Happy No Matter What

I remodeled a house once. Yep me, the “general contractor.” I got the hair-brained idea to buy the rickety bungalow next door, take it down to the studs (I didn’t know what that meant either) and start fresh. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I had to find a team of [...]


[Note from Amy: Nancy was one of the earliest members of "Be Brazen," my five week coaching program which is now available as a home study here. Since I love case studies (since it's so much better hearing about coaching programs from the actual participants, right?!) I was excited to share her experience here.] I [...]


How to Be True to Yourself

Guest Post by Theresa Trosky Robbins About 5 months ago, my husband and I decided to end our marriage. Actually it was more my decision than his. I had come to the realization that what I had wasn’t what I wanted nor had it been for a long time. But I was too scared to [...]


Vulnerability. If you look it up in the dictionary, the definition isn’t pleasant: \ vul•ner•a•ble: capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or being open to attack or damage. \ Ouch. Well, I disagree with the dictionary. Granted, there is a kind of vulnerable that is truly dangerous. It involves walking alone down a dark [...]


The Great Rejection Hoax

Early last Saturday morning I was outside with my kids when I noticed my new neighbor running by. I watched as he and his little boy ran over to the house across the street. The little boy who lives there came out to greet them and they all bounded off together. I immediately thought to [...]


By Anna Kunnecke [Note from Amy: Anna Kunnecke is one of my favorite coaches and she also happens to be one of my very dear friends. I love everything she writes. I invited her to share some thoughts on risk. I hope you love it! Anna said she would share a gift with one person [...]


There is a two hour window of time in my day I call the witching hour. It’s right after I get home from picking the twins up from preschool. I’m in the kitchen getting ready for dinner. All three of my kids – my four- year-olds and my two-year-old — are there at my feet [...]


The Rules

In our culture, we have unspoken “rules” when it comes to emotions… It’s okay to cry in public as long as you’re at a funeral (but not too loudly). It’s fine to be sad as long as you’ve suffered some obvious and appropriate loss (but get it together already will you?!) Crying at weddings is [...]

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Why Approval Seeking Makes You Stupid

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”– Albert Einstein. Approval Seeking. The truth is everyone does it. The desire to belong is primal. Brene Brown says so, and I believe her. It’s an evolutionary thing. In the days when we lived in caves, staying on [...]


Written Sunday, March 13, 2011. By Anna Kunnecke As I write this, I am in Tokyo. It’s been 48 hours since the biggest earthquake that’s ever been recorded in Japan. Ever since the sheer terror of those five minutes in which our building shook and swayed and groaned, and I didn’t know if my daughter [...]