U2 at Madison Square Garden

Realizing Greatness

It was just over a year ago that I attended my first U2 concert – The Joshua Tree tour, in Chicago. That concert catapulted me into a bout of emotion-laden tears, and with a burning desire to re-explore my creativity. That concert was actually the inspiration behind and launching point of “Leading with Love.”

Why? I often think about what touched me so much that night at that concert. And I realized it was because I was in the presence of greatness. Four guys from Ireland who got out of their own way and just let their hearts lead them to do what they were born to do (not to mention, they seem to be loving it along the way). They remained committed to their path, and only continued to get greater at what they do (inspiring so many through their craft). The band is still together after 40 years. How inspiring is that????

I was blessed enough to be able to see them again live last week at Madison Square Garden in NYC (the tickets were a Christmas present from my wonderful boyfriend). I was so excited to see them again, and it was everything (and more!) than I hoped it would be (I was sitting second row, right next to The Edge – my fave!). Aside from being Uh-MAZE-Ing…. it didn’t hit me until a few days later, after arriving back home, how badly I NEEDED that “U2 therapy” to re-inspire myself. It’s been about nine months since my last “Leading with Love” post (shameful). Why? I gave up. I did NOT stay committed. I could never decide what to write because nothing seemed good enough, interesting enough, powerful enough (you get the picture). I certainly wasn’t getting out of my own way (Thanks U2, for that reminder) and letting my heart lead. I let my head dictate instead.

Anyway, to my point. I do not see myself as one of the “great ones.” But after some post-U2 reflection, I have come to understand that everyone has greatness inside of them. EVERYONE! (Isn’t that great news!). The challenge is realizing that greatness inside yourself, and untapping it to live your full potential and purpose. So. Here’s to the start of getting out of my own way and realizing my greatness. And, Here’s to everyone else out there looking to realize their own greatness! I’m right here with ya!

Joy, Love

Stop Lying to Yourself

Honesty. It’s easy to recognize the value of honesty. Honesty earns you the title “trustworthy” from others. Honesty provides a crucial foundation for solid and healthy relationships. Honesty validates your integrity. Honesty always leads you down the right path. I am willing to bet that you would say that you value honesty. I bet that you would also consider yourself an honest person.

Stop lying to yourself.

Literally. I mean it.

I consider myself an honest person. I feel guilty telling even a little white lie. I am as honest as I possibly can be with my feelings. I hold honesty at the top of the list in terms of my core values. But I was hit today with a big fat truth that wasn’t easy to stomach. As honest as I aim to be, I lie to myself. A lot.

My lies often come in the form of sentiments like “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t fit in.” When I’m faced with something I want to succeed at, I sometimes lie to myself and tell myself that I will fail – before I even get started. I know I can’t be the only one out there that tells these stupid lies.

If we can see the value in honesty toward others, we also need to recognize the value in speaking truth to ourselves. Tell yourelf you are loveable, capable, smart, strong, worthy….and quit lying to yourself.


Leading with Love: “the why”

I’ve been sitting here wondering what to write about in the inaugural “Leading with Love” blog post, and I have decided what better thing to start with than why I am doing this. Bear with me.

There’s always been an element of struggle in my life. On and off I have struggled with things like making connections, my self confidence, depression and anxiety, negative self-talk, finding my purpose in life, and the like. All of these struggles, when I allow them to lead, really drag me down and send me into a negative tailspin. The only remedy, I’ve learned, is to “lead with love.”

Furthermore, I have learned that I am not the only person in life that struggles from time to time. And I started thinking that if I “lead with love” more frequently and intentionally in my interactions with others, maybe I can help ease the burden of their struggles, and infuse joy into their lives.

That is “the why” behind “Leading with Love.” To help. To inspire. To encourage. To pursue purpose. To cultivate joy.