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That Damn Second G&T!

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

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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3 Unexpected lessons learned from topless sunbathing

overcoming fear, courage, personal power

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…

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Leaving after the election for greener grass?

American expat, US, UK, Canada, migration, election, trump, brexit

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…

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Starting a new job after the death of a parent

new job, parent, death

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…

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

career regression, work life balance, purpose

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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