Learning To Drink As I Pour

January 18th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

I pour a lot.  Don’t you?  I pour my heart into my family. I pour my energy into my work. I pour my resolve into my exercise.  I pour my care into others around me.  Pouring happens as almost a reflex now, because I have been

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For the Love of Hamstrings

December 9th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

I was cruising through the summer preparing for my first in-person race in 2 years, scheduled for early November.  I felt an annoying pain in my left hamstring that I had successfully ignored for the previous 3 months and I was pretty impressed by my toughness

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Finding the Bright Spots

November 12th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

We all feel the burnout.  We all sense our energy dropping.  The bars of our gas gauge are dwindling faster than a cell phone in the desert.  We are surrounded by negativity and struggle, such as political finger-pointing and systemic inequity. While these struggles are very

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Practicing Uber-Care

October 20th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

I don’t like the phrase, “self-care.”  Self-care sounds indulgent, pampered, lazy, and literally selfish.  The phrase “self-care” makes me think of a privileged life and pedicures. And yet that is not at all how I regard the ways in which I take care of myself.  I

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Working Part-time… from the Heart

April 27th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

This month’s article is not about how we could work part-time at the office.  Instead, I will talk about our inner work sometimes needing a part-time schedule.  Specifically, how I want to shift to part-time work on myself and demand less of myself, when I need it.

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A Survivor’s Guide to the Pandemic: “I contain multitudes”

February 3rd, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

Walt Whitman wrote this line 165 years ago, yet it contains present-day advice on how to create variety out of the boredom and perseverance out of the strain of the pandemic.  Whitman wrote (and Dylan elaborated on it in a song last year) about how he

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My Roulette Wheel of Emotions

September 24th, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

I had posted more than 80 blogs over the course of 9 years without (much) fail every month.  Then COVID hit and I was suddenly and wholly unable to write. I could not pin down my emotions from one day to the next.  My actions in and reactions

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Letting Go, So as to Create Benefit

April 21st, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

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The Letting Go I have been rushing down a twisting river and the scenery has been changing daily and sometimes hourly.  As the pandemic gained strength, I tried to understand how it would affect me.  I tried to mentally grasp its size.  I tried to see what benefits it

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Defining Ourselves by Our Potential

January 31st, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

“We tend to see ourselves as our limitations, instead of our potential.”  I heard this comment recently and was struck by how true it is.  When faced with a challenge, how often do we ask, “How am I unprepared or unsuited to overcome this challenge?”  “What don’t I

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Sailing Along with Forgiveness

December 31st, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

Forgiveness. How about if we close out 2019 with forgiveness?  Forgiveness washes away the hurt, anger and frustration we feel.  Forgiveness is a way of rising above what has happened to us.  Forgiveness is how we show we are greater and stronger than the roadblocks in our lives.  Forgiveness is

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