5 Ideas for Finishing the School Year Well

By |May 21st, 2017|

The cycle of the school year includes a typical and final push to the finish line. As educators and parents, we are looking towards the final weeks or days of learning, leading, and living together in a unique community of learning. Our hearts know, ‘It will never be the same again.’

I am reflective on finishing well. What […]

What If I Met Grace Today?

By |May 14th, 2017|

What if I met Grace, by chance, along the path?

Would He know my name, or call my name, even though His smile beams through?

Would His tenderness, dip to my soul, in wondrous untold ways, as He reaches out and rests His hand, upon my wearied arm?

And though I’m running late again, would I simply scurry by, or somehow pause […]

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 […]

Painting on a Tapestry of Grief in Schools

By |September 10th, 2016|

Dear Teachers, you may not know you are creating a space for parents, but you are.  You have their little one.  They are exposed and you can see them.  You may not know some of them are grieving, but they are. Your role is profound, quite possibly more profound than you realize.

Some parents are traversing the […]

Facing Fears of Inadequacy by Being B.R.A.V.E.

By |September 3rd, 2016|

The big quiet, unspoken secret of teachers’ hearts is often we feel inadequate and ill-equipped.  Fall is here.  The haunts are whispering.

Because learning is a mystery and hazy, it is easy to feel like a wanderer.  Because learning is a unique journey, unpredictable and uneven, it can feel difficult to trace or account or measure.  Teachers […]

Gifts to Carry Forward

By |August 14th, 2016|

Rituals permeate a home designed for thriving.
Sleep, eating, work, fulfillment, health, relationships, spirituality; there’s just so much to consider.
Sometimes we wonder how to keep all the balls in the air; sometimes we realize we are!
 We’re so grateful for Riva’s reflections on nest-building and for sharing the rituals they incorporate into their home, for the sake of their child. […]

Designing a Home is Like ‘The Climb’

By |July 24th, 2016|

We are stepping into the story of summer.  It is messy.  It is imperfect.  It is stretching and glorious. Parenting fills our hands.  Summer is no exception.

It is a ‘we’ story.

Already, Riva Soucie offered their ‘We’ story of Nest-Building in two powerful posts:

Making Home: A Work in Progress

Nest-Building: Our Home

This week, our family created a another story.  Our […]

Making Home: A Work in Progress

By |July 11th, 2016|

Riva and her family are living a cherished story.  Their wholehearted and tender pursuit of ‘making home’ connected us initially.  It was a joy to get to know them through the Nest-Building private coaching experience.  
Riva now offers us an invaluable gift.  As a professional writer, sociologist, and mother, Riva Soucie, she shares her family’s story and experience with […]

Encourage the Emergence of Your Child

By |April 17th, 2016|

Like a butterfly emerging from her spring cocoon, so a child’s sense of identity comes forth.  It is slow and requires coaxing.  It peaks through one small portion at a time.  It is a great risk.  The energy is a palpable force of nature, as mysterious as the transformation.

Springtime is a lovely opportunity to consider another […]