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A place where I openly share my personal experiences and thoughts to connect, motivate, inspire and journey through life with you. 

In Her Own Words: Shari Leid turns friendship into a movement

At the beginning of 2020, I was successfully serving women around the country as a life coach, excited to have my first book released in the Fall and anticipating both of my kids leaving for college on opposite coasts for Fall semester. My husband of 23 years and I were set to become empty nesters. […]

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Friendships in your 50s: One Year. 50 Empowering Dates with My Girlfriends.

I love saying that I’ve reached “my better half.” While I have been married for 23 years, “my better half” is not a reference to my husband but rather to my place in life. I turned 50 last December. And I couldn’t be happier than I am now, finally living in my better half! Prior […]

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The Friendship Challenge That Will Change Your Life

What if I told you every person that is in your life is both your teacher and your student? What if I told you that everyone who comes into your life, is in your life for a purpose? The 50/50 Friendship Flow encourages each of us to give one another the gift of time. It […]

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The Power of Listening

Remember back in grade school, as early as kindergarten, when we were told to “listen to your teachers” or “listen to your parents.” We were taught at an early age that listening was important. If we did not listen, we knew that we would be in trouble. This first direction “to listen” came from a […]

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The Grass is Not Greener On the Other Side of the Sidewalk

Life lessons from a rainy morning stroll This past month, due to construction work at our home, we rented a house in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.  Since COVID-19 shut down our annual family vacation, we were excited for this little get away from our home, even if it was just a short 40-minute […]

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2020 Is The Most Important Year Of My Life

There have been a few times in my life, when my life has literally changed overnight.   These moments in life have taught me to not waste a day. I love the line in the Lee Ann Womack song, “And when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance…” While […]

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This Month – I Drafted A Personal Mission Statement, {Which Feels Vulnerable To Share….}

The purpose of a mission statement is to describe why an entity exists, what its overall goal is, what product or service it provides, and includes a description of the  primary customers or market that it wishes to serve.    Staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic has provided the opportunity for a moment of […]

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A New Business Mission Statement Brings Opportunity and Purpose

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, while sheltered in place and witnessing the pain that was unfolding across the world, I struggled to find a way to contribute to the healing.  I realized that I was in a position which allowed me to offer free life coaching to women economically affected by COVID-19.  As […]

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Fight or Flight and The COVID-19 Pandemic

Fight or flight, a physiological response to  stress that is brought about by a perceived harmful event, attack of threat to survival.  COVID-19 has prompted this human survival instinct in all of us.  Fight, we feel immense anger about what the virus is doing to our loved ones, our own health, our education system, our […]

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Pro Bono Coaching Sessions for Women Economically Affected by COVID-19

I have adjusted my work hours to allow the time capacity to offer pro bono (free) coaching sessions for women who have been economically affected by COVID-19. My heart hurts for the world as this virus has not only gripped each one of us, but has caused divide in a time that we need each […]

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