Grateful, and…

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This week, as we officially begin the whirlwind season of packed schedules, parties, and overindulgence, we start with an opportunity to pause. We have a day when we are asked to shift our perspective to one of gratitude. This can be an interesting proposition when you’re in a time and space that is marked by ambition, and seeking to attain new possibilities and opportunities for yourself on the daily.

For some reflection on this intersection of gratitude of ambition, I’m sharing some thoughts you may have heard from me before, but (I hope!) bear repeating…may you find more to be grateful for this week than not, and may your gratitude only serve to magnify your dreams.

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Chances are, when you were a kid, someone raised you right and taught you to say “thank you” when someone did something nice for you. If you forgot, you got a little (or not so little) nudge from the grown-up side to do so. As adults, most of us are pretty good at remembering to say “thanks” when it’s appropriate, and may occasionally even do it without realizing it, or perhaps without even really meaning it. We say thanks almost reflexively when someone holds a door or passes the salt or picks up something we’ve dropped. We’re especially good at expressing gratitude for things we weren’t expecting. A kind gesture or comment that catches us by surprise, a piece of great news or a gift we didn’t see coming usually elicit a deeper gratitude – a combination of feeling special and also feeling momentarily more connected to the person responsible. Of course, there are also moments of gratitude that take our breath away.  Read More


Monday Moment: Multiplier effect

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Happy Thanksgiving week! Or maybe “Friendsgiving,” if you’re not traveling. No matter how you are celebrating this week, make an effort to be present and connected in the conversations you have, mindfully enjoy the feast you are fortunate to be sharing, and take some time to recharge yourself before the home stretch through Round 2 applications or final exams, or the general “holi-daze” of December. There is great power in stillness, and also in collective intention. Consider how magnified your gratitude may be as you share it with others this week.