25 Quotes to Spark “Aha” Moments

          For years, I’ve collected inspirational quotes that elicit and spark those illusive "‘aha" moments. Here are some of my favorite quotes. I hope you enjoy then as much as I do. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. —Napoleon Hill Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. —Phil McGraw Be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. —Marcel Proust The purpose of life is to live it to taste experience to the utmost to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences —Eleanor Roosevelt Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes … [Read more...]

Self Awareness is Key to Empowerment

  Self awareness is the key to preventing the emotional drama that guides your reactions to situations and other people. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, thoughts and feelings is a big step towards knowing who you really are. Without such knowledge, we end up vulnerable, frustrated, inauthentic, unmotivated and often unsuccessful in achieving our dreams. Here are some quick self awareness tips to motivate and inspire you:   Slow down  Have you ever noticed how fast you breathe when you are rushed or in a hurry to get somewhere?  Most of us rarely engage in mindful breathing and consequently we are in a state of anxiety most days. Learn to notice your breathing by setting aside a few minutes each … [Read more...]

Celebrate International Women’s Day Every Day

March 8th is the day designated to Celebrate International Women's Day - a global day of celebration to inspire and honor and support the achievements of women throughout the world. In some countries, the day is an official holiday where children bestow gifts to mothers and grandmothers. While it's nice to receive gifts, how else can you celebrate International Women's Day? Here are a few ideas: Take time for self-care While celebrating the great accomplishments of other women throughout the world, remember to celebrate YOU by taking time to relax and consider YOUR accomplishments. Make a list of your accomplishments, treat yourself to a massage, buy yourself a bouquet of flowers, indulge in your favorite food, or write a thank … [Read more...]

5 Audacious Agreements that Empower

Unlike written or verbal contracts we make to provide a service or product, sometimes we make agreements with ourselves and other people that we are not even aware we made. And, when our expectations fall short of our desired outcome, we become angry, disillusioned, frustrated and confused. For example, you may live with an unspoken agreement that conflict is to be avoided at all cost by not speaking up when there is a disagreement or difference of opinion. You may soon discover that avoiding conflict never gets anything resolved – just shoved under the proverbial rug. Instead of going with the flow and operating from agreements that limit, define and get in the way of being your true self, here are 5 audacious agreements that empower … [Read more...]

Show More Generosity on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is most often thought of as a time to show your love and affection to the people closest to you by bestowing them with flowers, chocolates, romantic dinners, notes and cards. I recently discovered this excerpt from a blog post about another unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day: Barely three days before Valentine’s Day last year, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer for Acumen Fund, decided to convert his month-long “Generosity Experiment” into a global Generosity Day. The idea was simple: to reclaim Valentine’s Day from the clutches of commercialization and turn it into a day of “sharing love with everyone.” I had never heard of this idea before but I think it’s a novel answer to the over … [Read more...]

A Dream Deferred

Black history month is celebrated in February to bring attention to some of the world's greatest African American poets, writers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. As we pay tribute to these talented artists, I want to share with you one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes. His poem, "Harlem" (also known as A Dream Deferred) was the title of a  play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry and debuted on Broadway in 1959.  A Dream Deferred is a short poem but it's filled with deep introspection and thoughtful questions.    If you're not familiar with the poem, I'll share it here: What happens to a dream deferred?       Does it dry up       like a raisin in the sun?       Or fester like a sore—       And then … [Read more...]

Make Commitments Not Resolutions

At the beginning of a new year, most of us focus our attention on how we can make meaningful changes in our daily lives (e.g., wipe the slate clean and start afresh) by changing some aspect of who we are - what we do, how we do things, when we do certain things and exploring why we act and respond in the ways we do. You may call this process of introspection as making a new years resolution or you may call it something else. I prefer to look at this process as making a commitment rather than a resolution. The beginning of 2013 is the perfect time to refocus, think deeply and make a commitment to be the real you. I believe a commitment is stronger than a resolution because you are the central character and the commitment is a pledge or … [Read more...]

Holidays Wishes For You

Warmest thoughts and wishes for your happiness this holiday season … [Read more...]

Let’s Do Something About Sandy Hook

In light of the tragic events that happened in Newtown, CT this post is different from what I usually write about. Please bear with me as I try to make sense of this senseless tragedy. On Friday December 14, 2012, the lives of twenty children and 6 adults brutally ended when a shooter armed with an assault rifle entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Among those killed was a 6-year old angel, Ana – the daughter of Nelba and Jimmy Greene. I’m sure Friday morning was like any other school day. Parents lovingly deposited their children in what they thought was a safe, secure environment. By mid morning, the scene was anything but idyllic. No bright yellow school buses stood  waiting. No throng of … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

This is the time we seriously start thinking about holiday gift giving. If you're like me, you look for economical, practical and meaningful gifts for your family and friends. And with the gift giving season fast approaching, you too might be looking for gift giving ideas like the ones here. Most of these ideas are affordable and can be ordered on line or purchased locally.  Ordering on line from reputable companies can save you tons of time and can be easy on your wallet. When you are planning your holiday shopping, consider some of these inexpensive holiday gift giving ideas: A gel pen for writing notes and cards. Everybody loses a pen once in a while and for those of us who write a lot, an extra pen is always appreciated. … [Read more...]