Weekly Annie Bites

What grief can teach us

I just finished reading a beautiful book called the Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller. In it, Weller explores the sacred work of grief and the different rituals we have for renewal. Part of being human means encountering grief and loss in many different forms. At...

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What we have in common…

To say these last few weeks have been grueling is a huge understatement. Life as we know it has been turned upside down, thrown into a global blender and turned on to ‘crush’ mode.  We’ve been launched into the great unknown where fear and uncertainty abound....

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This is what you care about…

Last week I promised that I'd compile a list of your responses to my question “What do I want to walk out of this with that I don’t have right now?” (I'm referring, of course, to the unprecedented times we find ourselves in.)  Thank you to those who sent your...

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A Timely Question

“What do we want to walk out of this with that we don’t have right now?” This was the question a friend’s husband asked his family last week when the brutal reality of the coronavirus was landing on the world with a thud.  When I first heard it, I thought to...

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I know, I know…

Once upon a time, a scholar and a saint lived on the same street, and they arranged to meet. The scholar asked the saint about the meaning of life. She said a few words about love and joy, then paused to reflect, and the scholar jumped in with a long discourse on...

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Now isn’t always an easy place to be…

I was visiting family a couple weeks ago and had a fun conversation with my mom about meditation. I was sharing with her the general idea of it and what the benefits are of having a regular practice. Namely, that it helps a person feel more calm, grounded, focused and...

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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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