Miss Val

Survival ring

The Lifeboat

Let’s do a little exercise. Get something to take notes on. Here we go… You’re on the Titanic and it’s going down. There is one Lifeboat that sits six people—you and five others. Of all the people you know, who would you have in your lifeboat and why? [Cue background Jeopardy music] Let me help you with your decision. You don’t want… Cool, hip, beautiful …

Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone’s else’s dogma. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~ Steve Jobs

Expires August 2063

Embracing the Expiration Date of Your Dreams

Your heart has a limited number of beats in it; and within each beat exists an opportunity to serve a purpose, whether to rejuvenate the body as you sleep or to propel thought when working. Since June 2014 when I joined the breast cancer club, I have lived each day knowing I don’t know when my expiration date will occur. It’s something most of us …

Stormy Road Ahead

Congratulations, You’re In The Desert

I can’t tell you how many of our student-athletes I’ve annoyed over the years as they sit in my office distraught over some boulder life has thrown in their path. As they sit downtrodden, tears streaming, totally deflated by the latest challenge, I look into their sad eyes with a twinkle of excitement and say, “This is going to be Amazing!” NOT what they expect …


“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon has uniquely profound insights on life: how to view it, how to maneuver through it, and how to own it. “Show Your Work” is exemplary in all these points. Specifically, Kleon discusses how to get noticed in this ever-changing world of technology and what it really means to be a “creative.” If you know me, you know I’m a visual person and this …