The Work Leads To The Work

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My friend George and his wife Stephie are two of the most incredible people I've ever known. George is a photographer. One of the best. But every time he takes my photo he looks at his camera and shakes his head. I do not photograph well. Stephie is an artist with natural beauty inside and out.…

It’s NOT Complicated

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I think people over complicate things. Especially relationships. It's 3 am and I'm on the phone with D telling him about Aric. D: Have you told him about us? Me: Of course. D: I want to meet him. And so the next morning at 9:30 we all meet for coffee. Everything about this should be…

Something That Has Always Been

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The number of times I started this post - and then set it aside. COUNTLESS. It wasn't supposed to be like this. I swiped right because he was passing through town...and from his profile he was looking for something casual. Truth be told, I wasn't even supposed to be dating. I'd given up men for…

Strictly Business

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As the story goes, B was 11 years old when she dropped out of school and 12 when she had her first daughter. Shortly after, she moves to California where she takes a job working for a man running a car detailing business. She's 16 now - still a girl. But society sees her as…

Risk Not

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Sunday, I rode on the back of a motorcycle for the first time in 20 years. It was exhilarating and absolutely terrifying. My legs shook for hours afterwards. Risk. Life is filled with risk. In fact, sometimes it feels like life is about learning how to effectively manage risk. I felt disappointed tonight. I read…

What Happens When…

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Important things to know about me. I am terrible at feelings. Terrible at talking about how I feel. Terrible at knowing what to feel. And, if you put me on the spot and ask me how I feel about something...I'm likely to completely clam up - only to fall apart later. Most of the time,…

Some Things Happen. Some Things Don’t.

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Life is as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it. I think it was Shakespeare who said, "...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". More often than not, it is not the things that happen to us that cause us pain, anxiety, or discomfort - but…

Does Personality Change?

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Do you remember the Marshmallow Experiment? In the 1970's, Walter Mischel conducted an experiment at Stanford in delayed gratification. Children were given one marshmallow then told if they could wait 15 minutes to eat it, they would get a second marshmallow. The original thought behind the results of this study were that children who could…

Radical Forgiveness

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The first time I met Laura was in 2007 at Blogtoberfest San Marcos. Years later, we shared a bed at Tara Anderson's during the second StartupWeekend Boulder. This was back when Blackberry's were popular - and I remember laughing because we both slept with our Blackberry's under our pillows - on vibrate...so we wouldn't miss…