No one knows everything about everything

Everything we know, we’ve learned somehow – by watching, hearing, reading about, and/or doing. Being a lifelong learner is good for your health and happiness. It helps keep you engaged in the world, so ask questions, research, and keep learning. Being a beginner can be awkward because you’re figuring things out as you go. You Read More …

Choose belief over doubt

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford. So often, we give up before we start. We list reasons why something won’t work. It saves us the trouble of trying and keeps us from risking failure. But how can we get past that? How can we open our minds to Read More …

Be the gatekeeper of your joy

When I get upset about someone else’s inconsiderate behavior, like cutting me off on the highway or going to the “15 items or Less” aisle with a cartload full of groceries, I’m giving someone else power over me. I’m giving up my joy. I know I need to be the gatekeeper of my joy and Read More …

Where you look is where you’ll go

A few years back I took a bad spill from my mountain bike. The crash left me with bruised and bloody knees. It hurt, but while it wasn’t a pleasant experience, it helped me realize something important: Where you look is where you’ll go.  Cycling baggage I’ve never been very good at things on wheels. Skateboards, bicycles, Read More …

What you do matters

“I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” ~ Edward Everett Hale There’s so much going on in the world right now. Watching five minutes of the news is enough to make you feel uncertain and discouraged. The issues are huge. Bigger than huge. In fact, world-famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, recently predicted the human 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 …

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 …

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 …