January 1, 2018
With the Full Moon, a super moon no less, shining brightly outside and temperatures here in the mountains dipping into the single digits, we're off to a remarkable start. Last year I based all of the the monthly updates on one word; this year I feel more drawn to writing about information that's helpful, including resources and connections.
Today I read a summary of "A Life of One's Own" - written by Marian Milner in the 1920/30s. The richness and beauty of her writing is moving. A psychoanalyst, she follows her own life over 7 years seeking an understanding of happiness. (Find a summary on Dailygood.org.) She reminds me to watch for the attitude and the posture toward a moment, using the widest possible lens of perception. That sounds right, perception and attitude. That reminds me of Elizabeth Lesser's Tedx Talk, and staying open to the pain we all experience from time to time. I highly recommend both of these.
The moon is full tonight, called a wolf's moon, and on the 31st, we also have a blue moon. Time to look up. See the stars.
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"I have come across many smart, strategic, capable, articulate, empathetic, energetic leaders and advisers over the course of my career. While Kelleen has all of those qualities, she has one that is particularly rare and desirable in a mentor/coach: wisdom. It is her wisdom that truly sets her apart from the crowd and it is one of the qualities that inspires my trust in her counsel. She was instrumental in helping me create my business and will no doubt play a role in its growth and success. She will challenge you, inspire you, and ultimately be by your side as you discover your best path forward. The results are undeniable."
- Sirish Prabhu, Founder & Principal, The Policy Matrix, Winter, 2018
"When I was selected to do a TEDx talk, I felt pretty confident in my ability to write a concise, funny, detailed and representative presentation on the subjects allotted to me. As a cartoonist, that is basically what I do, only in a different form. The organizers suggested that we use mentor/coaches to help us, if we felt that we needed help. Kelleen was a Facebook fan of my work, and I knew that she was a mentor and coach. I thought, "What do I have to lose? I can always NOT use her advice if I don't find it helpful. It turns out that engaging Kelleen was the best thing I could have done. She helped me whittle down my talk to the essences of the subjects, she listened to my presentation multiple times and had great advice on how to make it better. She offered lots of encouragement, and sat in the audience grinning and laughing along with the rest of the crowd. And perhaps the best thing was that she always came back to the idea that I knew what I was doing; I just needed a little outside perspective to make it the best it could be. I highly recommend her services and I highly recommend her!"
- David Cohen, National cartoonist and musician, Asheville, NC, Fall, 2016