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How to be a Better Listener

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” –Stephen R. Covey I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the word “listen”,  as it’s my One Word for 2015.  The questions I’ve been asking myself are, “What does it mean to really listen?”, “How can I be a better listener?” and “What gets in the way of listening for me?”.   I believe the above quote, by Stephen Covey speaks to what it means to really listen.  It’s about going into the conversation with the intention of understanding what the other…



 Yes, that’s me!  I did it!  On July 6th, 2013 I went skydiving for the first time and the experience was everything I wanted it to be and more.  If you read my last blog, “The Thing You Fear the Most“, you know that I took a lot of baby steps to get to this place.  It feels a  little surreal to have this experience behind me.  I’m excited to report that everything went almost exactly as I had visualized it would.  I had a beautiful day, a competent tandem instructor, and I was actually present for the experience.  I…


Show Me Your Friends

“Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future” – Bill Cosby As the mother of 2 teenage girls, I often find myself in the position of offering advice and words of wisdom.  What I’ve noticed in the process of doing this, is that I too usually learn something when I revisit the lessons I’m trying to teach.  The above quote from Bill Cosby is one of the life lessons I’m trying to instill in my girls.  I believe that who we surround ourselves with has a profound affect on us, but I really didn’t get this until I…

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