If you are anything like the rest of us, motivation ebbs and flows in your life like waves lapping the sand on a beach. At the start of a new… Read more »
In December of last year I wrote about my experience zip-lining in St. Lucia and how facing my fear of heights had opened me up to new experiences, gave me… Read more »
Today I was given an unexpected gift in the form of a day off work due to severe storms and a tornado watch in our area. We take our tornado… Read more »
I’m sure everyone remembers the schoolyard chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This mantra was taught to us at a young age… Read more »
You know that feeling you get when you spend all day craving the leftovers you have at home in the fridge? You think about them, mouth watering, anticipation growing as… Read more »
Here it is March 1st and I bet some of you are already saying, “Where is this year going?!” I have to admit that 2016 was probably the fastest year I… Read more »
Hello friends and happy February! The month of women’s heart health awareness (Go Red For Women), National Wear Red Day on February 3, and a day to show your love… Read more »
Sometime last year I was browsing the self-help section of my favorite used bookstore, McKay, when I stumbled across a book called A Complaint Free World by Unity Minister Will Bowen…. Read more »
Like most people, I look forward to the start of a new year with positive hopes for the future and ideas for what I’d like to do differently in my… Read more »
A few weeks ago my husband Scott and I went on a week long cruise to the Caribbean with 18 of our closest friends and family members. Before the cruise, we did a conference call with two of Scott’s cousins to plan our shore excursions and get them booked online. After reading over the many options, it was decided that all three guys wanted to do the canopy tour and zip line adventure in St. Lucia. Immediately a feeling of dread filled my chest. Just the thought of careening wildly, high above the ground, strapped to a thin wire made me want to throw up. I am afraid of heights!!!
Recently, my husband and a couple of his songwriting friends wrote a funny song about relatives coming to stay at Christmastime. It was totally tongue-in-cheek and instead of singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” they changed the lyric to “Let it go, let it go, let it go!” This got me thinking about all the things I’ve carried with me through this year that I might need to let go, let go, let go in the new year.
Congratulations! You have made it to Gratitude Challenge Day #5! You are just one comment away from being entered into the drawing for the 52 Lists For Happiness Journal. At the… Read more »
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone spends the day with family and friends enjoying some great food and time spent with those you love. Here’s what we are grateful for this… Read more »
Happy to see you are all hanging in there for Day #3 of our gratitude challenge! I’ve really enjoyed getting up each morning early and cultivating some gratefulness to start… Read more »
Happy to be here for Day #2 of our Gratitude Challenge! I enjoyed reading all the comments and can’t wait to read what you are grateful for today. I am already… Read more »
Welcome to the first day of our 2nd Annual Gratitude Challenge! Here’s how to win: For the week of Thanksgiving – Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25 – we… Read more »
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about advice and how it can change your life in unexpected ways. Even the smallest piece of advice, both if ignored or taken to heart and followed to the letter, can send you in a completely different direction, guiding events and altering the course of your life in magical or sometimes disastrous ways. Here are a few examples of pieces of advice, both large and small, that looking back on them now I realize changed my life.
The attitude of millenials seems to be a hot topic of conversation these days. I hear my friends and colleagues complaining about Generation Y’s lack of drive, constant need for approval, and entitlement mentality. It has me pondering the era in which I was raised and how it has affected my view of the world. As a child spending my formative and teenage years in the 1980’s, what was I taught about work ethic, motivation, and success? It was definitely an outlook that has shaped my life in ways I’m only just coming to understand.
One of my cherished daily rituals (besides sleeping late!) is my morning walk with the dogs around our little 5-acre farm. I wear my favorite slip-on gardening shoes (Sloggers – look these up if you have never heard of them – super comfortable and adorably cute designs), bask in the early morning sunshine coming up over the trees, feel the cool breeze caress my face, and breathe in deeply the smells of fresh cut grass, honeysuckle, and magnolia that make spring in the South so wonderfully enchanting.
How many times have we been told to focus hard on making a big change? Break it down into small steps! Write out a plan! Focus on creating a habit every day for three months and it will stick with you!! Blah, blah, blah. We’ve heard it a million times, but how often has it “stuck” for you? For me, not too often. So, imagine my surprise yesterday in my tennis lesson when I realized I had made a change to something I had been wanting to improve without focusing directly on it. I had improved my attitude about a small thing by looking at the bigger picture, not the smaller steps.