THE PARROT AND THE CROWS

Are you a parrot hiding in a flock of crows? Every winter what seems like millions of crows take up residence in my city. During the day they spread out in various fields and neighborhoods. But in the evening? At dusk, they flock together and fly en masse to their roosts (treetops they have chosen) in…

Egg on My Face

by Fredi Baker Rookie mistake. That’s what I told myself about the teleclass I was a participant in recently. The presenter told us, upfront that she had never used a bridgeline before and never done a class that wasn’t in person. And, boy, the first fifteen minutes or so were rough and rocky. In fact,…

Dont Get Derailed by all your Incoming Stuff!

“The first thing you do when you sit down at the computer? Let me guess: check the incoming… You’ve just surrendered not only a block of your time, but the freshest, best chance to start something new.” ~ Seth Godin So true! I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of this more that I’d…

Romancing Your Business

“We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” ~ Georg Hegel February has been known as the love month. (Of course, ideally, every month of the year is, but that’s another story.) So, this week, I’d like for you to take a good look at your relationship with your…

Protecting Your Creative Ideas

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person’s brow.” ~ Charles Brower It may come to you like a bolt out of the blue, or maybe as softly…

Finding Inspiration in Old Books

“A book is a garden carried in the pocket.” ~ Chinese Proverb “Read any good books lately?” is more than just a conversational ice-breaker to pull out when you can’t come up with something more delightful or witty to say. Books can be a great connector between people, and so is sharing the experience of…

Endings and Beginnings…the tale of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~ Seneca Here we are, at the end of summer, once again faced with endings – the kids are experiencing their last few days of summer vacation before school starts, there’s the final barbecue of the summer, the last concert in the park, walk on the beach,…

Birthday Celebrations…

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Once a year at this time, I take stock of where I am, and set my personal course for the next year. Why now? My birthday falls on August 8, and so feels right for me…

Little’s Life Lessons

Patience, balance and staying in the present moment are skills I am abundantly aware of that need my attention right now. Maybe you are like this too, but sometimes I can get so caught up in my work and my writing (both passions of mine) that I forget to take a time out. Balance? Let’s…

The Case for Being Not-Always Great

“The only thing that makes people and organizations great is their willingness to be not great along the way. The desire to fail on the way to reaching a bigger goal is the untold secret of success.”              ~ Seth Godin Sometimes the biggest gains can only happen when we…