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,…

What Will You Learn by Doing the Hard Thing?

Talking with a friend over dinner recently, we reminisced about the days when we were fireballs. We were fearless and felt invincible. Hard things didn’t scare us. In my 20s if someone dared me to do something I did it mostly because they dared me. Not because I’d thought through all the possible repercussions. I’ve also…

Inspired Culture

Lately, my kitchen lately looks less like a place for dinner prep and more like a science lab. I blame it on my sister, Anita, who shared her recent health benefit discovery of cultured (fermented) foods. She shot over a recipe and after looking at it, I realized I had everything in my fridge to…

Staying on Task When Life Threatens to Derail You.

Spinning your wheels trying to get everything done in your day? Decrease frustration and increase productivity with these simple tips. We all have those days that we planned to accomplish a lot only to discover the time got hoovered away by some unforeseen event. It isn’t your fault if a water pipe bursts, your kids…

Are You Heading for a Health Meltdown?

Hello, there! Thanks for hanging with me while I was away. It’s wonderful to be back. I’ve got some life-changing discoveries to share with you! When my 26-year-old daughter, Sam, and I discussed my being part of her postpartum recovery, my days were already full. Two part-time jobs, a freelance business, a husband and mentoring…

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…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

You can’t reap a harvest if you don’t plant. But, that isn’t the only thing that can prevent your harvest.

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…

Dwell in Possibility

Dwell in Possibility. ~Emily Dickinson Ever since I heard this saying, I have felt a kinship to it. It begs for dreamers. It takes the lid off limited thinking. It lets us linger in the land of what-if. Consider this: much of the technology that we comfortably now use every day seemed impossible 75 years…

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….

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…