Valentine’s Day – A Day of Generosity And Love

In the spirit of generosity, I’m sharing this previously published post. If you read it before, please share it with your friends to remind them to practice generosity every day. On Valentine's Day, instead of the usual flowers, cards and other sentiments we usually give to loved ones, what if we all practiced a different kind of generosity. What if we were extra kind to everyone we meet today? Valentine’s Day is most often thought of as a time to show love and affection to the people closest to us by bestowing them with flowers, chocolates, romantic dinners, notes and cards. This excerpt, from a blog post by Sasha Dichter, offers us another option to celebrate Valentine’s Day; Barely three days before Valentine’s Day, Sasha … [Read more...]

Jellybean Facts

What’s our fascination with jellybeans? Is it because they are colorful, super sweet and readily available for a quick sugar pick me up? Or is there something more to our attraction to jellybeans? Here are some interesting facts about jellybeans for you to ponder: • Jelly Beans were first introduced to the Easter scene in the 1930’s patterned after the popular Mid-eastern confection known as Turkish Delight. This was a popular egg shaped candy in America and sold primarily in glass jars that sat atop counters in stores all over the country. • Jellybeans became linked to the popular Easter Bunny after the Civil war as a forerunner to Easter. Eggs were considered a symbol of new life during the spring season and the two seemed … [Read more...]

Woman in the Mirror

The Woman in the Mirror poem appears in several versions.  While each is a little different, I have to give credit to those authors who have claimed ownership, including some “unknown authors”. The poem is also very similar to the message in the late Michael Jackson’s song “Man in the Mirror” where he says: "If you wanna make the world a better place Take a look at yourself and then make the change"   I found this version of the Woman in the Mirror hiding out in my quotes folder and want to share it with you. The Woman In The Mirror: Author Unknown When you get what you want in your struggle for self, And the world makes you Queen for a day. Just go to the mirror and look at yourself, and see what that woman has to … [Read more...]

Fear Bites the Dust [Video]

Fear is a tricky subject for me because there are so many other words that I use to disguise fear. I sometimes substitute the word procrastination for fear or tell myself things like "I'm waiting for the 'right' time, place or circumstance" before I make my move. Not true. Most of the time, when I make excuses for not doing something, It's really that I'm fearful of the outcome. That's the kind of fear that ultimately immobilizes me to the point of getting in my own way and giving up. In my  last post,  I'm Back from My Fear Trip,   I shared with you one of my fears.  For the next few weeks, 'll be sharing more on the subject of fear and transparency. In this short video,  I show you how another fear bites the dust.  Please … [Read more...]

Master the Art of Preparation

I was reminded of the concept of preparation recently when my husband, who is a chef, received his association magazine, Mise en Place (a French phrase for "put in place"). In the chef's world, the term means to organize the necessary tools and ingredients for the evening meal. When you master the art of preparation, you are not just focused on the details, outcome and possibilities.  While these things are important, preparation means that you have armed yourself with not only the necessary tools, resources and knowledge to get the job done but you are also prepared mentally and physically. Most of us think of preparation as the steps we take to get ready for an event or undertaking such as preparing for a party. We are usually well … [Read more...]

Check Your Judgment Meter

    Check your judgment meter before it's on empty. Good judgment is based on our ability to form an opinion objectively and with some knowledge and insight. However, often our judgments are based on everything except objectivity, knowledge or fact. This was certainly the case with me on a recent trip to the supermarket when I noticed a young woman on her cellphone. That day, my judgment meter was running on empty. One of the things that will drain my judgment meter is seeing someone talking on a cellphone in public places. It seems everywhere I look someone is on a cell phone. And I often judge them to be rude, inconsiderate and uncaring individuals. I have no interest in hearing the details of last night's … [Read more...]

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...]