Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

Design So Children Thrive

By |January 7th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, we design our homes and classrooms for thriving. We all want the best for our children. In order for children to thrive, we all must thrive. One cannot thrive at the expense of the others. This is an essential tenet for cooperation, belonging, and sustainability. So, how do we create homes and […]

The Path of a Changemaker

By |December 31st, 2017|

Our hearts are filled and abundant, except if they aren’t. I have walked both journeys. Haven’t we all? Yet, mysteriously, we all join into the spirit of changemaking at this time of year. It nourishes our hearts. It is a Learn Forward, most important journey of a child.

Over the holidays, we are listening to the hearts […]

4 Reflections from a ‘Change-Maker’

By |December 18th, 2017|

Today I received a heartfelt message of changemaking from a friend,
I wanted to share that I was sad to not join you Friday night for the Christmas party. We had committed to two other families to hit the streets of Kelowna with our Santa elves….We prepared backpacks filled with warm stuff, toiletries, food, gift cards […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Busyness to Mindfulness

By |September 30th, 2017|

As we care for and educate children, how can we cope with the weightiness and complexity of our sacred work and move from busyness to mindfulness?

Have you ever felt the weight? Has it ever consumed you? Has your strength ever given out under the strain?

This topic is poignant for me this week, as I just […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Compliance to Responsive Practice

By |September 23rd, 2017|

What happened on October 22, 2001 to change the trajectory of humanity? To change the trajectory of education?

This question emerged for me in a workshop on “Flourishing in Schools” this week. Truthfully, the only thing I recognized was the proximity of the date to 9/11, but another participant got closer, “The iPhone was released?”

Because of […]

When You Have to ‘Push Through’

By |May 28th, 2017|

What does it mean to ‘push through’? What does it mean to ‘dig deep’? When should I set a boundary and ensure I have time and space for recovery?

These questions are abiding at this time of the year. It is predictable. It is cyclical.

I lost it yesterday morning and shouted at my child, in front […]

Cultivate Delight

By |May 7th, 2017|

During my recent facilitators’ training with the Center for Courage and Renewal, I was inspired by a revolving theme that circled through my days: delight.  I hope you enjoy my reflections on cultivating delight in schools published by Leadership 360 authors and experts, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers.

What if delight is a key ingredient for thriving […]

The Problem with Self-Help Books

By |April 14th, 2017|

The problem with self-help books is that they don’t teach you about the mulligan! When we are designing for thriving, we must have this grace.

Someday I hope to be a golfer. While I don’t golf yet, I do understand the concept of a mulligan. You only have to read my book Learn Forward to know I […]

Unplugged is the New Luxury

By |April 8th, 2017|

As a mom and a school leader, I am always flirting with that dreaded feeling of “I’m so worn out!” This week, I wrote “Sustain Energy” as one of my top 3 goals over the next 12-weeks and I designed objectives to achieve this goal. Also, I came across an article titled, “Why Teachers are So Tired?” […]