Why I Write

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It’s been a long time coming for me to feel courageous enough to create something new and show it to others. I’ve already told you it took me two years to launch this site. But it needed to happen. I believe we all have something to bring to the world. And for now, my something…

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Coming Back Changed

Leadership traits whiteboard

I just got back from a weekend in Chapel Hill, talking mindful leadership with some superstar Morehead-Cain students. To say I came home changed and inspired would be an understatement. In the course of our two-day workshop I had some of the most engaging, thoughtful discussions on mindfulness of my life…with young adults, some still…

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Why Do We Have Our Best Ideas in the Shower?

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You know what I’m talking about. You’re just minding your own business, washing your hair, when suddenly a million dollar idea comes out of nowhere. And you don’t have anywhere to write it down. You’re not alone. Flash insights like these are all about unstructured, distraction free time. And no, that isn’t exactly the mindfulness meditation…

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Two Years

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I realized last night that I’d been working on the idea for Hero in a Half Shell for over two years before I launched it. For two full years I sat on something I knew would help others, I knew was part of my contribution to the world, I knew needed to come out.And why?…

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The First Time I Meditated


I went to bed at 10:39 pm most every day in high school. The precise nature of that time may have been due to some obsessive tendencies, but that’s a different story. I decided it was the optimal time since I could never seem to be in bed by 10:30 on the dot and I…

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Like It’s Your Job

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It’s no secret that I’ve struggled at times to maintain a consistent meditation practice. I’ll tell anyone that. Even sitting once a week for an extended period of time can be a challenge if I begin to slip. Even though it’s my business and life work, I find myself at times struggling to justify taking…

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You Have to Give a Shit


My high school debate team lost in the state tournament because I was afraid to lose. I was afraid that if I tried and we lost it would matter. It would mean I was a loser. So I didn’t practice. I slacked during mock debates, I played it all off because it was easy for…

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How to be Thankful for the Good Times and Bad Times


My first choice in activity today would probably have been to stay in bed, watching Netflix, feeling lonely and useless, holding back tears… This week has been an emotional roller coaster for me — extreme highs and lows. Enough to keep my stomach turning and tying in knots. At Golden Bristle, we signed on our…

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Stop for a Minute and the Answers Will Come

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“Do you have the patience to wait Till your mud settles and the water is clear?” – Lao Tzu I’m opening the kimono a little in this one… The days after the holidays were a bit tough for me this year. I spent some wonderful time with family and friends back home around Christmas. I…

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The Annoying Part of Self Awareness

Thanks to mindful awareness I flossed my teeth last night. I know, doing something that’s good for my health probably shouldn’t be considered annoying. But I assure you, when I started brushing my teeth I didn’t want to floss at all. My inner dialogue went something like this: – “Do I feel like flossing tonight?”…

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