Thanksgiving after Cancer

After a terrifying year, my family is learning to be grateful for normal, humdrum life

The Washington Post, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving is usually a busy time, not only in my career-coaching business but also in my roles as a mom and primary household manager — making me more harried and less grateful than I should be. But last holiday season, that busy but normal life fell apart when my 12-year-old, Gillian, received a diagnosis of a rare bone cancer.

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My first paid confession

Confessions of a life coach: when my clients succeed, I’m left with nothing

Quartz, September 9, 2015

My client started our 13th phone session together by telling me she figured out what she wants to do with her life. She came to me fed up with the long hours of mind-numbing work at her office. She didn’t think she’d have the time or energy to find a new career. I helped her strategize. Now, she excitedly announced that she enrolled in a certification program to become a holistic health practitioner.

Another client success.

“Damn, she’s going to leave me,” I thought…

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