• 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…

  • Life Lessons My Garden Taught Me

    It snowed today – a lot! The storm picked up momentum as the day went on. I found myself drawn to the window often. I couldn’t see the garden. I know there is life there – under the thick blanket of snow. The garden has already started preparing for its showy comeback. We are getting close now. Gardening is one of the ways I express myself creatively.…

  • Observing Life

    It’s been three months since my last entry. Life happened and I found myself in need of a retreat. As a dear friend once suggested: “Maybe it’s time to do just what’s in front of you; chop wood, carry water and let the world go by.” Every so often, I need to do just that. So, I focused on my family, my closest friends and my work…

  • A healthy Life; If Not Now When?

    I was talking to a young woman yesterday. She is twenty-four years old, very bright, beautiful, and a genuine mover and shaker. She had just changed jobs and we were talking about her process. I shared my experience of climbing the corporate ladder only to find out – as I was turning forty – that I wasn’t willing to keep paying the price for corporate success. Living…

  • More Thoughts on Procrastination

    Procrastination is a fact of life! Whether it’s the piles of paper on your desk waiting to be dealt with, the phone call you dread returning, or the doctor appointment you avoid making, there are seven basic reasons for procrastination. 1. You don’t like the nature of the task and you consider it a waste of  time. The task maybe boring or time consuming and you just…

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