The Nap (short fiction)

Where are you? The words ring through the house but I don’t move. It’s warm where I am resting and probably the words aren’t for me anyway.  Don’t make me look for you. The words continue but there is no anger in them. Just gentle searching. My eyes blink open lazily. The sun hasn’t shone […]

Save Yourself

“Number three is the toughest to hear,” I pause to let the woman in tears on the other side of the Zoom call catch her breath. “Based on what you’ve told me and what I know, no one is coming to rescue you. You have to save yourself.”  “Save yourself.”  Why has this phrase become […]

Blessed are the Curious…

150 faces stare at me from their seats in the crowded atrium. 1000 more are staring at me from behind computer screens across Europe and North America. Some are bored. Some are eager. Some are wondering who I am and where I’ve come from. Some just find the seats with their flimsy banker blue cushions […]

Just Read It: Favorite 2020 Books

I love books. Books saved me as a kid. 2020 was no different…books saved me this year too. I read 70-something books this year (too many of them textbooks for school…but I digress), so I thought I’d share which ones were my favorite and for fun I’ve tried to narrow the list down to 5. […]

Love Letters Only

In time I would know that each ferry crossing was magical. But the very first time, my body, my mind, and my heart had no idea what was happening. As the sun shone on the waters of Puget Sound, I felt my shoulders lower from what had become their permanent spot up around my ears […]

Pride

Pride sometimes get a bad rap. Being prideful or too proud is generally frowned on in communication but I am full of pride and maybe a bit too proud for my own good for two reasons today. The first and biggest reason is that Tourlane raised $20M in Series C extension from our investors today. […]

Breathe…

Breathe Each year as I move from the Christmas holidays into the New Year, I try to settle on a single word as my theme for the year. I have focused on Joy. I have been Enough. I have followed by Heart. But this year, I couldn’t find the one word. So I waited. I’m […]

The C-word & 2020…

Wait…what? You thought I meant THAT c-word? Nooooo…not that one. Though I have discovered there is a time and place for that c-word when well placed and deserved. I call that the enlightenment of living in Europe. (hahaha!) No…what I meant was a different c-word entirely. Or better put…several c-words. In 2020, I’m chasing the […]

It doesn’t hurt to ask…

“Gather data. Gather data. Gather data. And when it feels personal, remember that it’s still data.” This is one of the most used pieces of advice I give to my team members, mentees, people who seek me about big decisions, etc. We absolutely get in our own way when it comes to asking for what […]

Tell Me More

Tell me more What’s going on? What’s keeping you up at night? Talk more about that Holding 1-on-1s with my team members is important to me. I try hard to keep a pretty open door and leave time in my calendar for last minute chats. For me this means being open to both regularly scheduled […]