• The Courage to Be Happy

    Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune to meet people who inspired me and challenged me to grow into who I am today. Asimenia was one of my high school teachers. She taught Greek literature and philosophy. She embodied everything a teacher and mentor should be. She was strong and inspiring and I adored her. During one of the most vulnerable times in my life, she…

  • Have a Stress-Free Morning

    How we begin our day can define how our day develops. Looking back through the years, I can see myself as a student, a corporate executive, a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, and a working-from-home mom. No matter what hat I wear, the rule applies . . . Stressful beginnings make for stressful days. The fact that humans are creatures of habit doesn’t help either. Over and…

  • Saying No and Meaning It!

    I never thought I had a problem saying no until I had kids. Along the way, I realized that my kids were born to not take no for an answer. It looked familiar . . . did they get that one from me? Nah!! It must have been a long lost relative or something. One could argue that not taking no for an answer is a good…

  • Time to Breathe: 3 Daily Habits

    Multi-tasking, for all its hype, is not what it was made out to be. The, work-until-you drop, system hasn’t paid off either. What good are you to anyone – including yourself – at the end of a long, non-stop day? You may not be ready for a dramatic change of pace, but what about experimenting with a few simple changes? What if you tried to: Remember that…

  • Get Over it: 9 Steps to Overcoming Self-Doubt

    Even the most confident and self-assured people are plagued by self-doubt at times. You may say . . .”I’m not the most confident and self-assured person to begin with.” Well, neither am I and neither are most of us. Doubt can show up every time we’re trying to make a decision, make a change, or head to a new direction. In good days, I think of self-doubt…

  • Expectations

    Expectations are inevitable. They point the way, help us make choices, pursue our dreams and recognize when we arrive at our destination. They serve as markers and define us. Of course, not all expectations lead to desirable outcomes. People let us down, life goes in directions other than we had hoped for, projects linger and fizzle and time lines stretch. It may be that our expectations are…

  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

    Always loved this title – don’t remember the movie very well but the title has stayed with me. It must be the idea of total clarity and panoramic view that I’m attracted to. A few years ago I took a trip to New Mexico and visited the cliffs of Puye. I remember standing on top of a cliff, outside a cave dwelling, looking out. The view was…

  • A Season of Renewal

    Spring is a time of transition and renewal. Rituals of clearing winter clutter and making room for growth are associated with the onset of warm weather. De-cluttering has always been one of my favorite mental health exercises. If you have ever taken the time to go through your files and get rid of all the paperwork you have collected throughout the years, you can relate to what…

  • Simplify

    “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life lies in eliminating the non-essentials.” Chinese Proverb. Living in balance is not about having a myriad balls in the air and doing all you can to not drop any. That’s not balance, that’s juggling. It’s like running uphill hoping your legs won’t give while you’re running…

  • The Art of Pausing

    “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein The more I work with people the more I see how caught up we are in an unforgiving pace of being. The art of pausing is lost in our to-do lists. We’ve all had the experience of going through a day and not…

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