Five Shades of Why: Getting to the Real Truth

Diving Board Beauty by Pearl Frush

Want to know why I think so many folks struggle with finding happiness? Because they spend most of their time living on the surface of their own life. They focus on the stuff they want, but never quite get down to the reason WHY they are wanting it. I hate to break it to you, […]

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Be Wise Enough to Change the Conversation

Bring a Girl for Ladies Home Journal by Jon Whitcomb 1952

I cut my teeth on the rules of polite southern hospitality. Whether you were the hostess or a guest, it was a responsibility in a social gathering to share sparkling anecdotes and witty conversations. The wisest, most charming, and well mannered folks knew when to change the conversation. Ladies (and real gentlemen) refrained from speaking of certain […]

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Summer Savoring: What’s the Rush, Buttercup?

summer picnic

It’s easy to look back on the summers of childhood and remember the boredom of long, hot days. The truth is, though, boredom was good for us. Boredom helps our minds to be creative: to think outside the box, be self-reliant,  and learn differently. No, we weren’t sitting in a classroom solving math problems, but […]

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Authenticity: Pitfall or Necessity for Life?

Advice on Authenticity (Art by Walter M Baumhofer)

Is it time to consider authenticity an unworthy goal? When the headline of an Op/Ed in the New York Times proclaims that “Being Yourself” is the worst advice ever, folks take notice. Especially when the author is well-respected author and professor perceived to be a thought-leader in the world of psychology and business. When a beloved icon […]

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Bullet Journal Tips (And Why It’s Saving Me)

Tips for Using a Bullet Journal

You may have heard the buzz in productivity circles about a concept called a “Bullet Journal“. It’s a great approach:  to shift from multiple apps, devices, planners, calendars, and slips of paper to track everything in one place. From the habits you desire to build to tracking appointments. From remembering to journal  to noting what […]

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Lessons Learned: Celebrating My 48th Birthday

Lessons Learned are Like Roses from My Year (Art by by Art Fraham)

It is the year 2016 and I am turning forty-eight. Every year at this time, I catalog the lessons I’ve learned in the previous year. I do this, not just to have the record of what lessons I learned, but also to serve as a reminder of what I am choosing: the continual evolution and growth into who […]

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Golf Can Show You How to Create a Life You Love

Charles Showalter Golf Beauty

One of the first pieces I wrote for this blog was about what I learned about life from my golf coach. There are so many things I love about golf, but I had forgotten how playing a round reminds me how I can continue to curate and cultivate my own life so that I love […]

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Congruency in the Office Propels Your Goals

Does Your Space Reflect Your Goals? Congruency is Key

In the summer of 1998, I had my very first Windows Vista computer and my own AOL account. I set it up at the end of our dining room table, dragged a twenty-foot phone cord from the living room over, and waited for the beep beep beep. By the time fall rolled around, we’d stored […]

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A Rabbit Hole: Climb Out & Be Even Stronger

The Rabbit Hole: How to Climb Out Stronger Than Ever (Art by Edwin Georgie)

After falling down the rabbit hole, first you triage yourself. It’s all about survival so that you don’t get mired in the muck. Yes, my dear, at first, you need to just do what you can to stop yourself from bleeding out or drowning. It’s an important step, but it’s also a stopgap. It’s what […]

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The Rabbit Hole: Emergency Care to Survive

Going Down a Rabbit Hole is Part of Being Human (art by Edwin Georgi)

Not only does a change in season seem to bring about the desire for opening the windows and starting fresh, all those desires to start fresh can bring up our stuff. And our minds, being the tricky little beasts they can be, can take one small little thing and begin to let it spiral until […]

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