Now What?
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Now What?

This week on my Work+Love Livestream, I shared about an article I had read that inspired me to action. The article was by Dr. Taharee A. Jackson and is titled, “I’m White and I’m Outraged by Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder. Now What?” The article provides a practical guide for white allies and accomplices. When I found Dr. Taharee’s article, I was in a space where I felt helpless. The recent event had caused an undeniable stirring with me, one that I knew I could not suppress.

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The Quarantine Cleanse
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The Quarantine Cleanse

The COVID-19 Quarantine created an incredible opportunity of pause for so many of us. Me, like many of you, were required to stay at home per a government mandate and readjust our lives, in an effort to find my “new normal.” I found a gift of time to pause and essentially cleanse my life of impurities. 

Impurities? What I am referring to is physical material things and commitments that I had accumulated that were not serving my highest good. In addition, they were taking up literal and metaphorical space, leaving barely any room for what I really wanted. After so many years of accumulation, without ever intentionally taking a pause to evaluate, left me with a life right before the stay at home mandate that was exhausting. Not only that is, it was only fulfilling because of the prospective someday visions that danced through my head. 

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The Kindness Difference
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The Kindness Difference

Last week, our second self-care love note from Kris Carr’s deck, Crazy Sexy Love Notes revealed a request for compassion. It asked us to remember that compassion is the beating heart of all spiritual practices. It mentioned extending the invitation of compassion through the simple act of kindness. So we left with the intent of seeking opportunities throughout the week to be kind to others. What I didn’t expect was for a much deeper lesson to unveil itself. 

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Get Your Flamingo Face On
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Get Your Flamingo Face On

Is it a coincidence that I am feeling the tug to work on the rewrite of this book during a global pandemic? I think not. If anything this pandemic known as covid-19 is setting the beautiful stage. See it was only January, when I identified exactly what disengagement was, it was a virus. A virus just like covid-19, with minimal signs of infection in some and fatal rapid progression in others. 

It’s been five years since I began my research on employee engagement. The research that began with me. I spent the first year as a “business owner” coming to the harsh realization that I was the cause of my own cyclical disengagement. Also, coming to the recognition that if I ever wanted to undo the results of these cycles, it was on me completely.  

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Hearing Crickets?
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Hearing Crickets?

When the stay at home mandate was first put in place, I kind of went radio silent. Not gonna lie, the first 10 days I was kinda in shock. My top priority was taking care of my family, so I instantly transitioned into super mom mode and my kids became my sole focus. As the days turned into weeks, I found myself like many then scrambling to begin finding a place for the rest of my life that had been placed on hold. As the reality set in, that this would not be over in 14 days, I took the only approach that made sense, do something. Be productive in some fashion, taking simple actions that serve my highest good.  So while it took a hot minute for me to start posting and sharing again, my days were filled. 

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Sacred Weekends
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Sacred Weekends

I have spent many years taking my weekends for granted. As an introvert, I found that weekends were filled with social gatherings and outings with more people than I preferred. The entire weekend process was never personally restorative, it was more so just another day of the week with more stuff I needed to do. 

In the last few months, I have been working on being more intentional. Creating time and space that is sacred. This includes my nights when I can and my weekends. There have been too many solemn reminders already this year that life is too short and tomorrow is never promised. As shared in one of my favorite books of all time, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, we cannot control time. Therefore we have only two options, we can make time work for us or against us. 

I choose to make time work for me by being intentional. I hope you choose to do the same.

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Seeking A Silver Lining
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Seeking A Silver Lining

Last Week…


The Dolphin card was revealed challenging us to seek a silver lining in time of suffering. At the time, I easily translated the card’s message to our current COVID-19 circumstances. But as the week continued, I dove a little deeper into the ocean of reflection and revisited other times in my life that were filled with suffering. Events from my past that I had never actually recognized as times of suffering, but I was indeed suffering. These were experiences that left me feeling broken. These experiences were also the ones that pushed me to great growth. 

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Work Love Speaks To A Journey
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Work Love Speaks To A Journey

Work…”an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.”

-Dictionary

Love…“is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.”

-Marianne Williamson, Return to Love

Work Love speaks to a journey. A journey that I have come to call my HRart journey. HRart representing the intimate relationship I recognize and embrace between my work and my purpose. 

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HR Dragon Coloring Book
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HR Dragon Coloring Book

The other day, I fell into the pit of distraction, otherwise known as Pinterest. My recommended Pinterest feed is very diverse, as it is a compilation of tattoo designs, children’s art activities, yin yoga flows, and gluten-free recipes. But on this particular day, it was a doodle that captured my attention, a how-to doodle a dragon to be exact.

In a matter of minutes, Harptoons had me hooked and I had four dragon doodles I was quite proud of. So, just for fun, I created this HR Dragon Coloring Book, in hopes to inspire you to get your creative coloring on.

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My Normal During a Quarantine
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My Normal During a Quarantine

At this point we are officially one week into our quarantine for my son and I, my husband still has to go into work. The nice thing is he and I seem to have found a very nice routine. I wouldn’t call it a schedule because I do not have specific times that we do things but we have certain things that we do each day.  We are up usually between 6-630 and that is Jackson’s doing not mine, I would not mind sleeping in a little bit. Then we have some breakfast and relax a little bit so that we can ease into our day. Then we start our school work, I do not do any more than 30 minutes of school work at a time with him. During this school work time he’s working on everything from his numbers, to his letters, to writing his name and knowing how to spell it (sometimes he does this dressed as a ninja or a knight!).  Next up is some free play or time to watch some TV, he gets to pick what he wants to do during this time. While he is having his free time I sit down and I do a little work, usually this is about an hour to an hour-and-a-half to plug through some stuff.  

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