Haters, Copycats and Raving Fans (why they have everything and nothing to do with you)

Alexia Communication, Happiness, Personal Development, Public Speaking, Work-Life Balance Comments

I’m finally experiencing the post-launch afterglow I’ve heard online business friends and colleagues mention which has thus far eluded me. My insides feel as soft and fluffy as marshmallows. I wake up and my first thought is, “thank you,” rather than, “What do I need to attend to first?” I laugh and cuddle with my family during non-work hours without …

How I let my daughter see me shine (plus an invitation to my FREE speaking master class)

Alexia Coaching, Communication, Happiness, Public Speaking Comments

It’s taken me close to 2 years to reconcile my desire to do big work in the world with my coexisting desire to be home as much as possible with my daughter while I do it. While I work at least a few hours 6 days a week, and many days a “few” means up to 9 or 10 hours, …

The danger of taking advice from people like me

Alexia Coaching, Communication, Happiness, Personal Development, Public Speaking, Teaching Comments

While we are just a few days away from “falling back” and moving into Daylight Saving Time, the last few weeks there have been many moments where I’ve felt like I could just “fall down.” Although I’ve never felt more on purpose or happy, I’m simultaneously feeling wiped out. While to be fair having a series of 7-day workweeks and …

I’m So Over the Posturing

Alexia Career Advice, Communication, Happiness, Leadership, Money Comments

Can I share a secret with you? I don’t naturally have good posture. I love this picture of me from when I was 5 or 6 months pregnant. I’m doing my thing…and my shoulders are unapologetically crooked. Despite starting ballet classes at 4 and dancing at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a tween, I’m typically my most comfortable when …

Don’t Choke When You Speak

Alexia Communication, Happiness, Women's Issues

“I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m so….scared.” I have always loved the Saved by the Bell episode when Elizabeth Berkley utters these words mid-meltdown. Fortunately, unlike Berkley’s character Jessie Spano, I’ve never had an addiction to caffeine pills; but I have unsuccessfully dated perfectionism most of my life. And there is nowhere a perfectionist’s anxiety surfaces …

I Spoke This Dream Into Being

Alexia Career Advice, Happiness, Women in Business

Monday, March 17, 2014. It was just two weeks after I had begun my healing journey back from postpartum depression. While going on hormone replacement therapy a week earlier had enabled me to feel like I was close to being 100 percent back to me, the horrors of what I had felt, thought, and projected into the future were still …

Why Saying ‘No’ to Your Biggest Opportunity May Be Your Biggest Opportunity

Alexia Career Advice, Communication, Happiness

I am back! I don’t use these three words lightly. While I am still navigating the unfamiliar territory of integrating my professional life into my personal one since the birth of my daughter, I know that the storm clouds that settled over me during the first few months of her life have lifted. Many factors have played a role in …

Musings from the 4th Trimester: The Message in the Mess

Alexia Family, Happiness, Personal Development

It’s good to temporarily interrupt my newsletter/blog leave of absence to offer you fresh content this week. Wow, has 2014 given me a lot—the greatest joy I have ever experienced in the form of my daughter, Kaia, and…a big kick in the tuchus (as my dad would say). I wish I could report that my first weeks as a mom …

Opening the Door…and Saying Good-Bye

Alexia Happiness, Personal Development

Once a month I have to take the padlock off the gate to my backyard in order for my landscaping company to come back and perform their routine maintenance. Lately, this has become an increasingly difficult task. When it rains, the lock often rusts making it hard to unfasten. And with just over a week to go until my daughter’s …

Rewire Your Brain for Resiliency with Second Firsts’ Christina Rasmussen

Alexia Adult Learning, Career Advice, Happiness, Personal Development

According to Professor Edward Diener, one of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology, when someone encounters a loss she or he may grieve upwards of 5-8 years. And this is not just about experiencing the loss of a loved one. Whether one is going through a divorce or has lost a job, the grieving process and period can be …