Hot Pink Ghosts

Another block to creativity are the ghosts of failures past.A client once told me, “I’m afraid to get my work out there because the last time I tried, I was sabotaged and betrayed by a group of women I had trusted.”I said, “I’m so sorry that happened. That must have been excruciatingly painful. But I’m noticing that there is no group of women holding you back now. It is you holding you back. You are sabotaging and betraying yourself.”She launched her new business exactly seven days later....more

Personal Growth Experiences

Lately, I noticed there is something about being over 40, that people associate with change, growth and doing things differently.   It was not my forties, that led me to take chances and to grow as a person.  My latest blog post Personal Growth Experiences shows a glimpse into risk, growth and change....more

Don't Blame the Lettuce

“When you plant lettuce and it doesn’t grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.”Thich Nhat Hanh ...more

What If You Don’t Have Faith In Yourself?

It’s a cold, empty feeling, that not-having-faith-in-yourself feeling.Especially in this bright-eyed American culture of mandatory optimism.But some days, it’s just not there. You don’t feel worthy, you don’t feel special, you don’t feel like your projects are even worth your while, much less anyone else’s while....more

Don't Take It Personal

As an introvert, I find that I do a pretty good job separating my emotions from business and people I generally don't care about. I get paid to serve people and continue smiling as if I'm not at all a human, but a grateful lap dog appreciative for the few dollars equivalent to a processed Milk Bone treat that barely makes up my paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not disgruntled about my job or my paycheck, I actually really like my job and the customers which is why I do it. There is an opportunity to get to know the people I meet and eventually care more for them....more

You're Exactly Where You're Supposed To Be

It's easy to look at others' lives and admire their lifestyle or wish we were in their shoes. It's easy to feel bad about ourselves or the current situations we may be in. We may even feel a slight bit (some of us more than slight) of jealousy when we go on social media or watch T.V. and see the seemingly awesome lives individuals are having. Why is my life not going as planned? Well, it may be. ...more

Take The Easy Way Out

Here’s my new mental discipline: for each idea or project, I’m asking myself, “What’s the EASIEST possible way to do this?”As a natural-born over-complicator, this does not come easily to me. But I have noticed that I sometimes don’t move forward on projects because I have larded on too many extra moving parts....more

Bidding Farewell to Ms. Cranky-Pants (Or at Least Trying To)

In my family growing up, my parents were practically polar opposites in temperament. My mom was mostly easy-going, only showing temper on the rare occasion when she was truly pushed beyond the limits of her patience and stress level. My dad was mostly cranky, always quick to correct the error of our ways or sigh in exasperation at whatever noise we were making. The older I got, the more I swore I wouldn't be like that.Ha. ...more

If Only Blog Tour: The Saddest Words

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I have been reading a lot of books lately about clearing out the clutter of one's home (and mind), for an easier life....more