Never Give Up Following Your Dream

Small startups can be slow and frustrating. But by staying true to your vision and watching your words, you can reap unexpected rewards.

Chasing the Blues Away: 9 Ideas to Lift Your Spirits

Have you ever had days that you just felt blue? Your transmission blows out, you overspend, you’re out of coffee, get a bad review, someone gets the job you want or maybe for no reason you have a pervasive feeling of sadness you just can’t shake. Sometimes it’s too many cloudy days, maybe a bad…

The Big Pay Off of Small Sacrifices

Aaron was working a full-time job as a sound engineer when he decided to pursue his interest in audiobook narration. He had a great deal of recording studio experience doing voice-overs, commercials, and even a few local audiobook narrators. Coupled with his deep love of books, audiobook narration seemed a natural outgrowth of two loves….

When I find a good thing

It wasn’t that long ago that I shared a review with you about a J!GMO digital voice recorder. But when I find a great product, I can’t keep it all to myself. The newest J!GMO JVR-31 comes in a nice sturdy box pressed into form-fitting foam to keep the unit from getting damaged in shipment….

Recasting Inglorious Moments

Like most people, I like to find a groove and pretty much stay there. When I feel moved to do so, when all the stars align just so, maybe learn something new. And, like most people, I’m comfortable sticking to a pretty sedate routine. Then suddenly, I found myself catapulted into an unfamiliar situation I didn’t…

Special Delivery: An answer can be life changing

Have you ever watched a flower delivery in progress? A floral arrangement makes a grand entrance and is carried with such a sense of purpose. They make a statement, attract attention, and you can’t help but watch them go by.  We may not even see the person holding them, just the flowers. He (or she) walks in…

The Beginning is Near

Karen was a vibrant and passionate young woman until she began suffering from debilitating migraines. They often hit out of nowhere and when they did, she would spend days in a darkened room immobilized, sleeping or waiting for them to pass. Medications barely made a dent in the pain. Additionally, Karen’s home life was painful….

The Rarified Air of Celebrity

Recently, some local magazines interviewed my husband regarding a play that he’s directing. I’m happy for him. It’s his first musical in years, and he’s thrilled to pieces with the cast. And while he’s having a great time, there are a few of them just as enamored to be working along-side someone of his decades-long experience….

The Faith to Leap

April worked part-time at an on-site gig with people she liked, but she didn’t dig every part of the job. She had managed to pinpoint exactly the problem: her clients had insisted on using old-school techniques but expected better results than she could possibly deliver with them. After a year, April knew she had to…

The Greatness in a Seed

Some years ago, when I lived in the country, I planted a garden. At the time, I wanted my daughter to see how amazing a garden can be. To watch vegetables evolve. To witness seeds sprouting, growing into frail seedlings become strong plants fruit-bearing plants. We rented a farmhouse and the landlord pointed out a nearby…

Getting Your Self-Talk Straight

How is your New Year starting out? Are you making progress on your goals? Whether you’re succeeding or failing, what is your self-talk? Self-talk is what you say to yourself about yourself. The inner dialog that you believe about you. People can be kind and loving toward others, but when it comes to themselves, not so much….

Are You Making Room for Big Rocks?

Priorities determine how far we get in life. Imagine with me if you will, an empty glass jar. Next to it are three fist-sized rocks, river stones, pebbles, sand, and a cup of tea. The jar represents our day. If we pour into our jar a lot of sand, which represents all the small stuff,…