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...]

Escape the Responsibility Trap

Are you feeling confused, trapped and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless "responsibility trap" that zaps your time and energy? Have you ever found yourself saying? "I don't have time for me" "I have to take care of everything or it won't get done" "I feel guilty when I say "no" "Something or someone always gets in the way of me taking time for myself" If you've said or thought any of the above, you are not alone! Our lives become unmanageable when we don’t you fully understand the differences between responsibility and choice. Responsibility means you have some control or authority over a situation or another person. Choice means you have options and the right to make decisions based on what you … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Boost Confidence

                      Have you ever watched a self-confident woman enter a room? Did you notice the purposeful walk, the smile that says "I'm here in all my glory" without seeming cocky or boastful? Did you also notice how she seemed to look into the eyes of everyone she passes with a genuine greeting and smile? Did you pay attention to how she seemed to focus intently on the person she was talking to? Have you ever witnessed someone like that woman and wondered "how does she come across so confident"? "What's her secret"? Confident people make mistakes – they admit to it; they know who they are - warts and all. When an end result is uncertain, … [Read more...]

Make Room in Your Life

                        This quote reminds me that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to do more of the things we love and enjoy. Deferring our passions, dreams, and goals does nothing to nourish our souls and spearhead us on the path of success, fulfillment and joy. To see more quotes and inspirational tips like this, join us over in the Self Care Circle.   … [Read more...]

5 Positive AttitudeTips

  Each day you get to decide the kind of attitude you will have. You can soar above the clouds of negativity and make a conscious choice to either complain or be grateful. Instead of bemoaning the fact that it is raining, be thankful that you are supplied with water to feed the grass. When your attitude is out of order, so is everything else - your relationships, your work, your life. Here are some tips to help restore order to your attitude and harmony to your life: • Eliminate negative words from you vocabulary. The words "can't, and "don't" suggest a sense of hopelessness and distress. Instead, use positive words like "I can", "I will", and “I am" to lift your thoughts to a higher altitude and help you to dwell more in … [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...]

Stop the Energy Zappers and Time Takers

Are you frequently distracted and make needless mistakes? Do you find yourself juggling a gazillion tasks, wishing for more time while rushing from one thing to another? Are you often fatigued, even when you are doing things that require little energy? Did you misplace your keys, purse or phone - again? If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic fatigue syndrome is a prolonged period of unexplained, persistent fatigue not related to physical exertion and not relieved by rest. Ongoing symptoms include difficulty concentrating, unrefreshed sleep, muscle pain, headaches, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety attacks. Constantly feeling like … [Read more...]