A Request Of You

Blog PostsAshley Stahl

I spent this past weekend watching my friend compete in the Malibu triathlon, which is something that (to me) sounds worse than going to the dentist. Little did I know I’d have one of the most profound experiences of my life. I stood on the beach for hours as he swam, biked and ran. It wasn’t until I was waiting for him to cross the finish line that I noticed this woman next to me cheering very loudly… In fact, it was so loud I assumed someone very special to her was competing in the event. After listening to her scream to the runners, “You can do it! Finish strong! Let’s GO! You’re almost there…” I turned to her, and I asked curiously, “Who are … Read More

Intervention: When Your To-Do List Is Running You

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Who doesn’t love a girls’ night every now and then? It’s an opportunity to escape reality for a few hours, feeling rejuvenated by laughter and heart-to-heart conversations. But at my last girls’ night out, we never made it to such subjects. As we scraped the last of the tiramisu from our dessert plates, we were still trapped in our own heads, reciting all of our stresses in a series of echoes: My to-do list is running my life. You should see MINE – I can’t say no to anything! Me neither. My coaching practice is full but I keep taking on new clients… And I just agreed to sit on the board of a new organization…. That’s a lot of work…I sit on five different … Read More

Networking is Giving

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I completed my undergraduate degree at the height of the recession and dove right into grad school to escape the nightmares of the job market… But then I finished my Master’s program, and had to face it. Without that protective umbrella I felt exposed and uncertain about the best way to get my career started. Fortunately, the people I’d met throughout my years in college, undergrad internships, and my graduate program were great resources to me as I began mapping out my future. What surprised me the  most, however, was how much strangers would help me in my career. This was when I realized that my network is my golden ticket in life. Networking can be intimidating for a number of reasons: people are shy; they don’t know what … Read More

Wake Up!

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“It’s been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear– and that’s true. It is also true that when the student is ready, teachers appear everywhere.” -Ron & Mary Hulnick I hit a point in my early career where I felt completely empty. I was yearning for more in my life — particularly in my work. I wanted clarity, and I craved a mission. I had spent years chasing goals that looked sparkly on the outside, and with each accomplishment met, I hardly celebrated myself. It was as though I maintained an invisible to do list that never ended. If anything, these accomplishments only served as a discussion piece at dinner parties and DC cocktail hours, but I felt empty. I watched other achievers … Read More