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Category: Getting Unstuck

tiny men labor to disassemble a strawberry

One foot on the brake and one on the gas (but mostly one on the brake)

[ 0 ] July 10, 2017

Have you ever had a goal, something that was really important to you, yet somehow not quite managed to achieve it? Maybe you even knew exactly what to do. Maybe you felt like you were putting everything you had into it. Yet, somehow that wasn’t enough to make it happen. This used to be the […]

Ignite Retreat in the Smoky Mountains

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

[ 0 ] October 31, 2016

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?

[ 0 ] October 1, 2016

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 […]


On quitting my job and freedom

[ 4 ] July 4, 2012

I sat at my beige desk, surrounded by beige walls and beige bookcases. The ceiling vent inexorably blew cold air on my neck, as it had every day for four years. I felt the beginnings of my daily boredom headache taking root as the afternoon stretched on, snagged and stuck on the eternal 2:33 pm.

"I am drawn to fire."

Creativity, passion, fire–the mysterious ways of The Pull

[ 3 ] June 27, 2012

Sometimes, you’re so fired up, your energy feels like a big glistening color-filled bubble in your chest, pulling you irresistibly toward creativity and success. But then there are the other times. If you’ve experienced The Pull, and then experienced the lack of it, you know what a slog it can be to try to work when it’s gone. So, what can you do?

A car speeding toward you--the first step to overcoming fear?

On cubicles, a death wish, and how I bought back my life

[ 0 ] May 22, 2012

I stood frozen, watching the car speed toward me. It was a deer-in-the-headlights moment: I knew I had to get out of the way, but there I stood, rooted to the spot as the car got closer.

children on a water ride demonstrate different reactions to fear

How do you approach fear? Fun quiz

[ 0 ] May 16, 2012

How do you approach fear? Take this quiz!

What's holding you back? (Free Guide)

What’s holding you back? (Free Guide)

[ 1 ] May 14, 2012

If you could do anything, if nothing was holding you back and there were no rules, no constraints, no money problems, no judgmental faces… what would you do?

overcome sadness and learn how to feel better

Let go and do more: One piece of the puzzle

[ 4 ] March 14, 2012

When you fight against yourself, you’re guaranteed to lose. Here’s one way to stop struggling against yourself and your feelings.

Live life to the fullest by overcoming fear: take off your mask!

Taking off the mask I didn’t even know I was wearing

[ 23 ] February 29, 2012

I pride myself on being real, but I feel like I’ve been putting on a false front here lately. It’s made it impossible for me to work. I’m tired of being afraid, so today I spill all.

A dog feels the letdown after tearing all the stuffing out of a new toy.

Overcoming Post-Holiday Blargh1

[ 0 ] January 12, 2012

Some people spring into the new year, filled with energy and resolutions, ready to take on the world. I am not one of those people. If you’re not either, here’s what I’ve found that helps.

Getting Unstuck by Cara Stein

How to Turn Off your Autopilot, Stop Waking Up to a Repeat of Yesterday, and Trade your Lead for a Jet Pack

[ 0 ] December 15, 2011

It seems like some people have it all figured out. They do what they want–make things happen and achieve their dreams. They love their lives and seem to be powered by rocket fuel. Meanwhile, you’re running on empty. It doesn’t have to be that way.