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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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The Power Of A Preset

Imagine for a minute that we were enjoying coffee together. We’ve laughed—a lot. Shared some of our favorite style and food finds. And now we’re at the point where things can stay lighter get a little deep. 

 

You know that point, right? It’s where you decide whether or not to get into the stuff that really matters. The things you keep hidden… just...

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An Unconventional Story Of Love

In this week of celebrating love with chocolates, flowers and fancy dinners, we wanted to tell you a different story of love. Not one of a guy and girl who met at a coffee shop or in an airport. Not a story of  a whirlwind romance complete with the crazy ex. Not a story of a girl, who is really a run-away princess who meets and falls in love with a no-name local from a different country.

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You Were Made For Change

“Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” —C. JoyBell C.

We started this year with a Personal Pledge to change one thing in our life and to do it in as many ways as possible. The goal is to build life well in this area all year long.

We love this challenge because we love meaningful change. We enjoy building...

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Nourish Your Resilience

When’s the last time you argued (with yourself) about where you left your keys or whether or not an email was sent? You swore you set them “here,” or emailed it yesterday... but you were wrong.

 

When you think back on how something happened, you can be so sure you know exactly what happened, but instead, your memory is proven wrong. It can be maddening, right?!

 

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Extraordinary Outcomes Start Here

Can you believe we’re weeks into a NEW DECADE already?!

We’re excited for what’s ahead and ready with some practical tools to help guide your resolve to build life well — all year long.

So far, we’ve set our focus with a “2020 Personal Pledge,” talked about how to notice the nudges in your life and explored the power of a smart stop. If you’re new...

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A Smart Stop

Has it happened yet? 

Have you slipped back into unhelpful habits you hoped to leave in 2019?  

We know it’s still early in the year, but we’ve already heard from some of you that this new year has been anything but new. 

We have a tool that can help give you a fresh perspective. It’s our “2020 Personal Pledge” and you’re right on time to...

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