How to Fight Back when Defeating Doubt Stops You Cold

“What’s your topic for our upcoming one on one meeting?” In a recent online class, the instructor emailed the question and the air froze in my lungs. It didn’t matter that I had been out of school for decades. Suddenly, I’m in the 7th grade, mind filled with a black void where my running mental commentary…

Surprisingly Simple Ways to Balance Devastating News

You only have to open your eyes in the morning to know that somewhere in the world something terrible has happened. Sometimes, bad news presses the panic button in us and we feel overwhelming sadness, fear or a persistent state of doom. You may feel as though you have no control over the constant assault…

Sailing into Fall

I wanted to let you know again that I really appreciate you coming by to read. We just had a major holiday weekend and I hope yours was pleasant, the people you spent it with were wonderful and you laughed lots, danced in the sun or played in the water. It’s been an exciting and…

Can A Positive Attitude Face Down Life’s Storms?

In the 21st century, some meteorologists are so accurate that can predict not only the storm but tell you the time it will begin to rain and when it will finish. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a personal meteorologist to predict the storms of our lives? “At such and such a time, you will…

It’s Easy for You [Part two]

Last week we left off with Callie, the young woman at the beginning of her adult life who discovered that she had choices. She wasn’t ready for marriage or the responsibility of raising a child. The father of the baby wanted to marry but didn’t want to work. Callie struggled with drinking and substance abuse and…

It’s Easy for You [Part One]

Maybe you’ve heard these, “It’s easy for you to _________ because ______.” “It’s easy for you to be fit you’ve always been healthy” “It’s easy for you to be positive, nothing bad ever happened to you.” “It’s easy for you to be happy, your life is all together.” Some people tend to judge our current state of…

The Gift of Loss

Written by Libby Taffin Sooner or later, life hands out a season of painful loss and change. There will come a time when the bottom seems to fall out of everything, and the feeling of plunging deep into a dark, dark pit seems uncontrollable. Much like a dream experienced in the depth of night that…

The Tongue of Life & Death

“How do you make the switch from a negative mindset to a positive one?” It begins with a simple process: awareness, reflection & rephrasing. 

A Thousand Miles

“The Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu In a recent article, I read people with positive attitudes are more likely to see an opportunity. Opportunity comes in many disguises. It usually looks like failure. It can come clothed as a bad turn of events. It can reveal itself in upheaval….

Can You Beat Rejection?

The Question: Have you ever noticed that a certain amount of fear goes with just about any change?  Whether it’s asking for a raise, quitting an old job or starting a new one, buying a home, beginning a new relationship, selling a car, or bringing home a new baby. There’s that “What have I done?”…

The Road Not Taken

I was very young the first time I heard the poem The Road Not Taken. At the time “a yellow wood” had little meaning, except in the context of fall. Mrs. Carpenter read the poem full of thoughtful meaning to a class of wriggly 6th graders who were more concerned about lunch or recess or…