Hopes for 2021

Noccalula Falls (Gadsden, Alabama)

I hope you’re able to find peace in the quiet moments. When you’re making your first cup of coffee in the morning, staring out the window while washing dishes, or getting ready for bed. There are moments in life where we’ll feel exhilarated. Sometimes we’ll feel really sad, and sometimes we’ll distract ourselves from our feelings. But it’s in the quiet moments where we need to be able to find peace and contentment. Meditation has helped me with this so much.

I hope you’re able to go easy on yourself. Living a simple, happy life is okay…


To say 2020 has been a challenging year is an understatement, and for many of us, just having acknowledged that we survived will be as much of a retrospective as we need. For others, though, there may still be a desire to earmark some time for some annual reflection. I hope the following questions help to reveal some insights for you and help you to build healthy, happy workplaces in 2021 and beyond.

When things were great

  • How did you celebrate team members? What kinds of things were team members celebrated for? …


I’ve been a part of companies that had great values, and I’ve been a part of others where the values were lackluster. For the former, values were often cited in meetings, brought up when making critical business decisions, and easily recited by staff on the spot. For the latter, the values lived on a buried wiki page or a lost document, and they were only referenced by company leaders in rare situations.

Having experienced for myself the profound impact meaningful values can have on teams, I jumped at the opportunity to work with the staff at LIV, a mixed reality…


The world is a stage, and we are the main character in our own story. The people in our lives are watching us from the stands; staring at us, cheering for us, and seeing our life unfold. Friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, the clerk at the supermarket, our high school math teacher, and the person that you sat next to on the bus once are all there. Some of them will only be watching for a few acts, while some will see your entire story played out from start to end.

Many of us, as main characters, spend a lot of…


The Blue Ridge Mountains, as photographed from the side of a back road in Virginia during my February 2020 weekend trip.

I floated on my back in the hotel’s indoor poor and stared up at the dull, off-white ceiling. The stench of chlorine and the slightly-too-warm water were off-putting, but I was relaxed. A radio station playing top hits buzzed somewhere in the distance; apart from that, the room was very still. I had the entire pool to myself.

I had escaped to the mountains of east Tennessee for a last-minute weekend trip in the wake of an unexpected, painful break-up. Over the last two days, I had explored art museums, rooftop bars, Christmas tree farms, state parks, and — now…


Why am I nervous? Why can’t I just be brave? Why can’t I always be confident? It’s easy for me to look in the mirror and wish for a better version of myself — one without the insecurities and flaws that I carry around all the time. Though I’m well on my way to addressing these insecurities, healing always takes longer than one would like. On the other hand, it also seems like healing happens at just the right time.

Over the summer, I spent a day kayaking down the Flint River with a group of co-workers and friends. We…


I had been packing up my belongings for days; the movers would arrive before the week was over. It had been weeks since I had a meaningful conversation with any human being. I spent my days alone, separating our belongings and putting what felt like “mine” in cardboard boxes. I spent my nights alone in our master bedroom. It was my ultimate low.

By the time I started pulling my items from our kitchen shelves, we had run out of gallon-sized plastic bags. This made packing up the dozens of magnets on the fridge terribly difficult. We had a few…

Brianna Clark

Mindfulness fan, Leadership consultant, and the VP of Operations at LIV. Fan of all things creative.

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