Leadership

What made climbing Kilimanjaro so memorable

February 29, 2016
What made climbing Kilimanjaro so memorable

Summit day. 3am wake-up. We were a mixture of nervous and excited as we talked quietly over some warm oatmeal. It was very cold and pitch black dark. We had 4,000 ft left and 7 hours to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Step by step we were making progress up the mountain. It was very […]

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The mindset it takes to make it up the toughest climb in the world

February 10, 2015
The mindset it takes to make it up the toughest climb in the world

19 days on a vertical rock wall. Sleeping in a tent hanging on the side of a mountain. Pulling yourself up on ledges that are two credit cards thin. It was a climb that many said was completely impossible. (source) (source) And having failed to make it to the top of this climb five times […]

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Four key steps to take before you set your goals

January 8, 2015
Four key steps to take before you set your goals

How on earth will I ever achieve that goal with what’s already on my plate? I often find myself asking this question and my first solution is to figure out how I can “fit” something else in. However, this rarely seems to work well and often leads to more frustration and overwhelm. This made me […]

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Leading, Lifting and Inspiring: A Message to Educators

May 18, 2014
Leading, Lifting and Inspiring: A Message to Educators

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week in Charlotte. Below is a message I wrote to all the teachers and principals I have worked with this past year. In high school, I was going through a pretty tough time and was thinking about dropping out of a special program I was in.  I will never forget […]

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Embracing Minimalism

March 30, 2014
Embracing Minimalism

I had stuff everywhere. Every shelf was full, closet was packed, furniture in every corner and I found six travel toothpastes. If there was a bit of white space on the wall, I put something up on it. In the course of a recent move, I realized I had way too much stuff and way […]

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Is exercise the access to greater performance?

November 3, 2013
Is exercise the access to greater performance?

A few months ago, I noticed I was starting to slack on some of my workouts. I had been running but not really putting the time in for some of my workouts at the gym. I would try to squeeze in 10 minutes here and 20 minutes there and always validated reasons to cut it […]

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What would it take to win 21 of 31 NCAA Championships?

July 14, 2013
What would it take to win 21 of 31 NCAA Championships?

What kind of mind state would it take to win 21 of 31 NCAA National Championships?  I ran across this incredible quote from Anson Dorrance who is the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UNC Chapel Hill and leads one of the most storied programs in NCAA athletics. “The challenge for you as an individual athlete […]

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What Exhilarating Hills Do We Pass Up?

June 2, 2013
What Exhilarating Hills Do We Pass Up?

“This is crazy, I can’t expect to do this…this isn’t for me.” I muttered this a couple weeks ago as I looked over another giant hill on my mountain bike and decided not to ride down it.  As I held down my brakes, my mind was convinced that there is a certain type of hill I am able to ride down and […]

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A Message Uniquely for Me

May 6, 2013
A Message Uniquely for Me

So I turned 32 this past week. And I received a card with the below message from my amazing co-workers. Here is what it said on the front: “We didn’t come here to fit in. We came here to be who we are. We didn’t come here to work. We came here to live our […]

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