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Hey Friends, Thank you for all of the birthday well-wishes a couple of weeks ago, my heart felt full. I’m closing out our series on connection this week by focusing on connection to yourself. If you haven’t had a chance to read the connection series, here’s a link to the first of the series. Today, […]

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Saying Yes

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Hey Friends, Sometimes, our friends say it better than we do. In light of the recent election and political climate, I’m sharing an article written by my colleague, Dr. Shauna Tominey, Assistant Professor of Practice and Parenting Education Specialist at Oregon State University. Dr. Tominey points out that, as parents, we have an opportunity to […]

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How to Lose

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I’m adding a little bonus to our series on connection by taking on my birthday to express gratitude. I have so many beautiful connections in my life – personal and professional. Some connections have been heart-breaking, some life-changing, and others soul-lifting. But every connection has mattered. It’s important to celebrate birthdays. Why? Not for self-promotion […]

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Birthday Gratitude

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Hey Friends, Well, I don’t know about you, but it seems like we went from worry about dry grass and wildfires to making fires indoors in a one, hot minute. Welcome Fall – it’s here! That’s the funny thing about seasons, they come whether we’re ready or not – and I mean that both literally and […]

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Saying No

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Hey Friends, How’d you do on your homework last week? OK, so you got distracted with online learning, pumpkin picking (socially distant, of course) and catching up on football. No? Just me? Or you’re crazy-busy because work is picking up after months of COVID-denial from other businesses….No? Just me? Perhaps it just felt hard. That’s […]

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Expanding Your Circles

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Hey friends, I hope this message finds you leaning into fall. If you’re like me, you resist all-things pumpkin spice until October 1, at which time you bring out pumpkin-everything, spiders, ghouls, peanut butter-filled chocolate candy and all-things-crunchy leaves and crock pot meals. Mmmmm. Week four on building connections brings us to your secondary circle on The […]

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Finding Your People

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Well, we’re into week three of discussing connections. Conveniently, a friend recently reminded me of something I told her that felt grounding to her, so I thought I would repeat it here:  It just takes one stable, loving person in your life (or your child’s life) to feel whole and loved. So, let’s focus on […]

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Reminders about Connection

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As we dive into our series on connection, I thought I might share a recent post I made on social media. We have many more of you reading this newsletter, so it provides me with an opportunity to help you get to know me. As professionals, we strive to keep our personal and professional lives […]

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My Why

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I want to thank the hundreds of you who reached out to me last week as fires raged across Oregon and directly into our back yard. As I type this, our air quality index has improved and we are safely tucked back into our home. Others in Oregon have not been so lucky. I hope […]

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Setting the Stage for Connection

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Hi Friends, I hope this message finds you well and safe. Late Tuesday evening, our beautiful farm was placed on a Level 3 evacuation notice. We packed everything that was of value to us into four suitcases, two totes and a small safe. One suitcase for each person in our family – packed with personal […]

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Four Suitcases, Two Boxes

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