Make a New Friend

May 19, 2008

Today I met a new friend, and I think you’d like him as well. We can’t talk to him because he died in 1975, but he left us some interesting thoughts. Arnold Toynbee (1889 – 1975) was an English historian and philosopher. Here are some quotes I found at

— It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.


4 Ultimate Goods: Aristotle for Smart Divas

May 16, 2008

Don’t let your eyes glaze over. I promise Aristotle has something for you. As you probably are aware, Aristotle was the star student of Plato, way back a couple and a half of millennia ago. We will not hold it against Aristotle the fact that he did not allow female students into his school like his master, Plato, did. Everyone makes mistakes.

Aristotle made enormous contributions to Greek thought, much of which still affects us today. Part of his contribution was to write out 4 ideals that all human persons strive for: Beauty, Goodness, Justice, and Truth.


Coaching Exercise: Tiny Changes, Big Impact

April 23, 2008

To get anything done, you have to act. Thinking about it, wishing for something, is not enough. Imagination precedes action, it doesn’t replace action. What happens is we sometimes get overwhelmed with the scope of our dream or goal, and we don’t know where to start, or what the next step should be. Julia Cameron has a great suggestion to get moving.


My Inspiring Grandmother

March 26, 2008

I’m developing a workshop for some of my students entitled (tentatively), Smart Divas’ Guide to Life. It’s dedicated to my grandmother, who celebrated her 90th birthday this past Christmas.


Coaching Exercise: The Characters Within You

March 24, 2008

This post is adapted from an exercise in The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, by Julia Cameron, and was recommended on Christine Kane’s blog. It’s worth hundreds of dollars in psychotherapy, so read carefully. It explains a lot about yourself.