Women in Wisdom – Gertrude Bell, British Archaeologist, Explorer, Writer and Mountaineer

Gertrude Bell was truly a woman of wisdom. I learned about her when I interviewed Andrina Lever (See Part Two of her interview). A biography of Gertrude Bell, The Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach, profoundly impacted Lever, and Bell is one of the five people that she listed as wanting to meet. Gertrude Bell was a woman ahead of her time, and someone we can learn a tremendous deal from. The biographies are meant to expand your general knowledge, and also give you a great conversation starter at cocktail parties. Gertrude Bell was a restless … [Read more...]

What I Learned From Self-Imposed Limits

Image via Wikipedia Are we hardwired to automatically place limits on ourselves? We set limits on our earning potential, on how much we can accomplish in life. We are either too young or too old, have too much or too little education and the reasons go on and on about why we cannot do something. Many of us suffer from excusitis. And, I was no different until I started to pay close attention to the stories I tell myself about why I did not honor commitments to myself. Setting limits have been around for a long time. Take the popular story Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, in recent versions of the story there are only three wishes … [Read more...]