Just Keep Swimming…

 For as long as I have known KristinRoe, she has exuded the mantra to “Just Keep Swimming” – and this was way before Nemo needed to be found. Kristin swam the Northumberland Strait and English Channel, and more importantly she has been a dear friend of mine since we were working the RLSbeat at the UniversityofGuelph.

 On this December 1st, WorldAIDSDay, I am inspired to think about the actions and endeavors by both Kristin and others who contribute to the cause. Kristin is an amazing lady who has dedicated her work and research to helping women & children infected/affected by HIV & AIDS. Kristin is also an avid promoter of local, sustainable action for women in her community and around the world. Her passion for social justice has motivated her to swim great distances, increase awareness, and raise funds for a few campaigns including the StephenLewisFoundation, FarmersHelpingFarmers and ChannelingHope.


I think about how Kristin empowers others to thrive, and this truly motivates me to contribute and give back in my own community. Her passion and involvement exemplifies the Margaret Mead’s quote:

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.

Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

 Although Kristin and I have not always been able to swim by each other’s side on a daily basis, I know we are always there to provide encouragement to kick and pull through the open water when the waves of life get rough. Swim on, my friend. Swim on!


Laura Pasquini


The Power Comes in the Noticing

In The Art of Possibility, authors Roz and Ben Zander write about The Voice in the Head.  Basically, this is the voice that says, “You aren’t good enough.”  The voice says different things to each of us, but we all have it and is rooted in the fear that we aren’t enough – whatever that is for you.  In his presentations, Ben jokes that if you claim not to have a voice in the head, that is The Voice talking.

Recently, I have become more aware of my Voice in the Head.  Several weeks ago, I re-committed to several mindfulness practices such as daily journal writing, meditation, mindful eating (my big challenge) and constantly reminding myself to let the day unfold rather than trying to shape the day in a way I think is best.  There is nothing like mindfulness practices to make The Voice in the Head come in loud and clear.  That is the bad news.  That is also the very good news.

When I recommend meditation to my coaching clients, I almost always get the comment, “It didn’t work for me; I couldn’t stop thinking.”  That is The Voice in the Head fighting for its survival.  So, I tell myself and my clients, when you notice The Voice, thank it and send it on its way.  My personal visual is the thought floating away from me on a rapidly moving stream.  The gift of a mindfulness practice is the more your practice, the easier it becomes for you to notice The Voice, thank it, and let it go.  You don’t have to try to change it; the power comes in the noticing.

The danger of The Voice is that limits possibility – possibilities for ourselves and our organizations.  The Voice shows up all of the time; so often we don’t notice it.  It sounds like, “I can’t”, “I am not good at that”, “We can’t change that”, “That’s impossible”, “The problem is . . “, etc.  Pick a day to really notice when and how The Voice speaks in your head and in your organization.  When you hear it, say thank you and send it on its way.  Then notice what new possibilities come about for you and your team.

Cathy Smalley Pales, Ed.D.

Powerful Purpose Leadership. LLC


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I have spent the past few days trying to find a way to show how many tweets have included in #WLsalt since its inception in February. I want you all to understand that power that you have infused into this community. Due to my lack of analytics expertise, I can only tell you in that in the past four days, 477 tweets have included #WLsalt (The Archivist), and since April 9th according to TwapperKeeper, we have seen 11,780 tweets from 650 people using #WLsalt. Additionally, there have been almost 6,000 views to our blog.

But this has been more than the numbers. You have connected with and championed for each other in ways we’ve only dreamed. You have served as allies and advocates. You have educated each other. You have celebrated each other. You have inspired each other.

And you have inspired us.

You have challenged us, and we hope you have challenged people on your own campus. We hope you have continued these conversations and this awareness in your own department. But most sincerely, we thank you for stopping the judgment of each other and opting to support and develop each other, as women, and as leaders.

There are too many amazing professionals for us to thank for being evangelists, advocates, and educators in this process. Thank you all for being brilliant. Thank you for letting us see and share that brilliance. We are honored to be among your colleagues, and we look forward to learning from you and engaging with you. If I could write a thank you note to each of you, it would not be enough to demonstrate our gratitude. Thank you for being part of an energy I never expected to find, but can’t imagine living without.

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -Albert Schweitzer

Thank you.


Amber, Carolyn, Deb, Julie, Niki, Mary Jo, and Teri


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