Surreal.

Lynne King Smith

A note that this post will not cover work, business or ‘5 things about’ anything. Today calls for something different. If you’re in the mood for a holiday post, I’ve got you covered.

Let me set the stage. My living room is a cozy scene with a fluffy shag rug, fur pillows on the plush sofa and wintery, holiday décor pretty much everywhere you look.

It literally calls to me and says, “come on in, get comfy… stay awhile.”

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Give it a Rest: 4 Simple Ways to Give Every Part of You a Break

learn how to rest

Let me start this by noting that I realize at this point in my life and career, I’m lucky to be able to have some freedoms and control of my schedule that many do not. However, with that in mind, I believe there are things here that can fit into nearly every life and schedule, and that have lasting benefits.

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Vision.

importance of having vision

I’m asked with a fair amount of frequency of my mildly successfully life thus far, “How did you get to where you are? What did you do to be successful?”

To which I normally reply something along the lines of, “A lot of hard work and a good deal of luck.”

Both of those are true; I work hard and I’ve had some good luck with being in the right place at the right time. But today, I think I may have a different answer.

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Relentless Mentality Podcast: Lynne King Smith on Women in Business

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with my friend and colleague Justin Bayless for his Relentless Mentality podcast. In this episode, I discuss the benefits and challenges for women in business, how it’s never to late to build your dream business, as well as how self-motivation and learning from my mistakes has led to my success today.

Stressed much? Here’s 15 ways to take the stress out of your day

how to relax your mind

A few nights ago, I had a call with a friend who told me her day was “really jacked up” and went on to list an unreasonable list of misfortunes, which left her feeling overwhelmed and unable to even think.

Sound familiar? Some of us may say, “every damn day…”

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#SpotlightOnHer Webinar Recap, Margaret Lake

 

female entrepreneur

Last week, I restarted a podcast-style webinar series of conversations with women, about women, many or most who work in male-dominated fields and have found a sense of something that works for them. Call it: success, adaptation, fervor, badass-ness.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to launch the series with my very good friend, Margaret Lake, who has had more than her share of experiences to share.

And she didn’t disappoint.

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On Leadership with Gender Bias, Racism, Equality and All That…

gender equality

Sunday night I watched the 60 Minutes piece (yes, by the way, this is still a Sunday night habit since I was about 8 years old) featuring Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce being incredibly transparent and honest about what he discovered at his very cool company regarding gender disparity.

Please go watch the piece here.

Secondly, this weekend we watched a grave Starbucks error in judgement with the arrest of two black patrons who were doing nothing white patrons don’t do every day, and the company’s slightly slow and tepid response. I was frankly, looking for a little more anger here from CEO Kevin Johnson.

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A Case for Getting Control of Your Mornings – Mindfulness: Part 2

how to productive mornings

I’ve had multiple phases of my life and they all went better when I had a routine for good mornings; I think I learned this from my mom’s example. In fact, I was with her last weekend and asked her about her mornings, and she (who spends a good deal of time with my dad who is mostly bed-ridden) significantly said, “Well, I have a morning routine. I just have to do that.”

She’s 83, so I pay attention.

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