11. May 2021
TRUST I did my birthday handstand - something I've been working on all year. It's hard. I fall a lot. I either lose my balance, go too far or don't take enough of a risk to really let go. But in the end, like so many things, if you just keep trying and trust in yourself, you will get better. And taking risks, finding your balance, building on your strength and then believing and just letting go is a wonderful way to live. Not to mention everything looks different upside down.

05. April 2021
Make Make macaroni and cheese. Make art. Make music. Make love. Make your bed. Make up. Make out. Make a decision. Make a plan. Make believe. Make a promise. Make amends. Make an effort. Make something nice for your neighbor. Make my day. Make me laugh. Make coffee. Make a difference. Make it happen. Make something beautiful today.

Books at Berlinale
03. April 2021
Books at Berlinale What I keep hearing people say. EVERYTHING has changed, our world has changed. But I am not so sure that is true. Not EVERYTHING has changed, we just figured out what matters to us. We figured out that our co-worker who tells those really bad jokes in meetings, well, we sort of miss him. We figured out we love our kids, but we hate teaching them. We figured out our neighbors have names and lives and stories We figured out we can bake bread. We figured out we never really...

12. November 2020
270 Until last week, this number meant very little to most people. But now, even small children around the world know that 270 is like the Price is Right for electing a new president of the United States. I work with a lot of clients who deal with numbers and often struggle on how to make, for example, a quarterly budget review anything more than a dry exchange. But remember it is not the number we care about; it is the story behind it that we want to hear. How did you get there? Was it within...

20. October 2020
It's just like riding a bike - I saw a mother teaching her son how to ride a bike today. Same method generation after generation wherever you are in the world. Only difference is that kids are learning much younger than before - must be something in the milk, but I digress. The child looked eager and a little bit nervous. The mother running behind him holding the back of his seat telling him, “Look straight ahead, you got this,” and then letting go. Isn’t this how we should mentor those...

13. October 2020
A Woman Staring at Sheep - the sequel to “The Men Who Stare at Goats”

15. September 2020
Here it is! "Das Jahr ohne Worte" My first book - my story. Live and Love Syd

09. September 2020
5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 Countdown - what a beautiful word. It is exactly what it says it is. It is so beautiful that even the Germans, who are responsible for some excellent words use it. Unlike “Ready, Set, Go,” which indicates a race or typically some kind of competition, countdown is so much cooler. Seared into our brain, a countdown is about the excitement of a shared moment - something is about to happen and we should pay attention to it. I am thrilled to share with you my own personal...

26. August 2020
Correct vs. Right Can I go to the bathroom?” I asked my 8th grade biology teacher, Mr. Donovan. “Sure,” he said, as he continued to talk about cytoplasm. As I stood up to leave, he stopped mid-sentence to ask me where I was going. “To the bathroom?” I said unsure of which science-fiction time wrap I was finding myself in. “I didn’t say you could leave. What I said was, you CAN go, you are able of going, but you MAY not.” He made his point and let me go. I hate Mr. Donovan. Know...

19. August 2020
Take a bite of freedom If you are a freelancer or self-employed, it is hard to ever stop working. There is the fear of not accepting every job because you never know… When does the workday end if you make your own hours? Does weekend mean anything if you work all the time anyway? And if you’re like me, you love what you do, so it never feels like work. In the past few months, the world of “the employed” has gotten a taste of what we freelancers have known for years. Yes, it is possible...

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