My widow *brave-making* campaign

At the encouragement of a friend, I presented at this week’s IGNITE Bend event. IGNITE events are produced in places like Helsinki, Paris and New York City. Presenters get 5 minutes and 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The tagline is, “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”And so I applied to be one of the speakers. Because I didn’t want to. ...more

4 brave-making action steps

Sometimes when things hit hard and fast — like loss of health or financial security, loss of a home or a way of life, or loss of a loved one — there can be a tendency to wrap our lives tightly around us like a security blanket and stay put; a tendency to not venture out because venturing out doesn’t feel very safe any more. ...more

Why I Bought Myself a Diamond Ring

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Lovely post Corrine :)more


IntroductionIf you are unsure of a course of any action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitation will infect your execution and output. Timidity is dangerous. It is better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid (Robert Green)....more

Borrow Courage From Your Hero

"We all have our own story. Tell it. Listen to others.  Elicit it from others even, and from within ourselves."Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road...more

Telling your story as part of living well

My adult children encouraged me to get back into public speaking. But Hubby and I had always told our story together and I was afraid to present alone. What if no one laughed at the humor?And then an invitation last week. To speak to nursing students. Who laughed in all the right places. (And I may have made a couple of them cry, which wasn’t very nice of me.)Your own story is quite possibly more interesting than you realize....more

A Change Will Do You Good

If you had told me a year ago that I would spend my morning filling out paperwork to change my major to marketing, I would have laughed at you and then gone back to working on a chemistry assignment. But life is a funny thing....more


This week my oldest, recently baptized, came home from his 2nd month of Middle School and was upset about his shoes.  Being a Shoe gal myself I obviously get it, however, his reasoning baffled me....more

Garden of Trust

Raise your hand if you have trust issues? Thank you, you may put your hands down now. I feel like I’m in very good company. Trust is an elusive character....more
That I would be completely infallible in my trust and have others trust in me again. I really ...more


Is your reservoir filled with courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust? If not, maybe it is time to begin filling it.Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more