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35% To Goal #350

Published on June 19, 2020 Written by

Wow. The difference in our world between blog 325 and 350 is significant. In five weeks, COVID 19, PPP loans, and the death of George Floyd have certainly impacted our lives.   To view what it means to write 1,000 blog posts in today’s world is significantly different than the preceding check ins. For those of […]

The Pain Is In The Middle #349

Published on June 18, 2020 Written by

The pain is in the middle.   This week, I was supposed to be on vacation. I’m not. In fact, it’s the antithesis of vacation.  I’m not fully working, so my time is compressed to accomplish all I’ve committed to, and I’m not off when I’m off, because I’m trying to steal moments and hours of relaxation. I’m partially working and partially […]

Three Tips For Better Feedback #348

Published on June 17, 2020 Written by

Have you ever noticed when you put off challenging conversations you suffer?  One of the best principles I live my life by is to handle things promptly when they go wrong. Whether it’s family, work partners, teammates, employees, friends or the service professionals you encounter in life, the rule of thumb is 24 hours.  Whether it’s good news […]

Affecting Change #347

Published on June 16, 2020 Written by

Listening and learning. The two skills partner nicely. It’s refreshing to dial in, listen and be fully present without trying to influence, persuade, discuss or debate.  In order to affect change, listening is key.   Without deep listening, there can be no understanding.  Without understanding, we will perish. 

Breaking In New Boots #346

Published on June 15, 2020 Written by

Studying is challenging. As I work to learn everything I can about racism, I find I am disrupted in my security and my comfort and it’s a good thing.  Disruption is uncomfortable. Disruption is unpopular at times. Disruption is a space of letting go of the known in order to learn and experience the unknown.  It’s like trying on new boots for your next journey. […]

It’s Uncomfortable #345

Published on June 12, 2020 Written by

As I open my mind to the various points of views about systemic racism and learning more about what’s happening, I am reading, watching and learning about things that are uncomfortable.   To learn about systemic racism means I need to take in views I don’t agree with, haven’t considered, images and learnings which make me upset, angry and embarrassed.   It […]

Focus Here #344

Published on June 11, 2020 Written by

Worry doesn’t work… even when the world doesn’t make sense, when you’d like to change everything about the circumstances and conditions surrounding you, and things feel out of control.  Worry is a result of catastrophizing what could be. (but isn’t)  It’s a result of your mind running rampant with all the possibilities for negative outcomes in the future. Could […]

You Don’t Always Know #343

Published on June 10, 2020 Written by

There’s been a lot of unpredictable, unforeseen things happening this spring. Most of which has challenged the best of us.  Truthfully, this past weekend was the first full day off I’ve taken since March 10th. While I’ve taken hours and partial days, like many people, I’ve been working more than usual to adjust to the ever changing […]

Will I See It? #342

Published on June 9, 2020 Written by

Some experiences give you hope. No matter how hopeless things may seem at times, we all have visual reminders of hope. It’s no surprise, with a last name like Hawkes, why for me they often involve birds of prey.  Every time I see a hawk perched on highway lights or flying by, I am immediately connected with my Mom, […]

Knowing Is The Door Prize #341

Published on June 8, 2020 Written by

To know is not enough. In fact, it’s the door prize.   Knowing about racism won’t change what’s happening; action, learning and repeated practice will.  My family and I watched “Just Mercy” over the weekend. We wanted to watch together while the awareness in Minnesota is still heightened and we are all tender. It proved to be an amazing movie […]


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