Life

 

Life

  • Think of This When Interacting with Your Children Every Day!
    Think of This When Interacting with Your Children Every Day!

      “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin Recently I went on vacation in Europe with my father and husband. I had the opportunity to be in Paris and Italy for over three weeks. I decided before I left I wanted this article to be [Read More!…]

  • Creating a Tidy Life has a lot of Benefits!
    Creating a Tidy Life has a lot of Benefits!

      Tidying up is all the rage. Thanks to super “tidy-er,” Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, tossing stuff has never been more in fashion, which requires you jettison things that are out of fashion, bore you, or simply don’t spark joy. Sparking joy is a [Read More!…]

  • Empty Your Full Cup to Fill it Up Again
    Empty Your Full Cup to Fill it Up Again

      Beauty has become important to me, particularly in everyday moments.  For example, I prefer to drink from a goblet.  My current one has a quite feminine shape, curvy waist and all.  Water, iced tea, juice or wine, I just like the way it looks and feels to me. My [Read More!…]

  • Dear Janet… Is Tough Love the Only Answer?
    Dear Janet… Is Tough Love the Only Answer?

      Dear Janet, I am at a loss.  I just found out my college junior son dropped most of his classes for the semester due to failing grades.  He dropped three classes two semesters ago for the same reason.  I don’t think the reason is drugs or alcohol.  I think [Read More!…]

  • Car Conversations… Rethinking “Fake it Until You Make It”
    Car Conversations… Rethinking “Fake it Until You Make It”

      “Fake it until you make it!” is doled out as the answer to many a problem we face.  Often it is accompanied by no other directions or instructions.  Just “fake it until you make it!”  That is all we apparently need to know.  We throw this advice around like [Read More!…]

  • A Dedication to My Mom
    A Dedication to My Mom

      A Mother’s Love “Of all the special joys in life, The big ones and the small, A mother’s love and tenderness Is the greatest of them all.” Anonymous I dedicate this column to my mom, who passed away on May 30th, 2010 from a courageous battle with cancer.   She [Read More!…]

  • 7 Steps to Building Healthy Confidence & Self Esteem
    7 Steps to Building Healthy Confidence & Self Esteem

      Before you get to any of the steps, you need to know one thing.  You can’t read this and gain self-esteem.  Self worth is not something you can achieve for yourself by reading an article, a book, or watching a video. It comes from taking action. It comes from [Read More!…]

  • Happy Trails… 3 Steps to an Adventurous Retirement
    Happy Trails… 3 Steps to an Adventurous Retirement

    Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smiling until then. Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song, and bring sunny weather. Happy trails to you, until we meet again. “Happy Trails” by Dale Evans Rogers, 1952 As of March [Read More!…]

  • How are You Exercising Your “No” Muscle?
    How are You Exercising Your “No” Muscle?

      You are more than likely not spending much time wondering what to do next, due to not having much to do. Instead, you are probably feeling more overwhelmed than ever, wondering how you are going to get it all done! The world is not slowing down. You are being [Read More!…]

  • Do You Make Most of Your Decisions in Life on Auto-Pilot?
    Do You Make Most of Your Decisions in Life on Auto-Pilot?

        Women, we are so funny and interesting. We put our whole lives on hold during our child rearing years or during our career-creating time. We have this notion we are to multi-task everything, including our lives. When do we just sit down and take a breath? The world [Read More!…]

  • Fear is the Mind Killer
    Fear is the Mind Killer

      When I first read that line in Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, it changed my teenage life.  Not that I was a fearful person overall, but it showed me how to overcome the obstacles to making the things happen in my life I wanted. It gave me a mantra [Read More!…]

  • I’ve Evolved into Wonder Woman & Loving it!  - VIDEO
    I’ve Evolved into Wonder Woman & Loving it! – VIDEO

      Sometimes I think I’m just too old for new beginnings.  Usually, those are the days when I’m overwhelmed with trying to keep up with the social media I do in marketing my work, writing two or three posts under a deadline, connecting with folks I want/need to know through [Read More!…]

  • Dear Janet… Forgiving a Parent but Keeping Your Distance?
    Dear Janet… Forgiving a Parent but Keeping Your Distance?

      Dear Janet, My mother and I have not talked in about 3 years.  I stopped talking to her, because she told several friends and family members many lies about my husband and me.  I’m not sure why she did this.  But, I know she is someone that has always [Read More!…]

  • Don’t Hang Out in My Blind Spot…There are 3 Better Places to be to Help!
    Don’t Hang Out in My Blind Spot…There are 3 Better Places to be to Help!

      One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is in Back to the Future.  Biff Tannen, the bully, has just returned George McFly’s car via tow truck!  Biff tells George he should have been warned about the blind spot before the car was loaned to him.  He said “I could [Read More!…]

  • Mid-Life doesn’t have to be a Crisis… Embrace the Wisdom of it!
    Mid-Life doesn’t have to be a Crisis… Embrace the Wisdom of it!

      “People may call what happens at midlife ‘a crisis,’ but it’s not.  It’s an unraveling – a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re “supposed” to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by [Read More!…]

  • Are You Being Used for Sex?
    Are You Being Used for Sex?

      Let’s take an anonymous poll.  Close your eyes (no peeking!) and raise your hand if you have ever done any of the following: – Agreed (either implicitly or expressly) to a casual sex arrangement with a man even though what you really wanted was a serious relationship with him? [Read More!…]

  • I Went from Surviving to Thriving & So Can You
    I Went from Surviving to Thriving & So Can You

      I woke up in the mornings questioning how I was going to survive.  I never “really” knew what would happen to me, whether the disease would progress as stated earlier in my life.  I lived in fear, in a state of constant anxiety. That was my story, and for [Read More!…]

  • The Freedom of Forgiveness… Let go & Move Forward
    The Freedom of Forgiveness… Let go & Move Forward

      In order to allow a new and better phase of your life to happen, you need to let go of the past. As difficult as it may seem, it’s important to become aware of things that no longer serve you. And, realize it’s time to let them go if [Read More!…]

  • Do You. Every Day, in Every Way
    Do You. Every Day, in Every Way

      This is not a phrase we are typically encouraged with. In fact, we hear the opposite and are being pulled into people pleasing. But in making the best choices, you have to put yourself first. Self-love is an investment, meant for making choices and finding meaning in those choices. [Read More!…]

  • How do You Answer, “Are You Selfish?”
    How do You Answer, “Are You Selfish?”

      Are you selfish? What was your answer? You said no, didn’t you? Nobody wants to be known as the selfish one. Nobody wants a reputation as a taker. For the next 900 words or so, be selfish. Here. Let me ease your mind a bit. Instead of thinking “selfish,” [Read More!…]