How to Deal With Disappointment – Learn From It

Just about the time I started the draft for my book, developing a new product and feeling pretty good about the way things were shaping up, out of the blue a zinger hit me! Things just didn't turn out the way I had planned. I was disappointed and my confidence level plummeted. I could have easily taken refuge under the covers, never to emerge again from my self-imposed exile into inertia. And, literally, I did retreat to the safety of my bed for a while.  I was unmotivated and ready to throw in the towel. One day as I sat at my desk mindlessly shuffling a stack of papers, I was lifted out of my fog by one of my favorite vocalists, Diana Krall, belting out "Pick Yourself Up and Start All Over Again" on the radio: Nothings impossible I … [Read more...]

Risk Taking Can Be the Spark That Gets You Moving

When you think of risk, what comes to mind? Do you have visions of Evil Knievel leaping across Snake River Canyon, someone engaged in hazardous, intense, and foolish actions or do you think of risk taking as an exhilarating, breathtaking and awe-inspiring experience? Of course, risk can be all those things and more. But it's really about having the courage to make a decision to experience life fully without fear and limitations.  It can also mean that sometimes you just have to take advantage of  that once in a lifetime opportunity without limiting yourself by fear. I took that once in a lifetime opportunity when I signed up for the sea trek excursion while on a recent cruise. If you're not familiar with a sea trek, it's an … [Read more...]

Inspirational Video – “Life is Like a Cup of Coffee”

I enjoy having my morning coffee from one of the unique teacups or mugs that I've collected over the years.  After watching this video,  I was reminded how often we are so focused on the outside trappings that we completely miss out on the most important part - and that's what's on the inside. Does it really matter if you drink your coffee from a styrofoam cup, a delicate teacup or a familiar mug?  Whether it's a cup of coffee or your life - what really matters is what's on the inside. So, let's not confuse what we really want (coffee) with what we think we should have (cup)! Enjoy! Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists … [Read more...]

It’s Time to De-clutter and Spruce Up Your Life

Finally, I can see the grass peeking out from under the mounds of snow that accumulated this winter. It's hard to believe but Spring is just around the corner. You know what that means... It's time to de-clutter and spruce up your life. photo credit: MarkWallaceimage And, I don't just mean your physical surroundings. It doesn't matter  what you're holding onto past its prime (a relationship gone sour, faded out theater tickets, an assortment of playbills or the jeans that are two sizes too small), it's time to do a major overhaul - starting from the inside out. I collect shoes like most people collect antiques or model cars.  Yes, I can identify with Imelda Marcus, the ultimate shoe collector. Although I don't have nearly … [Read more...]

5 Easy Changes to Make Your Self-Care a Top Priority

photo credit: gbakuimage I'm sure you remember the familiar flight attendant reminding you to make sure your oxygen mask is on before attempting to help your seatmate. Well, the same holds true for you and your self-care. If you don't take good care of yourself, you won't have the energy, desire or time to help those you care about. I hear the same story over and over from women who bought into the excuse that they just "don't have enough time" to make self care a top priority. Often times, neglecting self-care leads to undue stress and other physical ailments such as high blood pressure, poor sleep patterns and a lack of energy. I recently spoke to a woman who was irritable, sleeping poorly, lacked energy and was borderline … [Read more...]

What You’re Looking For is Right There in Front of You

[ Have you ever misplaced something in your house and found it was right there in front of you all the time? How annoying is that? This morning I opened the door to get the morning paper and immediately realized I didn't have on my glasses.  While I won't look across the room and mistake you for a creature from outer space, I do need glasses to read. But, I'm constantly misplacing them. This morning was one of those times. If you've ever played the game hide and seek, you can identify with my frustration when I can't locate my glasses. Hide and seek is a fun game children play. In the game, one person is designated as it; and is charged with finding the hiders. First, someone is picked to be it, then he/she turns around and … [Read more...]

If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain

A sudden summer rain shower did little to dampen the festive atmosphere at the rooftop party where I got to experience this spectacular light show in the form of a rainbow. A rainbow has been described as "one of the most spectacular light shows of the earth". Rainbows are defined as optical and meteorological phenomena that produces a spectrum of light when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, none of that crossed my mind when I took this photo.  My only thought was that I might not get a chance to view this spectacular site from such a vantage point again.  I just knew I had to capture it even if I am an amateur photographer. Months later, while purging some photos, I come across the rainbow … [Read more...]

Create Order for More Productivity and Creativity

photo credit: jekert gwapoimage Every year on January 1st, countless people resolve to make some kind of change in their lives.The number one resolution most people make is to par down and get rid of clutter. For the past few years, I've resolved to streamline and rid my life of clutter and the things that I no longer find useful, beautiful or interesting. Yet, I still find myself surrounded by some clutter! And I'll bet you do too! So what is clutter? An overstuffed closet filled with relics that you know you wouldn't ever wear again? The drawer stuffed with enough pens, pencils, staples and tape to supply 10 small offices for a year.   A box of beautiful birthday cards you're saving but rarely if ever look … [Read more...]

Pick Yourself Up and Start All Over Again

photo credit: skampyimage I read the countless emails as if they are messages from God! Most could have easily been deleted based simply on the subject. The stacks of papers piled on my desk have been rearranged at least ten times and still nothing has been filed or thrown out. I stop moving papers just long enough to get sidetracked into investigating what’s in a seldom opened drawer. My 2011 goals lay to one side, stuck in some kind of inertia just waiting for me to pay attention. Papers to be filed, bills to be paid, mail to answer - all sit patiently waiting in the wings while I peruse Facebook and click on endless links cleverly concealed in flowery messages promising me more success, love, money, happiness, etc...and play … [Read more...]

Tribute to Giving Women Everywhere

The countdown to the busy holiday is fast approaching bringing with it a multitude of activities, planning and other tasks associated with the giving season. Before you get bogged down in "must do's", take a moment to remember that you are much, much, more than WHAT you do. Women all over the world give joy, hope, love, compassion, support and ideas every day to our families, friends and the world. Yet, many of us fall short when it comes to our self-care. While you’re giving and doing during this busy time of the year, here are some things to keep in mind: Don’t scatter your energy and resources to the point of exhaustion so that you don’t have enough energy to continue giving and doing for others and still have the time and … [Read more...]