Mentoring Young Women

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rise by lifting others, mentoring

Mentoring A friend was recently talking about mentoring young women in technology.  I thought this was a great idea.  Although it wasn’t something I could take on right now, it got me thinking, what would I say if I was to mentor young women?  What would be my advice to young women who are newly into their careers?  I thought … Read More

What Did I Learn

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Kerstin McInnis, Career Transition Coach

I often ask myself, “What did I learn” after going through various life experiences.  It seems that the harder lessons are the ones that really make me stop and ponder, “What was the lesson here?” On Monday there was a lot of discussion around Cam Newton’s bad attitude at the post-Superbowl press conference.  Yes, it sucks to lose.  Especially when … Read More

Learning To Live Without Regrets

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices3 Comments

Yesterday I went to visit my mom. I hadn’t seen her in a few weeks. I feel that my remaining time with her is precious and I want to make the most of it. She’s nearing 86 years old. She’s in relatively good health considering her age and some of the stress she’s gone through over the years. She forgets … Read More

Avoidance & Learning

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices, Family2 Comments

heart shaped rock

I am witnessing the demise of my mother. My mother is 84 years old and in moderate health. She is slightly overweight, 30 pounds or so, with high blood pressure. Her mind is fairly sharp though, especially considering her age. She enjoys reading and traveling and doesn’t appear as old as her age suggests. Yet, I can see she is … Read More

I Choose

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There’s a homeless man that lives in an alcove of my building. His name is Mike. He doesn’t fit the image of most homeless men in my neighborhood. He appears very clean, takes care with his appearance, and wears a gold wedding band. He sleeps in the alcove. By 7am, he’s rolled up his items, cleaned up the space and … Read More

I Am Open to Receiving the Gifts of the Universe

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices, Happiness, Support1 Comment

Open hands, palms up, open to receiving

Are you someone who loves to give? Do you take care of everyone else and set aside your own needs? Do you keep your troubles to yourself so that you don’t burden others? Some of us are really good at giving. We are there at a moment’s notice for a friend. We always offer to help. We are a willing … Read More

What Feeds You?

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices, Happiness1 Comment

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what feeds me. I don’t mean actual food, although that can feed me too. I’m referring to what feeds my soul. I’ve put a lot of my favorite things on the back burner lately due to other priorities. My painting class and writing has taken a backseat. I haven’t searched out anything new either, … Read More

In a pickle.

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices2 Comments

Oh to be caught in a pickle.  It’s rarely exciting, unless you’re playing baseball in the 1960’s and your life is some version of the movie Sandlot. No real life pickles (and not the dill kind) are usually much more challenging. You’re stuck in a difficult situation, deciding between two choices. Maybe you’re deciding over two job offers or you’re … Read More

Childlike Innocence

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices, Happiness4 Comments

It’s gray and misting rain today in Seattle.  I’m thankful for this mild weather compared to Hurricane Sandy and the beating the east coast received. When I was very little, around six, I used to love this gray misty weather.  I would run outside and say, “it’s sparkling!”  Perhaps it was a misunderstanding of the word “sprinkling” or maybe I … Read More

Happy Columbus Day!

Kerstin McInnis, A Cake Walk LifeChoices, Holidays2 Comments

explore, explorers, find yourself

Happy Columbus Day! I’m not going to discuss the facts and myths about Columbus.  There is a lot of information about him available online regarding what he did or didn’t do and the importance of him to the U.S. What is important about Columbus, and is worth pointing out, is that he was someone who pushed aside the naysayers comments … Read More