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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Delight other people

Adam Robinson is an author, US Chess Federation life master and co-founder of The Princeton Review.  When speaking with Tim Ferriss on his podcast, Adam said that he lives his life trying to delight other people.   He said, “If you’re going to a meeting with a venture capitalist because you’re looking for funding for your startup, or you’re going on a date, or you’re going on a job interview, forget the fact that it’s an interview; you’re going to delight the other person.  That’s what you’re there for, first and foremost and to make a connection.  And if you do, if that’s your focus as opposed to getting the job or getting the funding, then you get magic and miracles.  That should be your primary focus.  And what it does is it gives you infinite power because you want nothing, and you’re offering everything.  All I want in this moment now, with you, sitting in front of you on your couch, is to connect with you and to delight you.” Continue reading

Choosing post-secondary schools

My oldest was choosing post-secondary schools to apply to this past weekend.  Time flies.  I remember when he went to preschool and now, I will be the mom of three teens when my youngest has a birthday shortly.

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.

When he asked me what programs I thought he should choose I reminded him to follow his heart.  Take what interests you.  What sparks your curiosity.  There is no correct answer.  Turning left or turning right can lead to a beautiful journey. Continue reading

Watched the American election unfold

People from around the world held their breath this week as we watched the American election unfold.  In the end, 75 million votes were cast for Joe Biden and 71 million for current president Donald Trump.  Biden won the electoral college and was named the president-elect.  Along with his running mate, Kamala Harris, as vice president-elect.  Biden received more votes than any presidential candidate in the history of the country. Continue reading

Halloween during a pandemic

As we approach Halloween during a pandemic, I started wondering.

Do we really feel like donning a costume mask after wearing one in our daily lives for six months?

I have heard people say that they notice how eyes smile more now that many are in masks.  Or they meet new people who are wearing masks and then when they finally see their face, they do not recognize them as their brain created a face under the mask that did not match reality. Continue reading

Your ten-year plan for a remarkable life

Debbie Millman, designer and author, was a guest on the Tim Ferriss podcast that I listened to this week.  After multiple rejections in her career and overcoming a traumatic childhood, she wrote six books, co-founded the world’s first masters in branding program, started one of the world’s first podcasts entitled Design Matters, and was the editorial and creative director of Print Magazine for a time (a magazine which was in print from 1940 to 2017).

She mentioned that one of the things she has asked of her students over the years is to write, “Your Ten-Year Plan For A Remarkable Life.”  This is something she learned as a student of Milton Glaser (who created the I Heart NY campaign which I remember vividly from my childhood.) Continue reading

International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child was this past weekend and I saw something posted that really made me pause.  It mentioned that at age 15 Joan of Arc led a French army in a victory battle, Anne Frank had written a diary about being a Jewish girl hiding in a city occupied by the Nazis that went on to become a world-renowned book, Greta Thunberg inspired a global movement to stop climate change, and Malala was shot for speaking out in support of girls’ education and has since graduated from Oxford and won the Nobel Peace Prize.   These girls changed the world. Continue reading

Give yourself permission to be creative

I watched a TED Talk by actor Ethan Hawke entitled, “Give yourself permission to be creative.”  He said you must ‘play the fool’ sometimes and be vulnerable.  Go out on a limb.  He caught the acting bug after his first stage performance at age 12 and he has been at it ever since.  When he and his brother walked out of the movie Top Gun years ago, they were both so affected by the tale.  It made Ethan want to tell stories as an actor and it made his brother want to join the military.  They both followed those passions and were extremely successful with acting awards for Ethan and a decorated military career for his Green Beret brother. Continue reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in the 1930s.  A vastly different time than today.  Considering that, it is remarkable that her mom left savings for Ruth to go to school before she died at a young age of cancer, that Ruth went on to be a lawyer (and was one of nine women in a class of 500 at Harvard Law), and that her husband took care of the cooking and as Ruth said, “was the only young man I dated who cared that I had a brain.” Continue reading

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