Shots of Awe

My friend Katerina introduced me to a Youtube series called Shots of Awe. Get me started watching them, and I can pretty much forget about getting anything productive done.

Each day I talk to people who can’t remember what they enjoy.  They feel like they have no passion, no sense of purpose, and they’re afraid to choose one in case they make a mistake, somehow get it all wrong. Figuring out the elements of the next exciting chapter tends to be a big part of what I work on with my coaching clients.

If you recognize yourself in that statement, then watch this video.  And set some time aside to dig in to the rest of them. Like potato chips, you can’t eat just one.

Chucking It All And Moving To A Foreign Country

I received this question last week, one that both Walt and I get more frequently, so I thought I’d answer it here. I’m so intrigued with how you and Walt move back and forth between the U.S. and Ireland.  I’m just totally curious.  How do you two decide when to be here and when toContinue Reading

Be. Here. Now, Now, Now.

I’m down to the final countdown. The last day or two before I disappear to Ireland for a good long while.  Lots of stuff to get done.  Lots of people I need to see so I’m not labeled the shittiest friend in the world. And I feel all of that familiar anxiety welling up inContinue Reading

What I’m Reading Now

I’ve been gobbling up Annita P. Sawyer‘s new book: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass. This was the memoir she was working on when we studied together at Bread Loaf, a prestigious writing conference in Middlebury, Vermont.  Like me, Annita was sitting in class struggling with all of those horrible decisions one has to make during revision.Continue Reading

Quirky Sells

I was lazing around on the couch this morning flipping through The New York Times Magazine when I ran into an article about the latest Youtube sensation. Tyler Oakley is a young, gay man who posts videos about the stuff he thinks about on a day-to-day basis.  And he gets MILLIONS of views because heContinue Reading

It’s Not The Critic Who Counts

It takes guts to have an opinion.  It takes guts to share them with others. To open yourself up to criticism.  I don’t care what you say, how innocuous it may seem to you; someone will decide that your opinion makes you a member of Al Qaeda. That’s just how it goes. But, putting yourselfContinue Reading

What Will It Take To Let Go?

I received a note the other day from a woman who has flirted with the idea of coaching for nearly two years.  She’s sent me several letters during this time and in each and every one she recounts the same sad story about living with her deadbeat boyfriend, how she wishes she could work upContinue Reading

You + Imagination = Possible

I’m going to say something that scares the crap out of me.  Something that could draw the evil eye and smote me like Lot, the dude that turned to salt:  I can’t believe that this is my life. Ten years ago, I could never have imagined the deal I’ve got going on today. A lovingContinue Reading

Be The Buffalo

I was thinking about my relationship with discomfort this morning on my long run.  Walt and I set out to do 12 miles, and sure enough, at about mile 6, this twingy thing I’ve got going on with my left hamstring reared its ugly head. Of course Walt is of the opinion that I shouldContinue Reading

What Happened When I Stopped Drinking

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.–Blaise Pascal I was sitting in a mindfulness breakout session in Dublin last week when the leader wrote this quotation on his whiteboard.  It was one of those sentences that grabbed my attention because I immediately recognized the truth of itContinue Reading