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Deirdre Maloney is a national speaker, published author and proud president of Momentum LLC, which helps individuals and organizations meet their goals and sleep better at night. In addition to her other roles, Deirdre teaches marketing for the University of San Diego. Her leadership blog and various writings, all of which feature her personal brand of "mild audacity", have been featured throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her new book, Tough Truths: The 10 Leadership Lessons We Don't Talk About is hot off the press. Her first book, The Mission Myth, was released in November 2011. For more information on Deirdre, visit

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Things You Learn When You're Lost on a Big, Fat Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Today's post is a bit different. It's a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don't judge me.

It begins after a good dose of "you can do it Deirdre!" pep talks, when I signed up for a race/hike up a big, fat mountain in the big, dry, lunar-landscaped desert...

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What Two Little Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:10 AM

It happened at a grocery store on a Sunday evening. Hubbie and I were pooped from a day of errand-filled frenzy and this was our last stop on the journey.

As we made our way down to the parking garage, loaded up with bags, there stood two adorable little Girl...

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Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Stupid, freakin' fear. I hate it. And, sad to say, I'm walking in a big, glumpy pile of it as I write this.

Walk with me for a moment, won't you?

As we begin, let me first acknowledge how ironic this post feels already. I've written lots of blogs on...

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This Is a Test -- Let's Play

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:21 AM

The new year has started off with a momentous occasion. Momentous, I say.

For me, anyway. Because I quit my gym.

Those of you who know me will understand why this is such a big deal... that up to now my body-building hobby has actually been an enormous part...

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How to Handle the 'Fondue Effect'

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Ahhh... fondue. What a delicious, fun, gooey metaphor for a mistake we all make in life.

If you've never indulged in fondue, it's basically a meal where you take little bits of solid things and dunk them into various kinds of liquid things. Little bits of bread go into cheese...

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8 Things Guaranteed to Happen to You in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:12 PM

I am not a time traveler. Nor am I a psychic. But I do know a few things about you.

I know, for instance, that a few things are going to happen to you in this coming year. Guaranteed. Some are awesome. Some... not so much.

I know this to...

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When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:15 PM

So I got my credit card statement yesterday.

Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit... shall we say... active during my recent travels.

And so I did what many of us would do.


I shut my...

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How to Like Your Life More

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Poof. It's over.

My little "life sabbatical", the one that took Hubbie and me overseas for six months, is over. And in the blink of an eye that sneaky little bugger known as reality has quickly set in.

Exhibit A? My new living room at the moment:

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The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:20 PM

I've got a bone to pick with the sun. And I suspect it might make you roll your eyes a bit. Fair enough. Just stick with me if you will.

My irritation has been occurring during my two-month stay in Barcelona. It's a lovely city, one that's filled with seemingly...

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I Now Pronounce You Happy

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I think we'd all agree that life is filled with unexpected experiences. This is especially true, it turns out, when you travel overseas. And it's even more true, I now know, when you do it for an extended period of time.

Take, for example, my recent participation in Barcelona's...

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Don't Worry... Be Crappy

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Life has a funny way of keeping us all humble, yes?

I speak from years of experience, which have included a whole lot of moments where I found myself... shall we say... not at my best.

Take, for example, my recent efforts to learn yoga... where even the simplest-seeming...

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How to Tackle Life's Little Stinks

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Life can get pretty stinky now and then. That's what makes it... life, yes?

Take, for example, a recent little excursion in France's wine country. The day began on a such high note. Not only were we about to take a bike tour that would explore the...

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The Messy, Imperfect Blog Post

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Well, this stinks.

With just a few days left in Paris and a blog post coming due, I desperately want to write something inspired... something that beautifully sums up my time in the City of Lights and the lessons that have come along the way.

There have been a lot...

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The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:37 AM

I begin today's post with a few words on a beloved topic: food.

Specifically, French food.

Before arriving in Paris there was lots of dreamy anticipation about the pending French cuisine. Those decadent, creamy sauces... those exquisite pastries... that bread...


Okay yes,...

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How to Handle the Other B.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:05 PM

My current city of Paris and my beloved, Italian mother just collided.

I invited her to visit after experiencing some of the best things Paris has to offer.

While Mama was excited about exploring both the culinary and non-culinary wonders of the...
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Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Recently our French adventure found us renting a car to drive out to the country -- a somewhat death-defying notion for anyone whose starting line is in Paris.

Really, you never know what you're going to find.

Actual photo from a random walk on...
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How to Fit In and When Not to Bother

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 3:54 PM

With a month of living in Paris now behind me, I can definitively say that this city has got a few things figured out. They know good art, they know good pastry, they know good coffee.

It's made fitting in not just fairly easy, but also a pretty great learning...

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What to Do About the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:14 PM

So, it's officially here. After much build up and prep, our six-month overseas adventure began about two weeks ago when our plane touched down in Paris.

And it turns out my first life lesson based on this little adventure followed that very morning. We'd gone to a store to stock...

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The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:00 AM

This past week I hit a wall. Literally.



The good news, beside the fact that I'm uninjured and therefore able to write this blog, is that it happened because I was exhausted from our exciting move.

To Paris. France.

It happened at...

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The Problem With Your Problem Solver

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:36 AM

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

Needless to say, I've needed lots of people to figure lots of things out. Actually, I've needed more than people. I've needed experts.

Here's just a sample:

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