8 ways to own your personal power

Jodi, one of our career coaching clients, had a rough week. After she received a disconcerting email from a new business partner, it became clear they were not on the same page. Jodi paused and decided to stop the email tennis match, pick up the phone and set up a walking date with her colleague […]

THE most important question to ask yourself (+ video)

Growing up as the oldest of seven children in a chaotic, creative, often-stressful environment (five boys, two girls), I don’t ever remember anyone asking me, “Renee, what do you need today?” My recollection is I floated through my days and allowed my well-being and mood to be determined by what was going on around me. […]

Do you have a foot in two worlds?

Last weekend my teenager, husband and I all wanted to see a movie. This is always tricky, but our compromise Ant-Man and the Wasp worked, and I even enjoyed it! In the movie, the primary antagonist, Ava Starr (above), can phase through solid matter as a result of a childhood accident involving radiation from the […]

7 self-care rituals I can’t live without

The last two weeks have been a series of rapid transitions. My 16-year-old starts 11th grade this week, I’m preparing to launch into a full fall speaking schedule, and my husband, son and I have been traveling off and on since June 5th (from Tanzania to the Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains) and are […]

Change your environment, change your thoughts

There’s just one way to radically change your behavior: radically change your environment.—Dr. B.J. Fogg, Director of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab I just returned from four weeks in Western North Carolina. It wasn’t so much a vacation but really an opportunity to “test drive” what it would be like to live there for half […]

3 things I remember when I’m in transition

Tran·si·tion.   tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/. noun   1. the process or a period of changing from one state of being or condition to another I reconnected with some friends over the weekend and it seems just about everyone I know is facing a big transition. My friend Rachel’s last day at the job she could no longer stomach is this […]

5 ways retreats can change your life

I recently attended an international women’s conference featuring personal development, leadership, life purpose and international women’s rights speakers from around the world. From authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Marianne Williamson to journalist activists Lisa Ling and Zainab Salbi (founder of Women for Women International)–everyone stressed the importance of regularly stepping back from your life to re-asses […]

My favorite solo dates (+ win a $1100 retreat giveaway)

Ok, three hours of free time have just “fallen” into your lap. What will you do? This happened to me last weekend and my first thought was, “What movie do I want to see?” But after looking at the listings and not finding anything inspiring, I sat quietly on the couch for a bit, reflecting […]

Let’s lift each other up!

I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small group of tweens talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her […]

Why I’m marching (and hope you’ll join me)

This Saturday, January 21st, more than a million women and men from around the US and the world will be gathering in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington and participating in Sister Marches around the globe (click here to find a Sister March near you).  My good friend journalist/activist Annie Hartnett in Austin […]