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The Fires Will Come

From events like Advoco Connect, conferences, summits, wine making weekends, and more, it’s no secret to you that I like to plan. In October, I celebrated my 30th birthday, and a bunch of my friends came to visit me in San Francisco. I spent weeks, months actually, planning the perfect weekend. Dinners with beautiful scenery, bike riding over the Golden Gate Bridge, wine tasting in Sonoma, drives on the Pacific Coast Highway, visits to the Redwoods, and a grand finale party at one of my favorite homes in California – all the best restaurants and experiences for my best people. Mother Nature had a different plan, and a devastating fire ignited just north of our accommodations in Sonoma. You g

We Don’t Get Better When Things are Easy

Last year at Advoco Connect, our annual conference for the EAM community, Chris Oakley gave the keynote address. In his presentation, Chris talked about why we are afraid of change. This fear, he says, comes from a lack of confidence in doing something we have never done before. While this is natural, because how many of us are an expert the first time we do something new, (think back to learning how to ride a bicycle) it stifles our growth. Change can knock us down, but we ultimately get better because we gain experience, and these experiences help us learn. The cycle for accepting change looks like this: we gain confidence by knowing something; we know something because we have experienced

Seize the Day

After graduating from college, I lived in Scandinavia for a year. I was young, carefree, and aspired to make the most of each day. When I was unexpectedly granted a week off from work, I searched the budget airlines for my next travel destination. Soon thereafter I was booked on a flight to Malta. What could be better than a week in the Mediterranean, right? After far too little research, I decided to stay on the island of Gozo where I could visit the Blue Lagoon, Azure Window, Salt Pans, and Xlendi Beach. When I landed on the island of Malta, I took a public bus to a ferry, then another bus to my bed and breakfast. I quickly learned that I had made a huge mistake. Not only was I a young, so

Are You Living Your Dash?

It isn’t often that you read something that stops you in your tracks, but that’s exactly what happened when I read The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis. I knew I had to share this poem with all of you – I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash. What matt

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