I was feeling downright crabby and having trouble hiding it from her. I started...

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The Song to Sing Year Round

Sometimes I think my job as a life and leadership coach essentially boils down to one thing: helping people connect with the song that lives inside them. Everyone of us has a song to sing, a place inside that yearns to be expressed so that life will feel meaningful...

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On your mark, get set, go!

For the past several weeks, I've been feeling like this woman looks (ok, minus the warmup outfit). Nothing's wrong in my life--in fact, everything is very right!  But the pace has been fast and furious and I've had a series of deadlines that have all converged at...

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Words to live by…

I'm at home visiting family this week.  As Harley and I were taking our morning walk yesterday, we passed a young man wearing a T shirt from the same high school my dad and brothers attended oh so many years ago. On it were inscribed these...

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Musings on change, from the dog…

  Remember me?  I'm Harley, Mom's adorable four legged companion. She said I could write the bite this week and share what change is like from MY perspective.  Are you ready? It's dog gone hard! I came home with mom about 4 months ago and initially it...

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