Zooming-In

Optical illusions are curious things (pictured right, source). We see what we see. That is, at first. Then, our minds and eyes are stretched to see something we didn’t catch to begin with. I remember first starting work at Condé Nast Digital and Vogue Runway (then Style.com). Mine was the task of managing SMS / text…

Time to Celebrate

I’ve had the pleasure of attending two parties this past year that were hosted by City Arts Magazine here in Seattle. Most recently, the “2016 Future List Party” was held in the newly renovated, historic King Street Station. Music flowed as some of the most stylish people I have seen in town circled the floor enjoying freely delicious…

Person vs. Professional

I was one of probably three non-therapists this past month in Vancouver, British Columbia at an international Narrative Therapy conference. One of the founders talked about a moment in conversation where the person was taken aback at his authenticity and humanness. In response and to share where he was coming from, he said: “I’m trying to be a person. Not a person impersonating as…

Friendship in Adulthood

Everything we see around us in the natural world is the result of relationships. Atomic and subatomic particles (source, right), the elements that construct all that we see, are ultimately the result of relational bonds–particles in relationship with each other. We humans, like many other life forms, are also connected externally and socially in relationship with one another–embedded in a meaningful…

Syllabus, 2015-2016

I’m 8 weeks away from walking Seattle University‘s commencement stage–receiving a Master of Arts in Adult Education & Training, with a Human Resource Development specialization. How’s that for a mouth-full?! Human learning, evolution and development is a wonderful and inspiring thing. We learn all of our lives–taking-in, processing, and using the learning subconsciously and consciously. In “adult education” classes, we…

The Hero’s Journey is Shared, Part II

True to form, I featured someone other than myself in the first post on this topic. I love being a witness to other people as heroes–including deeply appreciating and truly participating in their journey. The reality is that I show up everyday. I am on my own journey and it’s observable by others. People see me physically…

Like Yoga

This past quarter, I took a “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” class at Seattle University. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and one I will continue to hold and unpack in the months and years to come. As a part of the experience, we participated in a three day retreat. Many of…

Where the Conscious & Subconscious Collide

Over eleven years, four small frames have traveled with me across two continents and to six cities. Weeks before putting the last of my possessions either in storage or in the Goodwill donation truck on my way overseas in 2005, I collaged Good Earth Tea quotes over photographs or images. At the time, I didn’t understand each one…

Credit

Unplanned, timely post for International Women’s Day 2016.  When it comes to human performance and talent, there are often a gap between what is perceived and reality. During my training in the philosophy and methods of skill development, Dr. Kevin Roessger shared the story of Mr. Molesley and the cricket match (pictured left; source) in Downton Abbey’s season 3, episode…

No Label Needed

Labels, boxes, and language can be problematic. We think something isn’t real unless it fits in the confines of language, a box of understanding, or a clear label and name we can understand. This rigidity of thinking impacts not only what and how we value things, ideas, people and experiences but how we listen, understand…

Doing the Work

There’s a framework (pictured right, source) known as the four stages of learning, four stages of competence, competence hierarchy, or the learning continuum. It presents the idea that humans can move in four stages from being unskilled to skilled–incompetent to competent. Moving from left to right: unconscious incompetence (not knowing what you don’t know), conscious incompetence (knowing you don’t know, but not knowing…

The Science of Sleep

Unknowingly, serendipitously timed for National Sleep Awareness Week, March 6-13 (which I literally learned about in publishing this post today, and coming across Dr. Darley’s Twitter).  Two weeks ago, I attended an hour-long workshop exclusively on the topic of “Sleep Health,” hosted by Naturopathic Sleep Medicine Specialist, Dr. Catherine Darley, as a human resource development resource at my workplace from Wellspring EAP….