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Take Off

Take Off

I’ve been told I’m not very good at accepting compliments, maybe it’s because my mind is scrambling for something nice to say in return.  Do you know that feeling?  Here’s something that earned me a few compliments recently: Thanks for your message! I’m taking a day off to breathe, rest, and recharge… I might even exercise!  I know how much great work needs to be done, and this is going to help me be at my best, thanks for understanding.  I’ll respond to your message following my return on Tuesday.  -AJ Do you ever feel guilty for taking a day off?  Or do you commit the greatest crime of all and work during a day off?? Ouch. I do both ...

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Do you have 5 minutes to spare, for YOU?

Do you have 5 minutes to spare, for YOU?

Pause & reflect. Find energy in balanced well-being. Looking at my Lululemon shopping bag, I’m reminded multiple times to take a pause for a meditation and deep breath break… “Breathe Deeply” “Meditate for 10 minutes every day. Unless you’re busy. Then meditate for 20.” “Stress is related to 99% of all illness” Meditation and deep breathing support your nervous system. Having a meditation practice can lower blood pressure, improve focus, increase energy and help to deescalate stressful circumstances. Sitting quietly with focus only on your breath can be tough. When I first started meditating, I found it difficult to sit still, feel comfortable in the position I chose and not make my mental to do list. After some practice (because ...

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Disrupt: Notions About Work that Are So Last Year

Disrupt: Notions About Work that Are So Last Year

The last few weeks of 2019 were full of networking events, professional development workshops and more LinkedIn scrolling than usual. A few comments and posts stood out to me because they went against the grain and challenged me to think differently. How could ideas like working less, celebrating late bloomers and taking subtle risks be better than nearly burning out, focusing on only the “up-and-comers” and going big or going home? Here’s how… Work Less Society says: The more you work, the more important you must be. Work day, work night. Or in the words of Rihanna, “Work, work, work, work, work.” I recently listened to a local chef and his wife speak about the successes (and failures) of their ...

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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Breathe In, Breathe Out

I found myself in a unique juxtaposition this past year shifting between severe work stress and studying the practice of integrating the body, mind and spirit into one. The company I worked at for 13 years announced its merger with one of its largest competitors around the same time I had applied for the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certification. My role as a recruiting leader holds a high degree of responsibility and I thrive on the multi-tasking busy nature of the role. Post-merger announcement, that multi-tasking busyness was amplified to the nth degree. We took inventory of all things recruiting for both companies and pushed towards a unified way of doing things in the future. I started off hopeful, ...

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The Awe

The Awe

Where have you experienced a moment that stays with you?  A moment suspended in time. It may have happened looking at nature.  It may have happened looking at someone. It stands out because it doesn’t fit in your current narrative.  It stands out because it makes you look at something in a new way and you say to yourself, I will never look at it the same way again.  I will never forget what it feels like to experience this.  Right here.  Right now. When standing atop Angels Landing in Zion National Park recently, I thought to myself – I am just a small part of this vast universe.  Talk about being put in your place – overwhelmed and at ...

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