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...]

7 Warning Signs of Depression

The world was saddened this week by the death of Mr. Robin Williams, an iconic comedian, beloved American legend and accomplished actor. Mr. Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression. He appears to have taken his own life.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family. Depression is an insidious mental health disease effecting millions of people every year. Severely depressed individuals are at high risk of suicide. Symptoms of depression can be tough to detect in someone close to you and even harder to detect in yourself. On occasion, most people feel a little sad, anxious or gloomy. These feelings are quite common when they are the result of a significant life change (e.g., loss of job, divorce, illness, work … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

10 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

March was International Listening Awareness Month but every month is a good time to check how well you listen. What with the endless supply of texts messages, abbreviations and acronyms we use to communicate, it's no wonder our listening skills fall short. Listening is the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages. In the early years of marriage, my husband often accused me of not listening. Of course, I denied, explained and defended my listening skills repeatedly.  Fortunately, I learned that hearing is not the same as fully listening. According to the International Listening Association, only about 50% of what we hear is retained immediately after we hear it and only … [Read more...]

How Problems, Patterns and Perceptions Influence Your Behaviors

If you’re anything like a lot of people, you’ve had your share of problems. And, that could be anything from a pesky leaky faucet to totaling your new car. In the book, Power is Within You, written by the wise Louise Hays, she talks about how the problems we have with our cars may suggest some inner issue that we have not faced.  For example, if  you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to move forward, that feeling might show up in the form of a flat tire preventing you from getting to your destination. And, just as you would call your local auto club or a friend to fix your tire, you must call on your inner reserves and delve deep into the patterns and perceptions you embrace to repair the irrational beliefs that are keeping you … [Read more...]

I’ve Never Been to ME

When you think of a relationship do you think of the connection you have with your family, friends, money, co-workers and neighbors? Of course you do. But wait, don't you also want to think about the loving healthy relationship you have with yourself? You do have a healthy, loving relationship with yourself, don't you? Or what about the relationship you have with money, your emotional well being, your integrity and your values? One of my favorite songs is "I've Never Been to Me" by Nancy Wilson. In the song, she sings about meeting kings, queens and all the dreams she's deferred but never been free to be herself. At least that's my take on the song. A lot of people have the trappings of what society tells us is a successful … [Read more...]

How to Conquer Your Fears

Does your throat close up at the thought of standing in front of your peers to give a presentation at work? Are you afraid that people won’t like you if you say “no”? Does the idea of starting your own business, or changing careers send shivers down your spine? Some of the things you fear can keep you confined in a prison of immobility unable to make the necessary change to move forward. And, if not addressed, fear will eventually eat away at your self-confidence and prevent you from feeling empowered, decisive and free to make choices that enrich your life. Although fear is a natural automatic response to scary situations, it's not meant to block you from trying new things, following your dreams, or living your best life. Fear is a … [Read more...]