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The tree frog’s guide to self development

Last week, I went on a retreat in Puerto Rico. Our venue was perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, and we were in the rain forest part of the island, so we had the sound of tree frogs lulling us to sleep each night. It was amazing. The whole time we […]

ready to come out of hiding

Atlanta traffic, fear of failure, and finally being good enough

What are you afraid of? I’m not talking about things like spiders or snakes. I’m talking about your real fears. If people saw the things you’re trying to hide about yourself, what would they see? And what are you afraid would happen if they did? This is on my mind because I’ve spent the past […]

Ignite Retreat in the Smoky Mountains

The third-scariest thing I’ve ever done (and why it was awesome)

Ignite Retreat 2016 was frickin’ amazing. I hate that so many people missed it, so I want to share some of the highlights. But first, I want to tell you what a huge thing it was for me to plan and host this retreat. Not only was it an enormous leap in terms of talking […]

What difference can three days make?

What difference can three days make?

They say that, until our pain is greater than our fear, we never change. That does seem to be true. For me, that point came a few months ago. I had been in a time of mourning and deep depression, and my life had fallen apart. As I came awake and looked around, I knew […]

Ignite Retreat, October 17-19, 2016

Ignite Retreat, October 17-19, 2016

If you could get out of your own way, you could do amazing things. However, if you’re not fully connected with your true self and your life purpose, you’ll always hold yourself back. Even when you work really hard and do all the right things, you’ll keep the brakes on and make sure you never […]

peeking through a hole

Why you SHOULDN’T know better

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… There’s something you want to do. It’s very important to you. You can see a ton of potential benefits for doing it. You’ve made plans to do it. Maybe you’ve even spent money on tools or supplies to help you do it. But for some reason, despite your […]

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Happiness, depression, and feeling like a fraud

Hi everyone, I want to apologize for disappearing for the past four years. I didn’t realize it at the time, but what really happened is that I felt like a fraud, so I stopped. After all, I wrote the book on how to be happy (literally!), and then I wasn’t happy. So who was I? […]

shovel digging a hole

What if your Dig Deep button broke?

I know I’m not the only one who seems to get around to solitude, creativity, and recharging only after all the “serious work” is done (i.e., never, in some cases). What if you broke your Dig Deep button and put coming alive first?

yawning lion--as tired as I am?

What do you need right now?

Have you ever been so tired, you find yourself wailing despairingly, “I just want to go to bed!” …when you’re already on your way there?

World Domination Summit globe on stage

Two days of inspiration in one small burst

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you say to someone when you’re being uncool.”
— Almost Famous

happy couple waves goodbye out the back window of an old car

Celebrating an Ecstatic Goodbye + 50% off Beyond Fear

It’s a year ago today that I gathered the last few things out of my office, took my name plate off the door, and walked out for the last time–a free woman. Here’s the secret most people won’t tell you: exciting = terrifying + awesome.

All you need is love

How to transform someone’s day in 2 minutes or less

Once upon a time (a.k.a. this morning), I woke up feeling grumpy, anxious, and overwhelmed. (Also, fat and whiny–just to complete the picture.) Around 9:00, the phone rang…