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How To Grow Good Relationships

All month long, we’ve been talking about your relationships. 

 

It’s been an inside job. You’ve been digging, wrestling with deep roots and removing what doesn’t belong in your life. This is foundational for any leader, regardless of your sphere of influence. If you're going to be the best for others, you have to do the work inside yourself first

 

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How to Stop Isolating and Start Trusting

It’s Week 3 of our “excavation series” and we’re stepping onto hard ground. 

Grab your coffee, close your door and get focused. This is the hardest (literally and figuratively) week yet because hard ground is hard work.

Hardening happens when really difficult life experiences are left unaddressed. 

It’s a natural response to things like rejection,...

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How to Stop Comparing and Start Thriving

Welcome to Week 2 of our “excavation series!”

We tackled the hard topic of offense last week, and we hope you’re already seeing changes in your life as you ghost your past.

This week, we’re taking on the self-sabotaging subject of comparison.

You know it well because it’s with you all the time.

It’s with you in your morning scroll through IG or Facebook....

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How To Remove Offense From Your Life

Welcome to WEEK ONE of a three-part “excavation series.” 

We’re about to help you dig into your life and unearth conditions holding you back from building the best relationships possible.

The ground-breaking process of building lasting relationships involves others, for sure, but it’s an inside job first. You have to be willing to look inside yourself to cultivate...

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How To Spring Into Better Relationships

 Spring is almost in full swing! Are you as excited as we are?!

The rhythms of spring make it an ideal time for spring cleaning more than just your home and yard. The rain, the budding trees and blooming flowers are about to give us one of nature’s most beautiful seasons.

Our last blog introduced this idea as we talked about working the ground of your relationships. If you missed it,...

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The Dirt on Relationships

Life is all about relationships.

You have relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, small groups… even with your hair stylist and barista at your favorite coffee shop.

All of these relationships make an impact on your life, but some mean more than others.

We believe that building life well hinges on the quality of your most significant relationships. Apart from your...

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Better Together

One thing we are often asked is, “How do you make this friendship work?!” 

 

It is a miracle! We are extraordinarily different, and not just in terms of race. We are different in the way we work, our political perspectives, how we like to vacation, shop or even have dinner. 

 

It would be easy for us to get offended by the other. 

 

But we’ve made...

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Make Room for More

In our years of leading and mentoring, there is one theme shared by women of every generation. It’s a deep longing for real relationships. 

 

No amount of education, family dinners, social gatherings, professional accomplishments or church events satisfies this need.

 

It’s a need to be seen and known. To belong. To be liked. To be loved by people who see you at your...

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Mind The Gap

In the London Underground (called “The Tube”), there’s a gap between the station platform and the door of the train. As trains approach, an announcement comes on and you hear a perfectly British voice say, “MIND THE GAP!” 

 

“Mind the gap!” has been a part of the London Underground experience since 1969 and is nearly as famous as The Tube...

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For Such A Time As This

Your heart’s racing. 

 

Palms are sweaty.

 

You want to hide in a bathroom stall instead of being here. But you’ve worked so hard to make here—to the executive table, the decision-makers club, to a place with the “big dawgs” and the get ‘er done crowd.

 

Now you’re in, and it’s not what you thought it would be. The big dawgs...

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