To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective

I was walking along the beach the other day doing what so many of us do—thinking about the things in my life that I want to fix—when I noticed a crooked Christmas tree someone had planted in the sand. The tree was leaning far to the left and had an uneven shape. I wasn’t inContinue reading “To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective”

749 Likes

An image I posted on Insta got 749 likes.   I told the cat this as I cleaned her box. “749 likes,”   I said again. She jumped in, peed, got out, and moved to the next thing.   749 likes don’t change the fact that I clean a cat box.    

The Live in Peace Challenge

We often use the epitaph “rest in peace” when referring to those who have died. It’s a lovely thought, and one I think we should extend to the living. What if “live in peace” was what we all wanted for ourselves and for others? Live in Peace If “live in peace” guided our actions, whatContinue reading “The Live in Peace Challenge”

Is Chaos Eating You Alive? How to Create Peace In Your Life.

More and more, clients are coming to me saying that they’re overwhelmed by the negativity they feel around them, particularly in politics and in the media, but also in their homes and workplaces. They wonder how they can keep it from invading their lives. “You absolutely can,” I tell them, and then we explore how.Continue reading “Is Chaos Eating You Alive? How to Create Peace In Your Life.”

My No-Plan Approach to Overhauling my Health

I’m a horrible eater. I believe in dessert before dinner. I find it difficult to eat vegetables without making the face your 2-year-old makes when you give her broccoli for the first time. And I’m ever-so-slightly addicted to Diet Coke. My children complain so much about my Diet Coke habit that I no longer keepContinue reading “My No-Plan Approach to Overhauling my Health”

The Warm Hearth

A warm hearth is a shelter, a place that draws us in, invites us to sit a while.   Its humble strength allows us to come together, to see each other in a softer light.   It is here, at the hearth, that we come home to each other and to ourselves.   As theContinue reading “The Warm Hearth”

Solving Conflict in Relationships

Have you ever inadvertently hurt a loved one with your words? Me, too. Sometimes we act out of frustration, or we’re tired, or irritated by a loved one’s behavior. And when we address the situation, we only make things worse. Nobody’s going to get it right all the time, but there’s a way to vastlyContinue reading “Solving Conflict in Relationships”

What Do You Want to Accomplish in Your Lifetime?

I’m a planning junkie. In the last 30 years, I’ve tried dozens of systems, have read stacks of books about planning, have taken seminars and have used many of the planners on the market. I start thinking about planners in June. By July, I’m researching them. My fellow junkies and I spend hours discussing plannerContinue reading “What Do You Want to Accomplish in Your Lifetime?”

Nine: A Tribute to the Children I Would Have Raised

    One. Would have been my parents’ first grandchild. Two. Gabrielle. A girl.   Three. I didn’t tell anyone about him until he was gone. I thought it would be less painful for everyone. It wasn’t.   Four. She would have been born in May, my favorite month. Five. He’d be turning 22 now, doneContinue reading “Nine: A Tribute to the Children I Would Have Raised”

You Are Not Broken

When I hear people say that we’re all broken, I think about the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The misfit toys—all unwanted because of their imperfections—live on an island, away from the rest of the toys. They wait on the island  until their ruler finds a child who will loveContinue reading “You Are Not Broken”