The Art of Mourning

I still think about my second boyfriend.

I had just moved to Texas. I met him at a country dancing bar one of my first nights out in town. I was 17; I snuck in on a fake ID, fingers crossed for the chance to experience “adulting”.

He was a cowboy from the hill country. I had never fal...

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Context, Content, & Concern: A Conflict Resolution Framework with Sara Ness

conflict connection Sep 16, 2021

Unless you just don't talk to anyone, ever (or you only talk about the weather), conflict is an inevitable part of life. We've all developed ways and tools to deal, avoid, navigate, or perhaps instigate over the course of our lives -- some helpful, some not so much. 

But what about when the...

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The Path of the Paradoxical Leader

authentic leadership Jul 26, 2021

Do you ever get the sense that something is happening around you, maybe even because of you, and everybody else knows it - except for you?

A few months ago, our strategist and marketer Mel decided to go full-time with her own project. We were all very sad to lose her, but I was delighted when...

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The Paradox of Leadership: Authentic Revolution founder Sara Ness, Seek Healing founder Jennifer Nicolaisen, and Authentic Relating Toronto founder Taylor Barratt

authentic leadership Jul 02, 2021

How do we make sense of what it means to be a leader?

Below, you'll find a lengthy discussion between Authentic Revolution founder Sara Ness, Seek Healing founder Jennifer Nicolaisen, and Authentic Relating Toronto founder Taylor Barratt on the topic of community and business leadership. We...

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Taking Authentic Facilitation to the Workplace

It's one thing to bring Authentic Relating skills into your relationship, your family, and your living room.

 

It's another thing entirely to bring it into the workplace, board room, and company culture!

 

To find out how it works, Jason Digges spoke to Carrie Patrick, Senior...

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The Relating Languages Part 2: Stress and Safety in Connection

by Sara Ness

Why is it that sometimes we can be our “best selves” — grounded, connected, and aware — and sometimes, we’re a total relational mess?

Personality typing systems give us a general concept of who we are. I’m an “Enneagram 7” —...

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The Relating Languages Part 1, or Why We Don’t All Just Get Along

 

by Sara Ness


Hi, I’m Sara, and I am an awkwardvert.

An awkwardvert (self-titled) is a mix of extrovert tendencies with a lot of social anxiety. I want to meet you, but I also want to run away. I have always struggled with, and searched for, answers to the following questions:

What are...

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What does “Authentic” mean?

by Sara Ness

 

“It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.” — Abraham Harold Maslow

 

What does authentic mean?

Is authenticity total honesty in all your words and actions? Is it following your impulses, your...

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A Pew for Elijah: What a Funeral Taught Me About Facilitation

by Sara Ness

“You don’t belong here.”

That’s the feeling I got upon walking into the room. I was twenty three years old, and one of my community members had just passed away – a devastating homicide while he was en route to Baton Rouge to facilitate that...

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Learning How to Fuck Up

authentic relating Feb 13, 2019

by Sara Ness

 

What if “you did it wrong!” could be a compliment?

Our culture tends to penalize mistakes. When someone does a “wrong thing” – hits on a woman who doesn’t want it, lies, fails to keep a commitment – they are likely to end up in...

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