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Gayle Hilgendorff
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Author, speaker and coach Gayle Hilgendorff is an ex-corporate executive on a mission to help professionals around the globe live in balance. After 21 years of building a successful corporate career while simultaneously maintaining an enviable healthy life balance, Gayle left her career to share her knowledge with a broader audience. She is the founder of The Healthy Leader, an executive health and leadership consulting firm, and the author of Live More, Work Better: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Life (Bascom Hill Publishing, 2015). Gayle currently works with companies and individuals around the world to increase their success, productivity and job engagement while synchronously improving their overall life balance.

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Transform Your Life: How to Put Mindset Over Matter

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 11:10 AM

How many times in your life have you heard the phrase, "It's just mind over matter"?

Probably more times than you paid attention to (or wanted to).

From childhood: Eat your vegetables. Sure, they are green, just put them in your mouth and enjoy them. It's mind over matter.

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How Smart Women Rethink Their To-Do Lists

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:42 PM

I was working with a group of women last week on the idea of creating a WANT to do list vs. reacting to a NEED to do list. This is an exercise that I enjoy doing with people, where we take a step back from our need to do, should...

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More Life, Less Email: How to Conquer Your Inbox

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:34 AM

We are programmed to believe that things have to be hard before they become easy. Think of all the language surrounding us that supports that theory. Work hard, play hard. Nothing in this world comes easy. No pain, no gain. Good things come to those who wait. From childhood to...

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Can You Really Be Anything You Want to Be?

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:27 PM

I grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. There were 60 people in my town, my family contributing seven to those sixty. Eight towns came together to make up our high school. There were 82 people in my graduating class. Of those 82 students, just one...

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How to Attain Exceptional Health in One Easy Step

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:41 PM

We all know the importance of good health. We all strive to be the best we can be in every facet of our lives. But, when the goal to attain exceptional health meets every day reality, well, you know what happens.

Goodbye dreams of eating better, exercising more and...

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2015 Planning: Start With Your Feelings?

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:30 PM

It's planning time! You knew that I'd have to write about planning for 2015 at one point before the end of the year. It would be inappropriate not to! Truth be told, being the planning psycho that I am, it was hard to wait this long to broach the subject....

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Stop Working Yourself Harder: 3 Steps to Working Yourself Better

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 6:54 PM

From a young age we've been told that if we work hard, we will be successful. We've been conditioned to believe that a prosperous life is the direct result of working hard. Work hard, play hard. Whether we are working at our job, for our business, at a relationship, for...

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3 Paradigm Shifts to a Better Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:04 PM

About 10 years ago (or was it 15? I seem to take five years off of everything I remember to make me feel younger), back in my corporate executive days, the 'Corporate Word of the Year' was paradigm. You know what I mean, right? Every year or so, the corporate...

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Why I Quit My Big Time, Powerful, Six-Figure Corporate Job

(8) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Dating back to high school, I had a dream of becoming a wildly successful businesswoman. At the time, and for the next 20-something years of my life, "wildly successful" meant money, titles, secretaries, travel (in first class of course), a condominium with a view in a big city, and Diane...

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Stop Giving Up Unhealthy Habits!

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 5:07 PM

I was watching the Today show a few weeks ago. There was a competition brewing between Matt, Willie, and a group of viewers -- they all vowed to give up something unhealthy for 30 days. From what I surmised, Tamron was also part of the challenge, but only lasted 10...

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Three Steps to Working Less

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:50 PM

We work too much. Period. End of story. No debate.

And I believe that it is about time we did something about it.

But, let's not forget that work IS (or should be) a good thing. For most of us, our career is our work. Our contribution to our...

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Are You Aware? Or Just Simply There?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:17 PM

Rj and I were in our usual spots at the bikram yoga studio with ten minutes before class was to start. We were engaged in our usual pre-class routine: laying flat on our backs trying desperately to acclimate to the heat and wondering why in the world we liked this...

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The First 5 Steps to Life Balance

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Finding balance in your life can sometimes feel so overwhelming. We dream of a healthy body, a beautiful family, eight hours of sleep, bubble baths, yoga classes, golfing five days a week, extended vacations and endless financial and material wealth, then abruptly awake to our real lives of too much...

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The 5-Minute Resolution

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Twas the weeks before the New Year
And all through the mind
Not a moment of silence
Was easy to find.

Deadlines, commitments and holiday food
Weight on your body and mind, crushing your mood
Expectations, travel and family galore
You wish...

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From Corporate to Kauai: Redefining Success in Three Easy Steps

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:38 PM

I was the managing director of human resources for a 30,000-person business unit of a Fortune 500 corporation. I earned multi-six figures, had two homes, travelled the world at least twice a year, drove a fancy car, ate at expensive restaurants and had a standing appointment at the local spa....

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Why Do We Work So Hard?

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Have you ever wondered why you work so hard? Why getting the next promotion, the biggest bonus or the highest praise is so important to your sense of accomplishment? Why you wake up every day determined to work harder to be better than you were the day before? Why the...

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The Essential Ingredient to a Work-Free Vacation

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:49 PM

A work-free vacation is considered a fantasy in our technology enabled realities of today. We are always plugged in, available and reachable. Unless you decide to take a trek through the undiscovered mountain towns of northern Siberia, chances are pretty good that if someone from work wanted to get a...

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The First Step to Life Balance: Tame Your Ego

(14) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:28 AM

We all have one. Some of ours are bigger than others, some are more realistic. We are born free of one, yet as we develop in our childhood, we grow one quickly. We rarely set ours aside for others, but expect others to set theirs aside for ours. It drives...

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You Are When You Eat Just as Much as What You Eat

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 9:46 PM

We've all heard the age-old adage, "You are what you eat." Which is very true. However, before you learn what you should eat to keep your mind and body alive and well, we need to start at the very beginning and take the first step to better health: eating regularly.

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