Author Archives: Kirsten Long

About Kirsten Long

Coach. Toastmaster. Prison-worker. Wife. Mother. Friend.

10 Lessons from the Book of Joy

The Book of Joy – His Holiness Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams   People seek happiness in the strangest places – in their phones, in the shops,on the internet, eating, drinking, drugs, materialism, consumerism, terrorism… Yet this … Continue reading

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Tolerance is useless

We are often told to become more tolerant. Tolerance is sometimes even looked upon as a virtue. But the mere definition of tolerance points to the problem with tolerance. Look at this definition found on google : the ability or willingness … Continue reading

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A Life Purpose is NOT essential

The internet has an abundance of sites on “How to find your Life Purpose“. You will probably have heard that your life is not worth much if you have not worked out your Life Purpose. Life Purpose is sold as … Continue reading

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Building your Confidence Muscle

Do you feel great when you feel confident? Do you perform well when you feel confident? Would you like to consciously build you own confidence? You and I both know that confidence is an asset. Yet how often do we doubt ourselves and … Continue reading

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To be significant – what does it take?

A coach of 22 years, Ronald Chapman wrote in a recent copy of Toastmaster: Nothing of significance can be born without major discomfort and disruption. Read it again! I recently asked a group of people what they thought their life … Continue reading

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Joy Unpacked by Experts

In our Coaching Culture Club meetings, we each make a commitment towards the end of the meeting. At the beginning of the next meeting, we tune into accountability by giving one word that describes how well we kept our commitment. … Continue reading

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Deconstructed cottage pie

  The kitchen was full of energy: pots boiling , food processor slicing and grating, steamer steaming. I had started dinner very late and cottage pie was on the menu.   There are a number of steps to cottage pie: … Continue reading

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The Craziest Competition of All

I walked out this morning at 6:30, hoping it would be cool. My dog was, as usual, beside himself with excitement. As we (my dog and me) rounded the bend, I noticed a young man with the biggest mop of … Continue reading

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Warning: huge losses due to busyness

What I read this morning led me to answer a question in my journal, and this sparked an awful realization for me. My busyness could be an issue. One of my closest and dearest friends often calls me “Busy Bee’. I … Continue reading

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What you do today defines you tomorrow

Every now and again I read something that makes a light bulb go off in my head – it’s that elusive “aha” moment that we all enjoy. I’ve had a mad and crazy year. I have made more mistakes in … Continue reading

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