HONESTY

FREEDOM TO FLOURISH

Someone once said in a meeting, if you have a question, you should ask it out loud so the whole group can hear. If you are thinking it, odds are, someone else is thinking it too. Game changer.

With that one little suggestion, I found the strength to combat my fear of vocalizing opinions to a group. Because you know what? They were right.

Putting this into practice has been met with overwhelming encouragement. It doesn’t always come in the moment, but there have been so many instances where it comes shortly after. Whether it comes through a supportive email, or by a grateful colleague stopping me in the hallway, I almost always find out that I wasn’t alone.

Just like sharing big thoughts at work, I have found this equally true when sharing painful life stories. From infertility and poverty to racism and mental illness, there is always someone quietly wondering if they are alone.

I genuinely believe that sharing our difficult truths will promote healing and empathy. I also believe that when we lose our shame, and speak openly about the ugly parts of life, we gain the beauty of inner freedom. Inner freedom which grants us the freedom to flourish.


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Today, the residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities are living while waiting, myself included. Collectively, and regardless of what outcome we’re individually anticipating, we are waiting for a jury of our peers to decide if a police officer is guilty of murder. Simultaneously, while wondering what world we’ll be living in after the results are read, […]

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From a young age, you received signals that marrying a white man would raise your status. Signals from the media, from society, signals from your mother. The signals that devalued your male counterparts were so strong that you came to resent your own identity. You felt less than. Your societal insecurities lead you to become […]

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I WOULDN’T BE SELECTED

Every mother knows the scenario. Your toddler is in the other room playing, when the room suddenly goes silent. Then, CRASH, tears, and “Mama!” is desperately cried out. You rush in, assess the situation, and scoop up your little one. And in that moment, you are so relieved that you are there to provide the […]

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