Show

Inspirational

Lisa’s Nest: A Story of Limitless Love

Lisa's Bird Nest

This month marks the 6th year I have walked in Seattle’s SummeRun. My sister-in-law, Lisa, lost her battle with Ovarian cancer 5 years ago.  Our team, Limitless Love for Lisa, walks in her honor with family members and friends, to raise funds to benefit the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Our goal is to end this horrible disease. This year our team was a small, but mighty group.  Since some of us only connect annually at this event,  I always look forward to talking and walking with them. This year I walked most of the 3 miles with one of Lisa’s

Continue Reading »

, ,

Lessons in Communication from the Great Sailing Adventure

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

“If we aren’t careful, we’ll be home ahead of schedule.” ~ Captain Randy While sitting on a deck at a local restaurant, watching the sailboats pass by, I had to laugh.  It looks so simple, so carefree, so unstressful. Just sailing in wind and enjoying the view.  But, I know better.  I remember my first big sailing trip with my cousin “Captain Randy”, and it was anything but carefree.  In my experience, sailing really comes down to this: a lot of (preferrably skilled) work and really good communication. The adventure started when Randy announced at a family reunion that he

Continue Reading »

,

When an Interrupted Life Becomes a Blessing

When Life is Interrupted

My husband, Ken, went to the high school to see his last group of former 6th grade band students play in their last concert, while I shopped for our grandson’s 1st birthday. Not long after I had returned home, my phone rang. It was Ken. He wanted me to come pick him up because he wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t think too much of it – probably a tummy or head ache. Then, as I saw him on the curb waiting for me, things slowed down. I could feel life being interrupted. Something wasn’t right. He said he was having chest

Continue Reading »

,

My Mother’s Eyes

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me.  On one hand, I am blessed to be a mom of two amazing children, a mom-in-law to their spouses I have come to adore, and a Grammy to our first grandchild. On the other hand, my heart aches for my own mom. Mother’s Day reminds me of all of the wonderful memories I have of my mom and it makes me sad for the ones we never got to make. My mom loved to make others happy. She was the most generous and kind person you could ever know. Always knitting, quilting or baking for someone else;

Continue Reading »

,

Breaking Your Bad Communication Habits

shoe roundup

Have you ever gone through your closet and sorted out your old clothes? You know, ones that either don’t fit, or that aren’t your “color?”  I learned recently that I shouldn’t wear black. I think half of my wardrobe is black.  So, I decided it was time for some clothing reassessment. I grabbed a friend and a glass of wine and went through my closet. We used the color charts and tips and after a very productive session of closet downsizing, I took three garbage bags full of clothing to my car to be transported to charity. The bags sat for a

Continue Reading »

, , ,

Connecting Through Kindness

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

In 1982,  a woman in California scribbled the words, “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a restaurant. That simple note gained momentum and quickly spread as a message calling all of us to practice caring and compassion. Now, every year during the week of Valentine’s Day, there is an official Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week. This year marked the 20th year that a week has been specifically set aside to celebrate the power of kindness. Kindness is an act that inspires others to connect, respect, and make a contribution to

Continue Reading »

, , ,

Communicate Your Love|Give Your Valentine a Heart Attack

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Valentine’s Day is a great time to think about how to communicate how much you appreciate your loved ones in your life.  Communicating your love is sometimes uncomfortable, but always important. Communicating well can be the best way to improve and get what you want out of any relationship. Here are some really easy, inexpensive and tangible ways to do that. Give them a “Heart Attack!” Take heart shaped sticky notes and write love statements (why you love them, or simply write “I love you”). Put them all over a mirror, door, walkway, counter – wherever they will easily find

Continue Reading »

, , , , ,

Keep Moving Forward

Today, as I enjoyed a beautiful walk with my daughter at Chambers Bay, surrounded by people from all walks of life and of all colors, I reflected on the life and legacy of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and the influence he has had on our country. He was passionate about all he did and believed it was our responsibility to work peacefully to better ourselves and the world around us, through advocacy and service.  And, he was a great communicator.  He not only had a dream, he could share it in a way that continues to inspire. The Martin

Continue Reading »

,

Saying Goodbye to Ruben

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I wrote this blog a month or so after we lost our Ruben, but never managed to hit the “send” button.  It’s been about 5 months now and I just found it in my “drafts” folder.  It’s time to say goodbye…. If you’ve read any of my posts, you probably know about our “mini” dachshund, Ruben. Ruben was our daughter Kalli’s dog, adopted when her big brother went to college, as a fitting replacement for her daily companion. Ruben, named after Ruben Studdard won on American Idol in 2003,  was supposed to be a registered, mini-dachshund.  He was expected to reach about 9-11

Continue Reading »

, , ,

The Great Baby Gender Reveal

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Last weekend, my daughter and her husband threw a party to let their friends and family be the first to know the gender of their little one. As we entered the room we were given a choice of wearing a pink or blue ribbon to display our baby gender prediction. I had been calling this baby a “she” from the moment I found out Kalli was pregnant and I was sure we there to simply confirm that.  Promptly at 7:15 (to allow for guests with small children to get done before bedtime), we all grabbed a disguised cupcake. The frosting was

Continue Reading »

, , ,