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One of the tools I use often in both my coaching and my day job (software development project manager) is the concept of reverse engineering. The technical definition is the reproduction of another manufacturer’s product following detailed examination of its construction or composition but I like to think of it as deconstructing what you want […]

A daring older woman jumping into water with the words Start With the End in Mind to Become Your Future Self with Jen Vertanen

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My 80-year-old self. My north star. My wisest mentor.  I’ve worked hard to create a loving and productive relationship with her. She never leads me astray. She’s never unkind to me. She always guides me in the right direction. She is warm and loving and hilarious and feisty and loves to dance and sing and […]

A pair of older woman's hands clasped - she's wearing a green gingham dress with the words the wisdom of your future self

First things first – let’s talk about the elephant in the room ==> we live in an ageist society. And that sucks hairy donkey balls. But that doesn’t mean that each and every one of us reading this (including me) can’t do our part in changing the narrative. Will it take time? Yes. Is it […]

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The world feels a bit hell in a handbasket-ish at the moment but that doesn’t give you license to self-flagellate. Instead, it’s a time to show yourself the same loving kindness you would a hurting best friend, a scared child, or an aging parent who just got some devastating news. Research shows that practicing self-compassion […]

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Before we get started, let’s define how we’re going to use the word “success” within the context of this post (and my work). I’m talking about success from the perspective that you are living and loving your F*CK YEAH life in spite of your economic or social status…in spite of your past…in spite of the […]

The future is literally a blank slate waiting to be written by you.  And here’s a universal truth ==> You can’t do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. It’s simply 👏🏼 not 👏🏼 possible 👏🏼. You can’t go through the motions day in and day out and expect that magically, […]

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