May 4, 2020

I can distinctly remember the sound of the metro doors on my last ride as a resident of the Washington, DC-area, “doors opening, doors closing”. I remember looking around at my fellow commuters, civil servants, academics, lobbyists, employees of defense companies, law...

December 27, 2019

"You can't become something you can't imagine."

The room grows silent, and I pause to let this sink in. My audience is a group of professionals gathered to talk about visioning and goal setting. As many participants admitted upon entering, two hours on a Saturday mornin...

December 11, 2019

The holidays are a polarizing time for many of us - and can be a quite challenging period to stay connected to our loving, present, best selves in the face of family drama, pressures and forced festivity.

Here is my quick guide to keeping your heart open and warm at thi...

September 8, 2019

I take a gulp and look down at my check book. It has been siting on my desk for days now, taunting me in my indecision.

The words of the admission officer still ring in my ear: "When you put a definitive step of action and commitment in place, the universe conspires to...

August 16, 2019

“Are you dog fearing?” Bob asked, setting down his sandwich and looking at me with startling blue-gray eyes.

“Dog fearing?” I shook my head, not understanding.

“Yeah, you know. Dog fearing…” he repeated.

My friend Alice put her hand on my arm, “That’s his way of asking if...

I will continue to return to you if you are on stage.

This was the phrase my father said to me the first time he came to me in my dreams after his transition. I was only twenty-four. In hindsight I was still a kid, yet I thought I was so grown. I thought I wanted to...

July 16, 2019

"We'd like to offer you the position."

The phone line goes silent and I take a big gulp of air. The silence crackles with expectation, and the pause seems to stretch out for an eternity. This is exactly where a younger Gia would rush in with a thousand grateful expressi...

June 24, 2019

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them


We talk about trust a lot. Trust in ourselves, in others, in the benevolence of the universe. Relationships are built on trust, and trustworthiness is high on the list of qualities we se...

June 17, 2019

Burnout is real. It is something that can happen to all of us, even when you are doing what you love (especially when you are doing what you love). While the experience of it can often feel uncomfortable or scary, burnout can actually be a gift that shows us a new way...

May 15, 2019

Let me introduce myself: I am the founder of a Canadian charity called Shift Happens Coaching. I have spent the past eight years with my head down, hammering pegs into holes, building a strong foundation on which this organization can stand. The work I have been doing...

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