You have to start somewhere

When you start something new, your first attempt might be rough and awkward. It may not look like much. Don’t give up. Nothing’s perfect the first time around. You have to start somewhere. Think of it as a first draft. Ernest Hemingway once said: The first draft of anything is sh**. Think of a song, a book, Read More …

Let negativity roll off your back

Negative and insensitive comments that can be hurtful and leave you doubting yourself and feeling stupid. Little jabs like: “Are you wearing that?” “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” “You can’t/won’t be able to do ________ .” “Can you try to pay attention, for once?” Off-handed remarks can float around in our heads for a Read More …

Choose the Opportunity of Now

My husband introduced me to a website wolframalpha.com “an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge”. The website provides facts – quantifiable facts. It doesn’t provide opinions or recommendations. Interesting information Type in Chicago, Illinois and you’ll get Chicago’s population statistics, current weather and time, income statistics, demographics, and more. Put in today’s date and Read More …

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season (even though Summer doesn’t really start until late June). In the old days, school was out by Memorial Day and didn’t start again until after Labor day. As a kid, that’s all this holiday was about for me. The beginning of summer. But, of course, it’s so much more. Read More …

Be Good to Yourself

Be good to yourself. It’s a simple concept. It means treat yourself with love, consideration, and kindness. Be understanding and forgiving towards yourself. The concept is simple, but not always easy. What does it mean? “Good people” are kind, supportive, considerate, and generous. They help us feel positive about ourselves and about life. They’re like a warm blanket Read More …

Strive for progress, not perfection

Is it really okay to be less than perfect when you’re working toward a goal? Like when you’re ready to take better care of yourself and improve your confidence and overall happiness. You may commit to eating more nutritious food, exercising more consistently, practicing daily gratitude, journaling, or any number of other healthy activities. They’re simple, but Read More …

5 Ways to Get Past Regret

What would you do differently if you had a do-over? Something you said, something you did? Everyone messes up sometimes. It’s normal to look back with regret. And that awful, terrible feeling of regret can stick around for a while. But regret keeps you in the past and you: wish you’d have done/said/acted differently. think/talk about Read More …

Give and receive the gift of encouragement

While out shopping the other day, a woman approached me and said, “I love your hair. It’s so natural.” (referring to my gray hair) She said, “I wish I had the courage to do that.” Her words stayed with me. She said she didn’t have the courage to do it. But how does a person gain courage? How Read More …

Run your own race

I’d never been a runner, even though I’d always wanted to run. I thought running was not something I was able to do because every time I tried I gasped for air and felt like I’d pass out.  But I decided to give running another try. Nothing about it was easy for me. I was slow Read More …

Mindset Monday – Attitude is everything

Years ago I had a well-paying but unfulfilling job. Every day, every hour of every day was difficult. I felt like I belonged someplace else, doing something other than what I was doing. The daily grind and long hours made me feel I had very little control over my day to day experience. I wanted to Read More …