It’s Morning, It’s Beautiful and It’s Summer


As the morning light breaks through over Yountville in the Napa Valley where I am spending the weekend, a flurry of activity has transcended several continents, countries and spheres. Responding to someone in Germany who is about to move to California and wants to find a home for his expat family; setting up appointments for next week; scanning the major headlines in Greece while looking over the latest developments on the Hewlett Packard CEO sexual harassment story and the settlement announcement.

Meanwhile, virtual discussions are taking place on my social media channels – responses and comments on the blog, my coaching practice buzz that is constantly on my head, and in the midst of all this – my vacation, my weekend in Napa. Am I crazy? Addicted to blackberry (actually I have to give credit to my nifty little Nokia – I find it much better than the Blackberry and I passionately dislike the iphone – I have trouble with the touch screen!!).

See what I mean? Too many thoughts twirling and dancing and painting my filters, my tentacles. Does this sound relaxing to you? And does this look like a vacation?

Somehow other people’s ideas of how things should be get in our heads and then things get confusing. Vacations are supposed to make you feel relaxed and light and disconnected from the routines of your life, to break the patterns, to offer the significant and sweet difference that will inspire your engine for the next push upon your return to normalcy. Right?

While you ponder your own point of view on the subject – I am wrapping this up. A light soft rain is falling and it’s simply stunning outside. I am taking a walk. It’s summer; it’s morning, it’s beautiful and it’s life.

Leda Karabela
Leda Karabela's career focus has been building alliances with and among institutional stakeholders, which spans 25 years of experience in international management, public affairs, strategic marketing and philanthropy. Her primary focus has been external audiences, such as opinion leaders, media, customers, and donors.

Today, she is bringing her executive experience into the field of coaching, realizing her passion for people, the ways they click and connect with each other, helping clients discover the power within them to improve their performance, effectiveness and reach. Having held responsibilities for global projects and working with virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, she has also led the corporate relations program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.
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