Do you recognize it?

A few years ago, I was in New York City one summer night. I was with a group of friends waiting at the crosswalk for the light to change. It goes without saying there were a ton of people around; it’s New York City after all. While waiting, I heard one voice above the noise […]

Inner talks to himself

Being human.

Several years ago, my sister gave me a book for Christmas; List Yourself: Listmaking as the Way to Self-Discovery, by Ilene Segalove and Paul Bob Velick. What a great little book to help us understand who we are and give us “stuff” to share with others so they can know us better, too. Here is […]


Trade up.

Invisible. Unloved. Unworthy. Insecure. Lonely. Weak. Disappointed. Unsatisfied. Afraid of Abandonment. Useless. Silly. Failure. Broken. Not Good Enough. Afraid. Frightened. Incompetent. Scared. Unsure. Sad. Angry. Helpless. Liar. Ugly. Terrible. Hypocrite. Fat. Unlovable. Inadequate. Loser. Unpopular. Alone. Crazy. Not knowing Whose I Am. Not Knowing Who I Am. Unacceptable. Irrelevant. Guilty. Stuck. Scared. Stupid. Incapable. Rejected. Who […]

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It’s a miracle.

During my counseling internship for my master’s degree, my faculty advisor talked about the power of one question we could ask our clients. This one question could identify where someone is currently and where they wish they could be: “During the night, while you were sleeping, a miracle happened. When you woke up, you discovered all […]

Miracles happen

Who shows up?

I heard someone say recently, “A value is an observable behavior.” Think about what you value. How is that value expressed by what you do? Think of behavior you’ve observed  in someone else. Can you determine the values someone holds based on what they do? Actions reveal what’s important to people; they reveal who we […]


Is it plumb?

We measure “stuff” all day. We measure how long it will take to do something or to get somewhere. We measure ingredients, calories, productivity, how many steps we take in a day, fruit and vegetable servings, water intake, cups of coffee, hours of sleep. We measure a lot all day. How do we measure those things? […]

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I love words.

I love words, language, communication. Words are useful, weighty, descriptive, have impact, can build up, or tear down, bring a laugh, help explain something to a listener, express joy, anger, sadness. I just like words. For fun, I looked up the definition of “measured” and its related words. Here are some of my favorites as […]


On the way to something great!

Welcome to a new adventure! “Measured Lives” was an idea born in my heart a few years ago and I’m thrilled to begin officially sharing what I believe will be an incredible journey of learning and living. The idea began developing when a former boss wrote on my performance evaluation, “Michelle’s words are measured, which […]

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