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That Damn Second G&T!

October 5, 2017

I got drunk recently while on vacation with friends in Madrid. It was easily done during a sun-filled day infused with endless laughter.  However, it wasn’t the countless vinos blancos, nor the friendly Venezuelan waiter, Humberto, that did me in. It was that damn second G&T! As soon as I said ‘yes’ to a second…

3 Unexpected lessons learned from topless sunbathing

July 29, 2016

It took all my courage. But once I did it, I was instantly hooked.  The power was intoxicating. The implications went far beyond the shores of the Canaries. Like many of life’s unknowns, we don’t always know how an event or action will impact us. We may need ‘processing’ time before it sinks in. It…

Leaving after the election for greener grass?

June 16, 2016

Many Americans are afraid of who will become the next president, causing them to consider leaving their homes.  Google reported a 350 percent jump in searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ following Super Tuesday.  One poll says 1 in 4 are ‘likely’ to consider leaving the US if Donald Trump becomes president.  The…

Starting a new job after the death of a parent

April 12, 2016

Reflections on finding comfort in change and living with loss With four days left to work and plans to start a new job a day later, I got the call that would irreversibly change my life.  My mother had a massive brain aneurysm and was placed on life support.  I dropped everything to fly 3,000…

3 strategies to keep your sanity when going up, down and off the ladder

January 29, 2016

For many, the new year is a time to re-evaluate career options, explore new paths or restart job searches postponed for the holidays.  Enthusiastically, you may started your career search hoping to find exciting, well paid opportunities with clear growth.  For some this may happen.  They may successfully secure a job that meets their expectations. …

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Alcohol, alcoholism, gin tonic, Madrid, fear, courage, power

That Damn Second G&T!

I got drunk recently while on vacation with friends in Madrid. It was easily done during a sun-filled day infused with endless laughter.  However, it wasn’t the countless vinos blancos, nor the friendly Venezuelan waiter, Humberto, that did me in. It was that damn second G&T! As soon as I said ‘yes’ to a second…
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bold, daring, living fully, empty chair

Knock. Knock. It’s Inner Diva calling.

Let me preface this by saying I’m not completely crazy.  Maybe a little, but not completely.  When I sat down to write this blog, I had only a persistent feeling and a vague idea of what I wanted to express.  After spending the weekend practicing the Empty Chair technique during my life coaching training, I…
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business growth, size matters, growth mindset, long game

Does size really matter?

Does size trump all in business? Is being the biggest really better? Or, is there more to the story ? With the emergence of bountiful blossoms, I couldn’t help but take a cheeky twist for this month’s blog.  Another piece I started 2 years ago and since, has been languishing in the electronic pile of…
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mother, daughter, bond, love, death,

A Good Death

Death is one of only two certainties we experience in life. But talking about death still remains largely a taboo. It would seem that for such an important life experience, most of us would want to have a ‘good’ one. But what does that mean?  Is there even such a thing as a good death? …
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black, white, race, identity, important lessons, be who you are

Most important lesson my white mother taught me about being black

Next month will be two years since my mother passed away. Maybe that is why she’s been so vividly alive in my dreams lately. A few weeks ago, I dreamt we were together in her home of 30+ years going through old boxes in the attic containing family photos and keepsakes. In her usual way,…
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awareness, conscious living, choice, making a difference, purpose

WTF moments that lead to change

It can happen between a blink, a breath or even mid-sentence. One minute your life makes complete sense.  You’ve got it all figured out, know exactly what you want and how to get it.  The next minute, absolutely nothing makes sense! You are at a loss, wondering, what the hell happened? This is what happened…
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overcoming fear, courage, personal power

3 Unexpected lessons learned from topless sunbathing

It took all my courage. But once I did it, I was instantly hooked.  The power was intoxicating. The implications went far beyond the shores of the Canaries. Like many of life’s unknowns, we don’t always know how an event or action will impact us. We may need ‘processing’ time before it sinks in. It…
Read More
American expat, US, UK, Canada, migration, election, trump, brexit

Leaving after the election for greener grass?

Many Americans are afraid of who will become the next president, causing them to consider leaving their homes.  Google reported a 350 percent jump in searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ following Super Tuesday.  One poll says 1 in 4 are ‘likely’ to consider leaving the US if Donald Trump becomes president.  The…
Read More
new job, parent, death

Starting a new job after the death of a parent

Reflections on finding comfort in change and living with loss With four days left to work and plans to start a new job a day later, I got the call that would irreversibly change my life.  My mother had a massive brain aneurysm and was placed on life support.  I dropped everything to fly 3,000…
Read More
career regression, work life balance, purpose

3 strategies to keep your sanity when going up, down and off the ladder

For many, the new year is a time to re-evaluate career options, explore new paths or restart job searches postponed for the holidays.  Enthusiastically, you may started your career search hoping to find exciting, well paid opportunities with clear growth.  For some this may happen.  They may successfully secure a job that meets their expectations. …
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Solace for Surivors, Surviving the Holidays

Through cups of eggnog and Christmas cheers, we hide behind our fake smiles to conceal our invisible scars and aches of yesteryear. Perhaps it is the unspoken demands to be happy or bursting with bubble, that leaves us deflated, wondering what is wrong with us when we are not. Maybe it is because we are…
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My first blog post: No matter what

“Hi….I’m Marcie.” Handshake, eye contact, awkward silent pause, don’t think we’ve met before… Tell me your name. Introductions can be hard, especially when we’re not sure what to say during the uncomfortable space between two unknown people.  Yet, good introductions are vital. With that first exchange of dialogue we unconsciously assess, evaluate, measure, and then…
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marcie boyer, mom, Jamaica, wedding, authoring own story, beliefs, power of choice

A therapist once told me I had an “unnatural relationship” with my mother. Today, I’m okay with that.

This phrase has been buried in my mind, like a worm, burrowed deep into the recesses of my psyche. It has remained unearthed there for twenty years, until recently when it was forced to the surface by a flood of tears. Once surfaced, I had to make a final decision, did I agreed with her…
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