Category Archives: Make Some Room (the book)


In June of this year, I gave the morning keynote talk at the Western Women’s Business Center’s annual conference. I spoke about my Grand Canyon trip, which also inspired my fourth book Make Some Room, and how I learned to


Strange magic has been happening in business land for me and things have taken a decidedly different turn this year. Here’s what’s been happening: 1. I lost interest in writing after I published my fourth book this summer. I don’t know

rafting the French Broad River


“You did what?!?” is usually what people say after I’ve just told them about my most recent adventure in getting miles outside of my comfort zone. See, my husband Nelson and I just spend 13 days rafting the entire

busy is a bullshit word in grand canyon


Busy is a bullshit word. Stop saying it. Choose to say something real. While we were on the river, navigating rapids especially, there were times when we were fast, furious, and focused. We did what we had to do

#UNPLUG quiet morning in the Canyon


Reclaim your nights and weekends. #UNPLUG   After our Grand Canyon trip, Nelson and I returned home to a mountain of mail. Lots of junk, too many credit card offers (feh!), and a bill or three. My favorite part

Vulcans Anvil by Jenni Miehle


Laugh often and loudly There’s a thing that everyone waits for on a rafting trip through Grand Canyon. That thing is big, gnarly, and gives pause to even the most experienced oarsmen. That thing is Lava Rapid. Lava is


Be bold. Be brave. Take action. Even if you’re scared shitless while doing it. I always joke that I was designed for comfort, not for speed. Whitewater terrifies me because of the speed at which things happen. A few


Be discerning about where you spend your energy (reading, doing, watching, eating). My husband Nelson and I are both self-employed. When our friends approached us in January of 2013 to ask us if we wanted to claim two seats


Take the time, get quiet, feel into it. Immerse yourself. Grand Canyon is a harsh place, full of extremes, but is also a place of profound beauty. Part of the magic of such an immersive trip as the Grand

Lots of stuff Grand Canyon


Getting organized is work. Staying organized is habit. On any epic trip, but especially on Grand Canyon trips, there’s so much to organize and plan: Gear (backpacks, sleeping gear, boats, etc.) Food Emergency equipment People (and in some cases