If you think I’m dying, please wake me up; my futile quest for significance

In bowling, the area of the lane where balls are thrown is called a track. On both sides of the track is the gutter. When kids bowl, parents who eagerly want their kids to have a fun experience, or who

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5 Ways to Activate Your (and Your Kid’s) Emotional GPS Tracking System

“This situation here is terrible,” I heard myself say.  My finger was pointed and making broad circles towards the big pile of things that my son was asked to put away repeatedly this morning. The

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Enough with the goal setting, it’s time to make magic!

”Mama, can I go to the North Pole?” I briefly wonder if he has recently watched an episode of the Wild Kratts and wants a close encounter with some Arctic animals. I consider reminding him about the

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What John Leguizamo Taught Me About Doing My Work

It’s a well-established idea in the entrepreneurial world: “start before you’re ready.” Steven Pressfield wrote about it in his highly motivating book, Do the Work. While I’ve taken it to heart

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Letting Go of Negative Feelings

Of all the varied skills I’ve taught over the years to youth of all ages, the one that I find most challenging is learning to let go. While we all have a tough time with this, it is especially difficult

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Let Go Find Wonder

“What is your relationship to anger?” my teacher, Roger, had asked me out of nowhere. I was on top of Cloud Mountain in Santa Barbara, at a week-long Qigong and Tai Chi teacher training, ten years

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Are you feeling behind already?

  “Each day is a little life” – Schopenhauer The magic dust of New Year excitement has settled. It now takes longer to see the sparkle in the midst of preparing lunches, attending meetings,

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Dream Like Your Life Depends on It. (Part I)

Last year, while I was working on putting my life together after my mom’s passing, my best friend and Hiruko Co-Founder, Angela Booker and I started to talk about our dreams. We realized we both had

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Ready. Reset. Go!

I love learning from youth. I recently taught an introductory first class to an eleven year old girl; let’s call her V. As part of the session, I asked V if she knew what it means

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Confidence: it’s harder than you think. Or is it?

Let’s pretend that you were equipped with a gauge that reads your confidence level, and gives you a reading between 1 and 10. What does yours say right now? When you feel confident, where in your body

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