The Overprotective Parent

Sometimes, in my line of work, it can feel like “sonar” work. What I mean is that there are times when I send out a “pong”, like a submarine, in search of …something…anything…that will give me assurance that there is recognition in the eyes or ears...

Sun up! Mindset = Immunity

Mindset = Immunity That’s right. The strength of your immunity is directly proportional to the strength of your mindset.  Note: By now, you know I don’t do your homework for you. BUT, I will tell you that this is all relative to cytokines. Cytokines are related to...

See Yourself On The Other Side

One of my first memories is sitting near the end of a chapel pew at my father’s funeral. I was seven and I distinctly remember my cousin leaning over and whispering into my ear. “You know, it’s okay to cry.” Somehow, from the beginning, I have been able to transport...

“The Day I Restructured My Own Value”

I answered the question with five words. “I want to be invincible.” I had decided I wanted to hire a coach. A fitness coach. And I found a coach that embraced my ethos, entirely. Self-sufficiency Optimistic Believing the answer to everything is “consistency” Real food...

The Contingency Plan (Where is your Go Bag?)

Now that we have all – in one way or another – experienced full-scale retreat mode, it’s time to begin thinking about how we are going to re-engage. How much information do you need, for yourself, in order to determine what your personal (or family)...

The Rio Bland :: “What If” vs “Why Not”

“What if I went out on a limb? What if I suddenly did something different today? What if I just walked away? What if I answered that same old question with a different response today? What if I just said no instead of yes? What if I just said yes instead of no? What...

Austin Women’s Leadership Summit (with me as emcee!)

In February I had the honor of emceeing the annual Austin Women’s Leadership Summit at the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin, TX. The event brings together a powerful collection of many female leaders from the region. With a packed room of dynamic innovators and...

I N S P I R E D

Do you know what it feels like in those first few seconds of waking consciousness, when your eyes slit and peel open for the first time after a night of sleep; and in those fleeting milliseconds you are presented with so many pathways? I will go back to sleep. I will...

The Reflective Waters of December

I’ve begun speed reading Cormac McCarthy. People have told me for some time now – you know, just people here and there – that I should read him. Something about the way I speak or the general subject matter I seem drawn to or perhaps refer to now and then....