Following 1000

  When my car’s odometer hit car 100,000 miles I pulled over and took note. Wow, I thought, where have I traveled these last six years?   When my 20-year-old son orchestrated his first trip to Japan I watched his flight soar overhead in awe and wonder. When did this child become a man?   Many moments in life are pause worthy. Some pauses are more meaningful than others. I’ve learned to pause whenever my instinct dictates. Even if just a brief nod, I’ll stop in midstream and observe. Life’s too short to miss a moment of beauty, to re-frame a notion or learn something new.   Today, I stop to notice that I am following…

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Creativity explodes from within

  Creativity explodes from within. Its force is like an atom spewing every particle of energy throughout the body. When an original thought unveils itself, the power of its potential can be so great the recipient feels a surge of electric energy running right through them. This is the power of possibility. When a moment such as this occurs, it is accompanied by the unmistakable sense one stands on the threshold of changing the world.

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Not really silent

I recently released myself from the responsibility of writing blog posts. It’s unlikely many people noticed. I had yet to establish a steady stream of engrossing social commentary though I did make attempts. When my blog, The Reinventionist, went live 4 years ago, I thought my accumulated life experience, knowledge gained from failure and unyielding endurance gave me all the tools I needed to offer a healthy perspective on living, through the written word.  But I have discovered one strength has little to do with the other. Irene Buchine- Lesson #64 The individual with a gift for writing, faces the paper and writes. The individual with a gift for living, faces the day and lives….

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Don’t lose sight of who you are!

  “Hi, nice to meet you. So, what do you do?”  “I’ve been an engineer most of my life. In 1996 I took my first job with Hewlett-Packard and spent the majority of my time in, etc….  In 2004, our department was eliminated and I became the project manager of another division, etc…” We hear this type of conversation all the time. I call it the “the resume response”. This is where the problem begins. We tell others what we are, and not who we are! Sure, we all need to establish ourselves as credible. Titles do that for us in part, but as human beings each of us have lives and stories far greater…

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Do it because it matters

  When Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/) speaks about “resistance” and implores creatives, thought leaders and original thinkers to overcome their doubt, it is clear he also experiences the pit in his stomach and angst that accompanies such a platform. I understand all of this. Fear is the flip side of courage. As Brene Brown has experienced and points out (http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html) we need to have the courage to express our own convictions, be vulnerable and to dare greatly. I too am petrified. Like Seth and all who create, I wrestle every day with the tensions between courage and fear playing out within me. Seth implores us to SPEAK OUT about how we can improve what is. “Do it…

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About failure

Throughout my life I have known many failures. Each downfall has challenged me beyond my own imagination.  Yet, I fully realize that the lessons and knowledge gained in starting anew and rebuilding have provided me with my greatest opportunities to grow.

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Many voices on Reinvention

Over the past few years many articles and opinions have been written on the phenomena we call “reinvention”.  I have been collecting pieces for quite some time and thought others could benefit from them, as well. My point in sharing these links is to demonstrate how diverse the perspective on reinvention really is. What are the various circumstances that drive individuals to face reinvention? How do these individuals determine what’s next? What does the reinvention process entail, etc.? As a person who has lived a life of reinvention and works with individuals to take them through the reinvention process, these articles are fuel for thought. When one decides reinvention is paramount and the goal includes…

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Illiteracy reveals a writer

  As an enthusiastic human communicator, I have begun to cast my net out into the stratosphere through social media. There are many points I could make about how SM is daunting (at least for me), but there is an element fundamental to the medium, which has to be mastered in one form or another, to be heard. In addition to a platform and point of view, one needs to have the ability to write! As I sit here banging away on a computer keyboard whose letters are so worn out they can’t be distinguished anymore, I marvel at life’s intention. Was it always in the cards that I would be sitting here today steeped…

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Street Wise

As a young child I remember feeling giddy with fear and excitement as I secretly settled into a large appliance box that had been discarded by the curb, awaiting trash pick up. With three sides still standing tall, I stepped into the far reaches of this cavernous carton and quickly pulled the fourth flap in and folded the cover down overhead. It became darker inside with each step of this reconstruction. When the top was fully closed, I sat quietly assessing the darkness and the space. Shortly I noticed my box went from a large and exciting space, to one that suddenly felt very small. Nestled in my spot I sat silently. At first I…

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Carving a pathway

  This morning I carved through the great snow mountain that had buried my mailbox in our blizzard’s wake. I faced a mound five feet high and eight feet deep. Primed to tackle it, I just grabbed the shovel and began digging. Being a person under, five feet tall, I found my difficulty was in breaking through the ice crust that had formed on the top. The snow beneath this crust was relatively light. It broke onto my shovel easily in small removable bricks. Ah hah, so today’s obstacle became the day‘s challenge. Choosing the path of least resistance, I found myself digging a tunnel underneath the crust. I began to think (as I often…

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Following 1000

  When my car’s odometer hit car 100,000 miles I pulled over and took note. Wow, I thought, where have I traveled these last six years?   When my 20-year-old son orchestrated his first trip to Japan I watched his flight soar overhead in awe and wonder. When did this child become a man?   Many moments in life are pause worthy. Some pauses are more meaningful than others. I’ve learned to pause whenever my instinct dictates. Even if just a brief nod, I’ll stop in midstream and observe. Life’s too short to miss a moment of beauty, to re-frame a notion or learn something new.   Today, I stop to notice that I am following…

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Creativity explodes from within

  Creativity explodes from within. Its force is like an atom spewing every particle of energy throughout the body. When an original thought unveils itself, the power of its potential can be so great the recipient feels a surge of electric energy running right through them. This is the power of possibility. When a moment such as this occurs, it is accompanied by the unmistakable sense one stands on the threshold of changing the world.

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Not really silent

I recently released myself from the responsibility of writing blog posts. It’s unlikely many people noticed. I had yet to establish a steady stream of engrossing social commentary though I did make attempts. When my blog, The Reinventionist, went live 4 years ago, I thought my accumulated life experience, knowledge gained from failure and unyielding endurance gave me all the tools I needed to offer a healthy perspective on living, through the written word.  But I have discovered one strength has little to do with the other. Irene Buchine- Lesson #64 The individual with a gift for writing, faces the paper and writes. The individual with a gift for living, faces the day and lives….

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Don’t lose sight of who you are!

  “Hi, nice to meet you. So, what do you do?”  “I’ve been an engineer most of my life. In 1996 I took my first job with Hewlett-Packard and spent the majority of my time in, etc….  In 2004, our department was eliminated and I became the project manager of another division, etc…” We hear this type of conversation all the time. I call it the “the resume response”. This is where the problem begins. We tell others what we are, and not who we are! Sure, we all need to establish ourselves as credible. Titles do that for us in part, but as human beings each of us have lives and stories far greater…

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Do it because it matters

  When Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/) speaks about “resistance” and implores creatives, thought leaders and original thinkers to overcome their doubt, it is clear he also experiences the pit in his stomach and angst that accompanies such a platform. I understand all of this. Fear is the flip side of courage. As Brene Brown has experienced and points out (http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html) we need to have the courage to express our own convictions, be vulnerable and to dare greatly. I too am petrified. Like Seth and all who create, I wrestle every day with the tensions between courage and fear playing out within me. Seth implores us to SPEAK OUT about how we can improve what is. “Do it…

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About failure

Throughout my life I have known many failures. Each downfall has challenged me beyond my own imagination.  Yet, I fully realize that the lessons and knowledge gained in starting anew and rebuilding have provided me with my greatest opportunities to grow.

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