3 Things They Don’t Teach in College (but should)

Last month our daughter graduated from high school.  It’s been an emotional ride filled with pride, excitement for what’s ahead and a touch of sadness when I contemplate her goodbye. When she heads off to college in the fall, it will be a big transition for us all. I find myself thinking about my own college experience.  What I learned in and out of the classroom, lasting friendships as well as the recognition that I could make a difference in the world. My small, private liberal arts school engrained in me their motto,  “ Not unto ourselves alone are we born” and for that I’m grateful. There are a few things, [...]

For Better or Worse – 3 Lessons Learned While Working with My Spouse

After my husband Pat survived a major brain injury in April 2013, I took a leap of faith and joined him in business.  Even he was shocked when, five  months into his recovery, I told him I felt compelled to quit my job.  As an executive of a brand-consulting agency I enjoyed a nice paycheck, great benefits and perks.  I've chronicled my decision process in an earlier post, so as I cross the year mark it seems fitting to take stock of and share what I've learned. 1. You don't know what you don't know. As I considered joining Pat [...]

The Curve Ball I Didn’t See

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my brush with death and real life lesson that, no matter how hard we try to we control things, life often throws an unexpected curve ball. I use the baseball analogy because it was in the beginning of the last year’s Little League baseball season (where I’m another kind of coach) when the Intraversato family got the pitch they did not expect. Life was going well. Both Sophia and Anthony were excelling in school and their spring sports, tennis and baseball. Sandy’s new position at an innovation firm was keeping her challenged and Iron [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:36:23+00:00April 30th, 2014|Intentional Living, Motivation, Tools and Insights|

New Face at Iron Coaching

The twists and turns of life produce unforeseen outcomes. The morning of April 30th 2013 started out as a typical Tuesday, each Intraversato family member in his or her get-the-day started process.  Fast-forward to 7:25am, the time that showed on my phone when an ambulance, loaded with Pat, my husband and Iron Coaching founder, rushed from our driveway en route to OHSU. Twenty minutes later I received a call from an emergency room neurosurgeon telling me that Pat had an “acute subdural hematoma” - medical terminology for a massive bleed in his brain.  Barely comprehending the situation, I authorized them [...]

Where has Good Friday gone?

At the risk of being viewed as politically incorrect I need to ask the question. Where has Good Friday gone? For Christians in America this week is considered to be very special and Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year. Growing up in a Syrian Orthodox home, this was a very special week. Our church had a different service each night of the week, where the priest, deacons and alter boys would act out the scenes from Jesus' last week with his disciples and His journey to the cross. Starting with Palm Sunday, then to [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:39:19+00:00April 5th, 2012|Intentional Living, Proverbs|