The Last 10% of Creativity—Why People Avoid Your Cake at the Potluck

I opened a PowerPoint document to start working on the presentation and suddenly felt squirmy inside. My mind drew a blank and I couldn’t get beyond the uncomfortable pressure I felt to have to think about what I wanted to do. I closed the PowerPoint and went back to the website to work on my next mundane project: to find the phrase “short program” and replace it with “professional program.” Much safer. Much more worthwhile and important… [Keep reading]

My Missing Quirk

I used to have a quirk.

And it wasn’t until recently, when I met a friend who exhibits a similar quirk, that I realized mine has almost completely disappeared, and I want it back.

Time Without Goals

Time did not fly for me in Armenia, as I mentioned in a blog post a little over a year ago.

Time in America? Holy cow! I blinked once and two whole months flew past without a peep from me (or from you, asking where I was!)

April was good for me. I purposely set aside the month to create a series of short videos called, “27 Days of Challenges.”

Then May came along. WTF happened to May?!??

Here is where we can learn a lesson together—me from experience, and you from careful listening. Continue Reading…

Flashlight Friday! Classe Pictures to Rock Your World

This is how much they travel: Last year, they were abroad for 237 nights, took 56 different flights, stayed in 103 different hotels, and went to 18 different countries. They get around!

It’s no wonder that they come up with stunning photography and interesting stories.

Start here, where they talk about catching the “Polar Virus.” “We embark on a walk beside a majestic iceberg in the footsteps of a huge polar bear.” How can you NOT want to read more???

Why Being Valedictorian Hurt My Future

I was valedictorian of my high school class, and had to bear an awful lot of teasing and name-calling to get there.

I also had to bear something else—the tug-of-war between my pride and my embarrassment at having achieved that title.

Why be embarrassed to get a perfect 4.0 GPA?

Flashlight Friday! Looking for Love in all the Places

What’s a gal to do when the clock is ticking, she’s no longer in her early 30′s and she can’t seem to find the man of her dreams next door? Well hit the road, of course, to search the world for romance and discover what this elusive thing called ‘love’ really is.

A Speaker with Laryngitis

Day three was when adversity really struck. It happened abruptly. Between breaks, our speaker completely lost her voice.

What would you do if you were the main presenter for an eager audience of 1300 people, and you got laryngitis?

Chalene’s team stepped up while she gargled salt water back stage.

Time to Nix the “Texter” Pose

I won’t be one of those people who walks around while texting anymore.

You know the type—head down, elbows bend, hands clutching a glowing device, thumbs working steadily away, shuffling slowly along, completely unaware of what’s going on around them. Maybe you are like that sometimes? I know I have been!