An Inspirational Video – 12 Things to Remember

Who can't use a little inspiration from time to time? This inspirational video is a great reminder to remain positive and upbeat no matter what's going on in your life. Enjoy!! Certified Life Coach, Family Therapist, Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy to devote to self-care. … [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...]

Communication Influences How Well You’re Perceived

The way you communicate influences how well you're perceived whether it be in your personal relationships, business or social settings. I recently spoke to someone on the phone who mumbled and practically whispered her words.  I soon became agitated and after asking her to repeat what she said several times, I gave up and said I would have to call back at a more convenient time.  I was really hoping that I would get someone different the next time I called. Communication is much more than what you say. Here are some ways to communicate so you’ll be heard every time: Speak in a strong, clear voice. A strong, clear voice commands attention and respect. A soft, whiney voice may be perceived as insecure, weak and … [Read more...]

7 Stress Busting Tips for the Holidays

Holidays are filled with joyous times spend with family and loved ones but can often be stressful as well. Some studies indicate that stress, depression and suicide are highest during the holiday season.  To reduce stress, overwhelm and possible depression, consider some of these stress busting tips for the holidays, practice some good self care and enjoy! Start your list early.  Even if you change your mind, you have a guideline in place for gift giving and shopping.  I usually start my list early in the year as I listen to what my family and friends say are on their wish list.  Of course, the list might change by December but I've already gotten a head start and can avoid the last minute buying frenzy. Budget wisely.  Assign a … [Read more...]

Happiness Really is an Inside Job

Happiness really is an inside job.  A sure blueprint for unhappiness is when you say and do things that are unaligned with your integrity, beliefs and desires.  If your thinking is not in line with what you are doing and saying, you will experience conflict, anger and frustration. I often come across women who say they are not happy. They are unhappy because they are living out of integrity - doing and saying things that conflict with their beliefs, desires and expectations. One of my clients complained that she was "just unhappy" and didn't like saying "no" to family members and friends and often wound up feeling that her time and wishes were ignored. As we worked together, we uncovered why she wasn't happy in her personal life. She … [Read more...]

Observing Traditions, Rituals and Habits During the Holidays

Traditions, rituals and habits are a staple of American culture.  And, with the U.S holiday, Thanksgiving this week, this is the perfect time to think about the traditions in your own family circle or start some new ones.  I often counsel blended families to start new traditions when they are at a crossroads as to which set of in-laws they share Thanksgiving dinner with. One family decided to rid themselves of the holiday madness by volunteering to feed the homeless at their local church on Thanksgiving Day. Another family spends the day with their nuclear family and then hosts a large gathering for extended family the day after Thanksgiving. Sometimes traditions evolve slowly over time such as the annual Kwanzaa celebration I've … [Read more...]