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What have been your moments of expansion (i.e., moments that have stretched you in ways that you could not have imagined). These moments may stretch you still or they may be distant and formative memories. These moments hold our life stories - they inspire our growth - and hold life's lessons. Intend to take in the positive lessons - they are here to propel you. ~Kathy~ (Let Eric Whitacre's "Sleep" inspire reflection, expansion and deep breaths - the text Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.")

"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know....

In this beautiful time-lapse photography, Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of pollination. Watch hummingbirds, bats and - yes - butterflies! I've been following Schwartzberg's work for many years now and he has some other beautiful works and several TED Talks on gratitude and pollination. I hope you enjoy the miracle of nature and the new beginnings that it invites. ~Kathy~

Happiness is like a butterfly - the more you chase it, the more it eludes - but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder. ~Kathy~

A few years ago, I noticed that caterpillars were attracted to the parsley in my garden. Having young children at the time, I decided it would be exciting to see what would happen if we put one of the hungry caterpillars in a jar. We went into the back yard and carefully selected small branches, grass, and pine straw to put in our large “sun tea” container, and proceeded to feed our caterpillar enough parsley to keep him content. We placed a wax pape...

Spring is here. Winter is the perfect time to cocoon, reflect and prepare for the future. I raise butterflies and have watched as they slowly transform themselves from one state to another - there's that precious rest time in between caterpillar and butterfly. And when they push out of the cocoon, it happens slowly - once out, they give their wings time to expand and grow stronger. So spring has arrived - it's a good time to reset, reconsider, repair, recalibrate and reimagine the future. Where are you going next? Find that next step. I'll bet it's going to be wonderful. ~Kathy~

Last year, I visited a new strategic planning client and as I entered the building I immediately thought to myself, “Somebody loves this place.”

I couldn’t say why, but it felt good to be there. After I left, I did a little field research and asked myself to reconstruct the experience.  Retracing the clues, I asked myself why it felt good. 

  • I heard laughter.

  • I saw smiling people.

  • I was greeted warmly (with a smile and friendly eye contact).

  • The floors were shiny and polished.

  • There were well-tended, healthy plants all around.

  • Positive words and quotations were painted brightly on the...

Energy is like a glass of water. We pour our energy into the world - in our work, in our communities, to our friends, colleagues and loved ones. Sometimes we can pour so much of ourselves out and forget to refill the glass. Your energy is so important to all of us. We need you replenished and refreshed. How do you refill your energy when the glass of water runs dry? Refill yourself with intention this weekend - the world needs you in a refreshed state. It need not take a lot of time - refilling your glass may be as simple as taking a deep breath or a walk in the woods. It might mean doing something fun or taking a few mo...

Summer is a beautiful recalibration opportunity - as a mid-year check in point, it is good to re-examine goals, forgive self, reconnect with happiness, gratitude and purpose, and recommit to purposeful time spent with people, things and work you love. Let this music wash over you as you reconnect with the things and people that are most important to you. Move gently forward knowing that all is well and that you are loved. ~Kathy~ ("There will Be Rest" by Frank Ticheli and performed by Vox Humana)

There will be rest - and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops, crowned with snow
A reign of rest, serene forgetting
The music...

Invite gentle mindlessness as you slowly breath in and out to the rhythm of this acoustical guitar music. I hope the meditative mood and text speaks to you: "The lights are all around you now. Feel your feet on the ground and your head slowing down as you breath in and you breath out. All is well." Find your rest. ~Kathy~ ("All is well" by Joe Fred)

Sending you so much joy right now - let this music ignite your inner spark. Do a jig if you want to - move your shoulders - smile - let your energy flow from the inside out. Wishing you wonderful energy and collaboration at work, at home and at play today.~Kathy~ (Live performance of "Attaboy" from Goat Rodeo Sessions with Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Yo-Yo Ma)

There is nothing more important than presence. Others know when we are present. (They know when we are not.) Presence is a gift you can give to another person (a child, a stranger, a colleague, a friend or loved one, a direct report, a teacher, etc.). It is a gift that you can give yourself. Presence is the opposite of distraction. When we are present it feels good. When we are distracted we know it. Increase your awareness this week ~ and I promise to do the same. Where would you like to add more presence this week? Who would benefit most? Give the gift of presence. There is no greater gift. ~Kathy~

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