Reflections on a Life-Changing Journey

What would it take for you to pursue what mattered to you in life? When Sheryl Ann Moore, award-winning attorney, author and speaker, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 40, it was a wake-up call that led her on an incredible life-changing journey. During her treatment, Sheryl’s doctor told her that she’d never be able to have children. Sheryl had always wanted a family so the moment her radiation treatments ended, she started the process of adoption. Being a single woman put her at a disadvantage and she went down several unsuccessful paths. Then a random act of kindness in a country western dance club changed everything. Sheryl met a woman who had a pregnant daughter in need of healthcare and an adopter for her child. Sheryl spent the remainder of the girl's pregnancy helping her with maternity care and emotional support, and ultimately adopted the baby—a beautiful boy. She named him William for her favorite expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Sheryl's world has changed in many ways since answering her wake-up call. She savors motherhood and manages a flourishing successful legal career. What did her journey teach her? She offers the following daily reflections to stay focused on what really matters.

  1. Take a broad view of work/life balance. It’s impossible to achieve balance in the course of a day, rather try to balance your week and/or your month’s schedule.
  2. Create rituals that separate your work life from your home life. It can be as simple as a hot shower and a change of clothes.
  3. Commit to daily times to unplug and be fully present with loved ones.
  4. Be selective about who you choose to spend time with.
  5. Whenever possible, schedule a massage.

Martina's Mental Game

Martina's Mental Game

Martina Navratilova's 6 mental fitness tools for women who doubt themselves

I had the privilege of sitting down with Martina recently to talk about women and confidence. I shared with her the stories of self-doubt that I have heard from capable and talented women and asked if she has come across the same struggles. Martina said that she had seen it in others, but she never let being a woman hold her back.

Mindset of an Olympian

Mindset of an Olympian

Olympian Shares 5 Mindset Strategies

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe is both an Olympic swimmer and an Economics student at Harvard. Renzo has come a long way from his home country of Suriname, the smallest in South America and one that does not possess an Olympic-size swimming pool. 

Authentic Leadership & Joy

Authentic Leadership & Joy

IBM Executive Claudia Brind-Woody has made it in a man's world while remaining true to herself. In a recent conversation, Claudia opened up about the significant experiences and relationships that have shaped her life.

Leaning into the Present Moment

Leaning into the Present Moment

Notes from Harvard Med School Conference

Most of us spend the vast majority of our lives between our ears, thinking, contemplating the future, ruminating about the past, going over our to-do-lists and “what if’s.” We postpone our dreams, putting them off, telling ourselves to wait until we have more information, resources and/or time. The truth is the more direction we are given in our lives, the more likely we are to resist. Self-determination is a key part of success and happiness.

Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama and You

Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama and You

Daniel Goleman, The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, recently addressed members of Harvard’s Institute of Coaching. As a member, I listened to his talk, “Coaching as a Force for Good,” based upon his latest book co-authored with the Dalai Lama, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.

Kiss My Face: A True Love Story

Kiss My Face: A True Love Story

BOB MACLEOD & STEVE BYCKIEWICZ, founders of KISS MY FACE have been together 38 years. They were legally married this spring; when they couldn’t ride their bikes to the gym due to heavy rain, they used their car, which they rarely do when wintering in Miami Beach, and while passing city hall, they decided to stop in and get married. That’s how Bob and Steve roll: casual, spontaneous, and without taking themselves too seriously.

Your Inner Peace: A Personal Mindfulness Plan

Your Inner Peace: A Personal Mindfulness Plan

Mindfulness is bringing awareness to the present moment without judgment. We are just beginning to understand the benefits of mindfulness. 

Faith Popcorn's Forecast

Faith Popcorn's Forecast

Faith Popcorn is a futurist, author and founder and CEO of Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve a one-of-a-kind marketing consultancy that started over four decades ago. Faith is famous for her ability to predict trends for Fortune 500 companies with high accuracy and then apply them to creating strategy, repositioning brands and weaving the messages into the appropriate cultures.