With the shift to working remotely, the insanity of 2020 in general, and the stress levels of everyone around me I’ve noticed conversations getting a little crunchy lately.

I’ve had to do a lot of pausing, deep breathing, and counting to ten in my conversations. I find I’m regularly checking myself and my reactions against the things others say in discussion with me.

Are they being jerks? Do we just disagree? Do they have any awareness of how they’re being perceived?

In today’s professional setting especially, it is so important to check yourself (before you wreck yourself) before you react.

Here’s how you can do that. Continue Reading Is It Bad Behavior Or Do You Just Disagree?

This is it! This is the interview that made it so clear that the Think Tank of Three needed Reischea Canidate-Kapasouris as a co-host on this podcast.

We talk a lot on this podcast about making big moves in life, breaking free from fear, and stepping out to pave a new path.

But what about when those moves are decided for you?

Join us as we walk through our newest co-hosts story of her climb to the top and starting over after hitting the peak of her career.

Continue Reading Starting Over Again on the Climb to the Top with Reischea Canidate-Kapasouris – Episode #36

A man I love once told me that I am what’s wrong with the world.

“You,” he had exclaimed in frustration. “You are the problem!”

I was in my early 30s and working as an Executive Producer in a TV newsroom. My sixth newsroom in four states, which to me symbolizes the sacrifice and hard work I had put in to build a successful career and advance in an industry that I can only describe as a 24/7 pressure-cooker.

I was having dinner with my parents when my dad, clearly exasperated and not intending to hurt my feelings, declared that as a member of the media, I was the problem.

Continue Reading How To Pray For The Media. Hint: It’s Not How You Might Think

What happens when your plan goes off the rails?

I never imagined that at this point in my life I would be asking:  “Where am I going?”  “What am I doing?”  “What do I want to do?”.  I actually had a plan.  In fact, by now, I was supposed to be living that plan full throttle, able to choose projects that I was passionate about, living my “idea” of success.

Well, my plans didn’t go in the direction I had pictured.  The career track I thought I was on, fizzled away, my beautiful family took center stage, and the self developed some very real doubts.  Here’s the thing; the change wasn’t causing me the issue.  This wasn’t the first time I’ve switched gears.  I went to college with a pre-med focus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  However, medical school was no longer in my plan.  I was turned on to broadcasting my senior year, and once I said it out loud, there was no turning back.  I decided to go home where I was able to start my career in Fresno, California.  Broadcasting later moved me from California to New York to Connecticut.  I’m not new to change, but for the first time ever, I found myself unsure of what my next move should be. Continue Reading Getting Back On Track!

Stephanie BarnhillGuest Blog by Stephanie Barnhill, Operations Consultant at mConnexions

I am a near 38-year-old woman, happily married for almost 11 years now, living in Michigan with three adorable dogs. No picket fence because our HOA won’t allow it. And no kids either because we’re childfree.

“Childfree” is a word you may not have heard before – I only learned it in the last few years. It’s used in place of the word “childless”, meaning a life without children isn’t negative for us as nothing is “missing”. A life sans children is what we chose. Perhaps the terms feels a bit tedious, but I think it’s an important distinction for some people, like myself. We are without children on purpose, because we do not desire to be parents.

But let’s rewind a bit. Continue Reading Being Childfree: Our Path To Discovering We Don’t Want Kids

First comes love, then comes marriage. But wait! What about the parents who skip having the baby in the baby carriage?

Is it true what they say, that you don’t know ‘love’ until you’re a parent?

Are you selfish if you choose not to have children?

What about men and women who want to conceive a child, but are unable to do so naturally?

Or the women and men who want to have children, but haven’t yet found love?

There are many paths to choose from — and some paths are even chosen for us. In this episode, the Think Tank of Three talks with a guest who shares about her choice to be ‘childfree’.

Continue Reading Can You Know ‘Love’ Without Being a Parent? Choosing to be Childfree with Stephanie Barnhill – Episode #34

Beth Peck, Project KoruGuest Blog by Beth Peck, Executive Director of Project Koru

Right this moment I am staring out the window of a little 63’ Franklin travel trailer, listening to the quiet morning waves of Lake Superior. Mornings are always my favorite time; it’s quiet, all I can hear is the light breathing of my three kids as they catch up on sleep from the previous day’s adventure mixed with the rustle of the biggest evergreens in the great state of Michigan.

Sitting in my little twin bed drinking freshly made camp coffee, I always have a happy heart when I’m working in the morning from Lil’ Frankie, the name we gave our travel trailer. She’s 150 sq ft of vintage charm that I worked all spring to restore. Every nook and cranny has a purpose and every time I’m in here my soul explodes with happiness. She is mine, and I made her. I made this life. Continue Reading A Mom, A Travel Trailer, & A Reminder to Take The Jump!

Do you dream of earning the corner office? Of buying the biggest house in the best neighborhood? Of providing for your family — of having it all?

Until one day, you realize that dream has changed. Or, it wasn’t really your dream at all! Whether you feel pulled in a new direction, or you’re faced with a life-altering diagnosis like our podcast guest, life is full of transitions. Sometimes the path to finding our true joy is an unexpected one.

At 32 years old, as a newly divorced single mom of two, Beth Peck received a devastating diagnosis. Cancer. The battle was on… and spoiler alert… Beth (or shall we call her Vi!) not only fought back, she is now leading the fight at a nonprofit that helps young adults facing cancer. And that’s just the first few minutes of this episode!

Continue Reading The Unexpected Path to Finding Joy with Beth Peck – Episode #33