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Why being “good” may be anything but

Alexia Career Advice, Coaching, Happiness, Leadership, Women's Issues, Work-Life Balance Leave a Comment

F*ck. F*ck. F*ck. F*ck. F*ck. “What did you say, sweetie?” I asked, hoping I’d heard my daughter incorrectly.   And then she said it again. And again. And…again. After I put my eyes back into my sockets, unclenched my jaw and remembered how to breathe, my immediate next thought was, I’m a horrible mother. I knew my daughter had learned …

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 2 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 …

Say “Heck Yeah” to Retrograde

Alexia Personal Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance Leave a Comment

I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER SENSITIVE to a Mercury Retrograde, a time when the planet Mercury slows down and appears to (although it does not) actually move backwards. During the three to four times when this period happens each year, people often experience a range of “retrograding” symptoms. Because the planet Mercury rules communication, people often …

Mindfulness Can Heal Our Companies

Alexia Communication, Happiness, Healthcare, Work-Life Balance

In her new engaging and informative New York Times bestselling book, Mind Over Medicine, Dr. Lissa Rankin details the shocking truth about our health beliefs. Giving verifiable examples of healing placebos, fake surgeries that lead to cures, and spontaneous remissions, Dr. Lissa Rankin builds a compelling case for a major healthcare reset rooted in teaching people how to think themselves well. I believe …

How to Use Creativity to Spark High Performance

Alexia Coaching, Culture, Happiness, Leadership, Work-Life Balance

What do Google, Nordstrom and Zappos have in common? Not only are each of these companies regularly on national lists for best companies to work for, but each company also provides employees with regular opportunities for creative thinking outside of their primary projects and responsibilities. Gmail, Google Earth and Google AdSense are just a few of Google’s projects birthed from …

I Have Found My Nutritious Community

Alexia Career Advice, Gen-Y, Happiness, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance

Brilliant leadership coach and arts consultant, Steve Barberio, often talks about the importance of building yourself a tribe of people who share your values, vision, and professional and personal interests and enthusiasms. He calls them your nutritious community, because you feed one another on a variety of levels. (Keith Ferrazzi has done perhaps the best job of chronicling the process …

No Luck with the Job Hunt? You May Be Overthinking.

Alexia Career Advice, Coaching, Happiness, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance

The most important word for me in college, graduate school, and as a professor has been praxis. Whether studying it from a women’s studies, education, or social change perspective, its core is the same- take action, reflect upon it, and then take new action and facilitate transformation. In other words, humans have a predilection to sit on their tushies, search …

2009: The Year of Yes “I” Can

Alexia Coaching, Happiness, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance

“2009 will be a difficult year,” just about every prominent leader, strategist, expert, cultural influencer, client, and friend has said to me over the last week. I disagree. For those who, like me, define success by life satisfaction, here are some sagacious words from Gandhi that keep me in a possibility rather then limitation mindset. “Happiness is when what you …

From Gen-Y to Gen-How

Alexia Gen-Y, Happiness, Work-Life Balance

I’ve been asking “why” a lot lately, particularly in situations where I feel like I don’t hold an ounce of control, where I see people who matter to me hurting deeply. If Gen-Y is self-absorbed, I’m still searching for my ticket to the vanity party. Each day it is getting harder to practice happiness as I’m overwhelmed by so much …