What Influences You Every Day

What influences you every day? When I was first asked this question years ago I gave some very typical answers. My response was that I had been influenced by inspiring and influential authors whose books I had read at that time. Authors like Napoleon Hill, Og Mandino, Norman Vincent Peale, Don Miguel Ruiz and Louise Hay. Other influences I was …

Remembering Those Who…

Remembering those who …served, saved, were kind, generous and loving, and who inspired us in some special way. There are so many good things to remember, and so many wonderful people to recall memories of in our lives. Especially at this time of year our focus turns to all those who gave their lives in service to our country and …

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder and Trauma

Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as SAD, is a condition many people suffer with once the shorter days are upon us in the fall and winter of the year. Many people are not aware that the frustrating symptoms they are experiencing can be linked to an actual medical diagnosis of SAD, and can be easily treated. Check with your …

Failure – Does It Shame You or Guide You

Many people have grown up with the belief that failure is a bad thing; a reflection of who you are. That is not true. “Failure is an event, never a person.”  William D. Brown Feelings of shame, uselessness and humiliation often arise when something in your life happens, or you attempt to do something, that makes you feel as if …

What Can Coaching Do for You

This is a question I get asked often; “What can coaching do for me?” Curiosity is a great attribute to have. Asking questions about something you’re not familiar with can expand your wealth of knowledge, and often offer surprises you may not have considered. I first heard about life coaching back in 2007 when a couple of young women at …

Gratitude for Rainy Days and Other Things

Rainy days are wonderful occasions on which to exercise gratitude. Why? Several years ago someone asked me “Where do you get to live if you don’t ever get rainy days?’ The answer is; you get to live in a desert. Think about that for a moment. Speaking for myself, I love green grass, trees, flowers, and farmers’ fields full of …

Thanksgiving and Gratefulness

Thanksgiving is that special time of year where we focus a bit more on being grateful for all that we have, and for giving thanks for our many blessings. So far, this year has been a difficult one, on many levels. When listening to the news media gratefulness can easily be replaced by shock, horror, and more questions than you’ll …

Attitude – Your Personal Marketing

Your attitude is to your face and body as a marketing department is to a company. Your attitude communicates a great deal of information to others about who you are and how you are choosing to navigate in the world. We form our attitudes every day from the ways in which we think about ourselves, other people in our lives, …

Grief and Tragedy are Hard Parts of Life

It’s true. Grief is hard to deal with. Grieving can take a lot of time, energy, and require serious self-care. Many times I’ve heard it said that the more you love someone the harder the journey of grieving can be. In the last two and a half years I have gained a lot of experience in the process of grieving. …

Can You Identify Your Real Feelings

Are you able to identify, and give a name to, your real feelings when they occur to you? In the name of expediency our language has suffered. We live in a world that is fast moving, and it can be very challenging to keep up, with jobs, family, friends and self-care. Who has time to sort out a specific word …