How to be a natural problem solver….

“Every problem we have, nature has already solved” Janine Benyus author of  Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. It was while I was hiking Aziscohos Mountain when I had what I call a “Divine Download”…. an idea that struck out of nowhere – a thought that pulled at my heart and made me say “Oh my […]

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Do You Bounce or Break?

Carefully making my way down the trail from the summit of East Kennebago Mountain, my legs felt like jello.   The elevation wasn’t too bad (3800′) but it was more strenuous than I expected.  Each step down my shins,  thighs and hips spoke to me.   I baby stepped down another few steps and felt my entire […]

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How to embrace change – naturally

It’s Autumn in New England -my favorite time of year. As I take long walks with my dog Lexi, in the Maine woods, I am struck with how quickly nature adapts to the shorter days, the colder nights, and how easily everything in nature seems to shift into winter. As I watch the squirrels bustle […]

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The Breeze at Dawn….

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.  Don’t go back to sleep.  ~ Rumi  I’ve never been a morning person.   I have always struggled with being coherent and my mind is muddled in a fog until at least 10am.  I have always had to drink copious amounts of coffee to jumpstart my day, […]

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You either grow, or you die.

If you have been in business two or more years, congratulations – you are one of the 10% of start-up businesses that survive past the first two years. ( If  not,  don’t worry – keep reading – this information can help get you there.)   Now, you find yourself in a position where you need […]

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Reaching the Summit is Only Half the Journey….

Have you ever wanted to achieve a goal so badly – you refuse to turn back, despite imminent danger, loss of life or limb, or risk of serious injury?  I see small business owners do this to themselves time and time again… “A good climber possesses the courage to turn back – even when the summit […]

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Lazy Mans Load

I remember my Dad telling us a story of how my Grandmother scolded my Uncle for carrying two sacks of potatoes down the cellar stairs.  “That’s a lazy man’s load!!” she hollered, and made him put the sacks down, and carry them back up the stairs one by one, and then carry them back down […]

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Clearing the Trail

Today we are getting wet, heavy, tree-bending snow. Sipping my coffee and watching the pines bend while the woods dress their naked limbs in drapes of white velvet, I thought back to years ago, when I would wake up and this type of snow meant one thing – snowmobiling season. Excitedly, we would rush through […]

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I will take a different path….

What if I don’t make it? What if I fail? (again) What if I can’t do this? What if it doesn’t work out?  What if I have to turn back and start all over again.  (again). My “What If” Gremlin is running amok. The crazy nay-sayer who has plenty to say. I have failed before.  […]

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