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Three Small Words

We recently launched a new initiative at our company, Fishbowl, called Oceans Institute (Lighthouse Lifelong Learning) that seeks out individuals of uncommon courage and inspiration who teach us how to be a “lighthouse” to one another. We look forward to sharing the “best of the best” segments with you. The subject of our first discussion

Mar 15, 2014 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Gold Is The Goal

I have been watching the Olympics this last week, as I’m sure most of you have. I am amazed at the athletic ability that they represent. I think of their dedication; their commitment and their perseverance needed to attain their goal. And their Goal is the Gold. In order for them to even get there,

Feb 15, 2014 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

A Change In You

It is family day. The six of us pack up and head for the fairgrounds. The State Fair attracts folks from all around, including many local homeless – and those passing for homeless – looking for a handout. They stake out strategic locations at the entrance and exit of the fairgrounds. From there, they catch

Dec 06, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Flying High

“Look Dad, you’re flying!” Those wonderful words spoken by my three-year-old son, Christian, while I struggled to regain my balance, inspired the theme of my speaking business: “Who needs legs, when you have wings?” Flights of fancy, I believe, are as important as real flight. Of course I will never really fly. That is impossible.

Aug 22, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Blame Game

To regret the experience is to regret the lesson – because the lesson is inextricably contained in the experience. Too often when changes occur and our circumstances are not as we planned, we tend to focus on what we lost, what we’ve missed, what’s gone wrong, who is to blame, and “why me.” We are

Jul 22, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Come What May

When a broken bone heals, it is stronger in that place than it was before the break. It is the same with mental or emotional injury and healing. You can become stronger than before the injury.That is the beauty of healing. That is the gift of injury. I struggle to breathe. I slip in and

Jun 22, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Why You Need to Stop Pursuing Work-Life Balance

Work – Life Balance. As a baby boomer teen born to depression-era parents, I never heard that term once. Didn’t exist back then and, if it had, it would have never come out of my father’s mouth. Hard work was his life, and when he had a day off, he worked. To my dad and

May 22, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Facing The Storms

A Wyoming cowboy was once asked what was the greatest lesson he’d learned from his experiences of ranching. “The Herefords taught me one of life’s most important lessons,” he replied. “We used to breed cattle for a living, but the winter storms would come and kill ’em off. It would take a terrible toll on

Apr 18, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Becoming Your Best Self

If I asked you if it were possible for you to get into the best shape of your life, we could agree that it is. If I asked you were it possible for you to become smarter than you’ve ever been, I think we could agree that you could work hard, study, learn, and practice

Mar 19, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Leader-Less

Ants are some of the most diligent creatures on earth. Aspiring leaders can learn a thing or two from ants – how to work hard for what they want and how best to lead their followers in simple ways. We as humans are obsessed with leadership. Ants don’t have any leaders. We build huge inefficient

Mar 19, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments
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