I was inching my grocery cart forward in line at Trader Joe's the other day, nonchalantly checking out my smart phone when I glanced up and caught the cashier's eyes locked on mine. Not a word was uttered but his cold stare conveyed his thoughts.
I recently attended a transformative conference -- Wisdom 2.0 conference -- and one of my main takeaways was about the importance of being present--not distracted--when you're with people who are important to you.
By definition, a celebration is the act of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion. Most often, we think of celebrations for major milestones like birthdays, weddings, promotions or retirements. Don’t get me wrong, these are noteworthy and momentous, but why stop there?
This past weekend, I was able to spend a few glorious days in the highlands of North Carolina – the area around Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock and Boone. The address of the Airbnb I used is a small town called Seven Devils. While the entire weekend was a wonderful getaway...
Leadership at work isn't reserved for high positions alone. It's most effective in the emotionally intelligent, no matter their title.
True story. Earlier in my fundraising career, I was working in Virginia and putting together a trip to Boston to visit some donors and prospects we had there. I still remember one particular telephone conversation like it was yesterday: I want you to read it and think of three things I did wrong.
People volunteer for many different reasons, which mean they also have different motivations for lending a hand. Regardless of the reason, if someone is willing to lend his or her time and talents to your organization, you should take the time to get to know them as individuals.
When I first began my fundraising career, I assumed that literally everyone I would ever encounter professionally would be on my side. I thought that everyone I would meet would want to be helpful, always willing to look out for a fellow fundraiser, and that everyone’s “default” setting in life would be to build others up, not tear them down.
I’m glad you’re here – please, take a seat. There’s something we need to tell you.
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Massage became a hobby of mine when my first child was born. It was an innate way to calm his belly or quiet his exhausted cries. It slowly found its way into my life as a career.
Having been in the fundraising profession for a significant number of years, I take time to pause and reflect during this Labor Day as the Summer of 2017 quickly heads out to sea.
When I ask most people what image arises when I say the word wisdom or ask them to picture a wise person, the most frequent characteristic is old age. This makes sense, because we assume by the end of a lifetime we will have seen and done enough to have wisdom.
For the past six months or so, I’ve been trying really hard to practice mindfulness, and making this concept of “being present” a part of my daily life and interactions
I’ve never been happier to spend $300 on a flight in my life.
Several days ago, I boarded a Delta plane from Raleigh to Atlanta, the first leg of a two-segment flight home. I’d just been consumed with four consecutive days of client and senior team meetings, and as I hustled through the airport to my gate and into the aircraft, follow-ups and to-dos ran through my mind. Like we all do, I gave my “small portable electronic device” and its e-mails, texts and alerts all my attention until takeoff. The flight attendant’s and pilot’s announcements were just background noise.
I had just checked into the Sky Club in the Tampa Airport. I found a seat at a table and immediately pulled out my computer. I had just enjoyed 24 hours of successful business calls and needed to record all the call reports from my visits. As I was getting settled in for my 2-hour layover, I began to notice something.
Many of us interact through social media, which can be a great tool to stay in contact, but it doesn’t foster deep connection. For example, I might see on Facebook that my cousin Sara just had a baby. I find myself thinking “Oh wow, cousin Sara just had a baby, how nice.” Now I feel connected to her since I am informed about her situation. I also might reach out and say, “Congrats” on her Facebook page.
Five years ago, in May of 2012, I found myself a couch potato, overweight and not happy with many things in my life. I had begun walking for exercise, but my feet were constantly hurting and causing me pain, thus influencing my mindset of “do I really want to exercise”. I walked into my neighborhood Fleet Feet Running Store, simply to get fitted for a nice pair of walking shoes.
A few weeks ago, I returned from my summer vacation, though it may not be the vacation you expected to hear about. I spent a week driving, camping, hiking and running through three of the most beautiful national parks our country has to offer – alone.
I used to wonder what in the world people were doing. Did you ever feel that way? Why is that girl wearing an earring in her nose? Why does that guy have tattoos all over his body? What’s with the purple hair? Or the multi-colored finger nail polish? I just didn’t get it