Life can get so busy that it can seem that it’s happening without us, but we should remember that space and focus create intentional evolution. This episode talks about how space and focus nurtures growth.

Over the holiday, I had time to see virtual friends I made during the pandemic, high school friends, my old English teacher, and of course my friends and family in person! I had a long drive and decided to make the occasion even more special by bringing my dog Trooper along. It was Trooper’s first long trip!

I’m here to spend quality, solo time with you for EP62’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. My recent adventure with my puppy Trooper is an example of how space and focus gave us an opportunity for growth. Since I have an intention to travel with my dogs, I knew that ten month old Trooper needed more experience to reach his full potential in our family pack. Taking Trooper along with me for the holidays allowed me to give Trooper focused attention and space to develop into being a good travel companion.

On our Wise Walk, I tie together the connection between my and Trooper’s development and ways we can show up for personal evolution in our own lives. Listen as I touch on creating opportunities for new challenges, building space to grow, and managing attention to be present in the journey.

During this conversation, I share how to give yourself space to nurture something that is calling you to reflect on these Wise Walk questions and more:

      • What is calling you, and have you given yourself the space to nurture that side of you?
      • How are you intentionally creating focus to nurture that side of you?
      • How are you managing space and focus so you can go after what’s in your heart?

Everything in life is about noticing our feelings and our choices that are available to us, then taking action based on that heart-centered alignment. We hit our True Stride when we stay connected to our Heart Value.

If you want to understand where you can cultivate space and focus for yourself, tune in to hear these Wise Walk questions:

      • How are you preparing to fully step into the space you create for yourself?
      • What is inspiring your intentional evolution?

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In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:53] – Mary Tess reflects on the choices of making space for Trooper to get comfortable being a traveling dog.

[04:52] – Mary Tess says that Trooper’s great response to a new environment gave her more confidence about future trips.

[07:05] – Here are the questions for this episode’s Wise Walk.

[08:14] – Trooper is like a goofy, fun-loving teenager and is still learning proper companion skills.

[09:52] – What did Mary Tess need to do to provide extra space and focus for Trooper?

[12:28] – Changes in Trooper’s behavior are noticeable. Trooper matured.

[14:00] – Mary Tess shares how space and focus helped her shift from corporate America to being an author.

[16:49] – Mary Tess expresses her thoughts about taking on podcasting and connecting with Striders.

[18:29] – Thank you for listening!


Memorable Quotes:

  • “By ‘space’, I mean what are you willing to let go of, or stop doing, or release so that you have the space to give yourself the focus and attention that deserves where you want to go.” – Mary Tess
  • “Space and focus create intentional evolution.” – Mary Tess


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