I’ve Got Some Exciting News

pregnant with big news

Some of you noticed I haven’t been feeling the best lately.

  • My joy glow a bit dinged.
  • Physically sort of drained.
  • Not my normal self.

It’s been enough time so I can finally share my news…

  • It’s been sooo hard to keep the secret!
  • Have been in a bit of shock.
  • Totally overwhelmed!

Drum roll please… I’m pregnant!

  • Can you believe it?
  • I didn’t expect it to happen now.
  • Especially not this way.



The tension had been building – physically and emotionally – for a while.

  • I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
  • Just kept my focus on joy as much as I could.
  • Finally I relaxed enough for the answer to pop in my head.

The name of the book is Leading Miracles.

  • It features a hard-hitting, marketing-savvy approach to leadership.
  • If applied, will take organizations to new heights.
  • In a very dynamic and thrilling way.

The book is just one piece.

  • There’s an entire body of work coming together.
  • With a variety of ways to offer support.
  • I get chills looking at the collection from a high-level strategic point of view.

The book is due in September 2016!

  • Conceptually, it’s already blocked out.
  • (There’s a reason why I have red hair!)
  • Just a few months until I get my baby!

What are you working on that gives you a joyful rush?




When Joy Goes to the Dogs

Cynthia and GiGi her dog

Some days will be dog days.

  • Not necessarily bad days.
  • Just sort of neutral.
  • Needing more zing.

Today was one of those days.

  • So I took time to enjoy my girls.
  • GiGi even let me take a selfie with her.
  • (But not too often – she does have her limits!)

What’s on your joy-boosting list?

I am Anger Hear Me Roar


Growing up, emotions were not a priority.

  • Only a limited range was allowed at home.
  • We were never allowed to go to bed mad.
  • I became a master of being emotionally contained.

As an adult, I still stifled my emotions.

  • I’m a pro at reading others.
  • A rock in someone’s storm.
  • A safe space for others to release and explore.

And then came my improv class…

  • Last night we worked on escalating.
  • Taking things up or down.
  • Including emotions.

One exercise involved me telling my scene partner what I would do because I hated him so much.

  • We were to start at a level one and build to a ten.
  • Build with emotions, energy and outrageousness of what was said.
  • One-upmanship at its best.

We started small.

  • I hate you so much I’m going to give you a paper cut and put lemon on it.
  • The first few upgrades were sort of silly.
  • And the energy was building.

We both got into the escalation – and the dance took off.

  • Our movement.
  • Our crazy threats.
  • Our emotions.

Two-thirds through, the teacher told us to shift to describing how we would kill each other as we escalated.

  • I hate you so much I’m going to kill you by…
  • For someone who was not allowed to get mad growing up, this was a really trippy exercise.
  • (I have also promised myself to not hold back in improv.)

When I reached my level ten I was ROARING with anger.

  • Thankfully my partner gave as good as he got so our energy was strongly balanced.
  • When it was done I almost passed out.
  • Took some time to get that energy out of my body.

I’ve noticed with emotional exercises, when I’m in my zone, I don’t just be an emotion, I become it.

  • In some ways, it’s like being a tourist in my own body.
  • I get to check out different states each week.
  • And while I don’t usually roar with anger, I am much more aware of how I am feeling since starting improv.

How do you expand your emotional range so you can experience joy more clearly?