Why Communicate?

Recently, my reading and discoveries has me pondering the purpose for communication. There are arguably three of them. First, we communicate with the purpose of sharing information; second, we communicate to problem solve, and third, we communicate with the purpose of tending to a relationship… a lot of time this means venting! We often blend…

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Surround Yourself with Good People

One of the unexpected benefits of this summer has been, hands down, the community of people within which I find myself. I have met some of the most genuine, intentional, and awesome people.  For me, its been an excellent reminder that life is so much sweeter when you surround yourself with people who inspire you…

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July: Learning and Applying

My activities these past four weeks fit mainly in two categories. The first is a continuation from the month of June- learning content, observing trainings, and sometimes helping to deliver modules at Insight trainings.  The material for Insight trainings stem primarily from two world- renown books. The first, Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher, William…

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The Coolest Fellowship

This week has been filled with some pretty special days as an Insight Fellow. I’m currently in Zurich, Switzerland with David Seibel (President of Insight Partners) as a second trainer at a Negotiation Skills Training. Insight Partners was hired to provide a day and a half training followed by a day and a half of…

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Everything Is Up For Negotiation

Every morning on my way to the office, I pass this sign. “Entering Concord”, it reads, and every morning I am reminded that this is real. That for the next year, I will be an Insight Fellow, working with some of the best minds in the field of conflict management and effective communication. But what…

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When living abroad- try a home stay!

When I first decided to go abroad to France, it didn’t actually register that I would be living with host families. It wasn’t until after I received my location, information on my new school, and had to write my first introductory letter to my new “parents” that I realized that I was about to step…

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Study Abroad

« Douce France Cher pays de mon enfance  Bercée de tendre insouciance  Je t’ai gardé dans mon cœur » I didn’t actually spend my childhood in France, but in high school I was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and spent my junior year in a French high school in Brittany, France. It was, in itself, an incredible…

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la mode?

Quand on voyage souvent, petit à petit on commence à vouloir se simplifier la vie en supprimant le nombre d’objets que l’on possède. Depuis juin 2015 je me suis souvent posée cette question : Comment réduire le poids de ma valise. La réponse la plus simple était d’amener moins de paires de chaussures, pantalons, chemisiers, etc….

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City Centers and Pedestrians

In the last month, I’ve had the great fortune to visit three key cities in three European countries: Trieste Italy, Ljubljana Slovenia, and Rijeka Croatia. While the cities differ in culture and language, they do share an aspect I greatly appreciate- all of them have sections of their city center dedicated solely to pedestrians. The…

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Trieste, Italy

Trieste, Italy- this is where Justin and I call home for the moment. Justin was accepted into the Master’s Program at the Illy Coffee Foundation supported by the University of Trieste. Come October when he defends his thesis he will have a Master’s in the Economics and Science of Coffee. (Yes, the program really does…

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