Strong + Determined – Urban Campfire 2015


The year was 2012. President Obama won his 2nd term in office. London hosted the Summer Olympics. The Hobbit, The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and Skyfall were at the movies. And Adele was all over the music charts, winning 6 Grammys that year. It was the year I launched a massive, mind blowing, renovation project…

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Bringing the Individual to the World Through Story Telling


STIA+DC 2014 was a ‘Systems of Wellbeing’ phenomenon during the first week of November this year. Can you imagine the number of personal stories that emerged from the topic? I had the pleasure of joining Jeremy Seligman as a Weaver throughout each day of the conference this year. There is something holistic and satisfying about bringing the threads…

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What is A New Mythology For Women?


Image source: In my last post, I shared my first transformative experience through Temenos. My vision at the time included A New Mythology For Women. What is A New Mythology For Women, you may ask? Below is the explanation I created and published in December 2012. ANMFW was a solid first step toward my…

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Reflections: Temenos November 2012


Image credit: Welcome to Fall! Nature is transforming. Maybe you are, too. In some places, it already feels like Winter is upon us. This week, I am looking forward to facilitating a new retreat of women and stories. I myself have transformed through this Temenos retreat process. I continue to reevaluate the steps as…

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How to Quietly Change the World

I believe in the power of a story. But, a story in of itself is not enough. In order to fully realize the power of a story, you must interact with it. This interaction can take many forms,  but basically has two parts – story telling and story listening.  I believe when we are in…

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Activating Your Vision Through Discernment


Once you’ve established your vision, then what?  How do you make your dreams a reality?  I approached these questions in my guest post originally published for the Urban Campfire Blog in August 2013: I have lots of big ideas.  I plan to win the Kennedy Center Honors for my outstanding contribution to the Arts.  I plan to…

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Post-Urban Campfire: Meet Susan Gibson


Urban Campfire 2014 in Seattle is complete and we’ve now had a week to process the on- and off-stage stories, inspirational Girl Scouts, food, hair chalk, and meditation, etc. Many of us also shared our poignant and authentic personal stories in response to the question, “what and who in our lives have influenced us most?”  That lunchtime question stems…

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Urban Campfire: Acknowledging Failure and Wiping the Slate Clean


Urban Campfire is happening today (August 21, 2014) in Seattle!  This is a unique gathering of women that I am proud to sponsor.  Below are a few of my thoughts as I prepared for a previous gathering.  I look forward to continued insights and s’mores with everyone! As I prepare for Urban Campfire, I’m digging deep…

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Containers and Clean Slate

A fireside space just waiting for a chat...

  As I mentioned in a previous post, I am about to facilitate a three-day residential Lab with a group of six wonderful women.  Mere hours from now, we will co-create a space for transformative learning and story-telling. I use the Temenos method, a process by which individuals and leaders can better understand their motivations and relationships, both personally…

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My Story Of Physical Transformation


While I prepare myself and others for our upcoming Lab on Bainbridge Island, I remember that physical self care is extremely important: strive for at least six hours of sleep each night; drink 64 ounces of water each day; eat just less than what you need to maintain a low calorie diet; be happy; meditate…

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