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...]

Are You the Pilot or Passenger?

I'm sure a lot of you can agree that most of our behaviors, habits, decisions and responses stem from complex invisible patterns and experiences we've had within our families and society. And those experiences sometimes creates a false sense of who we really are. We become the passenger and not the pilot in our own lives. We continue to allow these familial beliefs, rituals and faulty messages to derail our dreams and prevent us from living joyful lives. Are You the Pilot or Passenger? A pilot is in charge of the instrumentation that paves the way for a smooth, safe journey. In other words, the pilot makes the decisions about how and when to react in unpredictable situations. She follows a specific flight pattern to get you safely to … [Read more...]

Speak and Live Your Truth

  "This above all: To thine own self be true, and it must follow - as the night the day - thou cans't not be false to any man." ~ From "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare   Speak and live your truth reminds me of the above quote... “to thine own self be true…” It's a clear  reminder to show up authentic every day and in every situation. It means that you are in touch with your true self without hidden agendas, masks of deception and distortions. A young man I know recently turned down a scholarship because he felt it wasn’t his true passion. He felt that the scholarship deserved to go to someone who was passionate about the opportunity. This young man is already standing in his truth. He knows what he wants and is not swayed … [Read more...]

Tap Into Your Inner Genie Through Journaling

  A journal can be your key transformation. Journal writing is a way to record your memories, thoughts, rants and raves and a way to tap into your inner guidance to reveal new ideas, thoughts and revelations. Within the pages of your journal, you can begin to know and express yourself freely. It doesn't take any special skills to journal. You don't need any special instructions and there's no right or wrong way to journal. All you need is pen and paper. Over the years, I have written in numerous journals at various times in my life. I have gratitude journals, travel journals, daily journals and recently a "bucket list journal". The interesting thing about journals is that you can revisit them and discover how your thoughts, … [Read more...]

Let go of Ego to Reveal the Real You

  "Ego is simply an idea of who you are that you carry around with you." ~Wayne Dyer~ The Latin word for “I” is Ego and often used in English to mean "self", "the self", "self-concept", "false self", "conceptual identity", or identification with individual existence or your soul. Ego is also defined as the part of you that is your “innermost self”, “self-esteem” or “the opinion one has of him/her self.  These opinions can create a disparity between the real you and what you have been taught to believe about yourself. Your ego feeds your desire to be accepted, acknowledged, loved, and valued born out of your connections with others – society, family and culture. While connections with others is important, it is equally important … [Read more...]

[video] Go For Your Dreams! – It’s Never too Late

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Age, circumstances, obstacles or challenges need not stop you from doing the things that inspire you. Watch this video to see how a 55-year old grandmother had the courage to pursue her dream. http://youtu.be/xtX3bI_KB6I Your dream might not be to audition for the Dallas cheerleaders but no matter what dream you have, remember dreams have no expiration date. What dream have you deferred? I would love for you to share your comments. Go for your Dreams - It's never too late!       Gladys M. Anderson is a certified life coach, licensed marriage & family therapist, consultant, workshop facilitator and author of the soon to be published book, “Master the … [Read more...]

10 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

  "A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same." - Author Unknown   The second Sunday in May is the day designated to honor mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds. It’s the one official day where mothers are remembered, celebrated, honored and pampered. Most of us have been influenced and guided by our Mothers. Their wisdom, encouragement, inspiration and support have shaped us in untold ways. It's been said that mothers are the first and most important teachers in a child's life. Although my mom is no longer with me, I find comfort in remembering her words of wisdom.  So, in honor of all the mothers who teach … [Read more...]

Living Consciously – Every Day!

Would You Like to Live More Consciously - Every Day? This new book shows you how I've recently become aware of a new inspirational, uplifting and empowering book for women to live consciously and I want you to have access to it as well. I’d like to share with you not one, but forty-seven inspiring women who have courageously chosen to share their stories so that you have company and a guiding force on your journey of life. These are remarkable stories of living consciously in relationship, career, wellness and spirituality. They will speak to your heart and soul and, as you read, you may see yourself in their words. You’ll be moved to live more consciously as you move through your life and you’ll get more fulfillment and … [Read more...]

The Living Quilt

I've always been fascinated with the patterns, colors and designs in quilts.  Quilt making is one of the things on my to-do-list and it's inching its way closer to the top of the list.  I've taken the first step already and enrolled in a quilting class starting in a few weeks! The intricate patterns of a skillfully woven quilt depict stories of struggles, joys, celebrations, messages, challenges and endings very similar to the days of our lives.  We weave in and out of connections daily, giving little thought to the impressions we make on others, or how others affect us.  If we take the time to be honest with ourselves, our interactions with others would certainly take us on a different journey. African history tells us of oral … [Read more...]

Silent Agreements You Make With Yourself

An agreement is defined as  coming to a mutual arrangement, the state of being in accord or an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction. There are many types of agreements that we enter into such as a legal contract, an agreement to provide a service or product or an agreement to give or do a favor for someone and then there are the silent agreements we make with ourselves. Silent agreements rob you of your voice and power and often guide you into making decisions that are counterproductive to your true wishes. Silent agreements are the unspoken rules and beliefs that you internalize about how, why and what things you allow to influence you.  These agreements are not legal or binding.  No one has forced, persuaded … [Read more...]