Hardship is a Wise Teacher

Hardship is a good teacher. When we face challenges that test our limits, we learn valuable lessons. I came across this journal entry I made while my husband was deployed in 2010 and I found it to be as applicable now as it was then. And I believe it is applicable to your life as well....more

10 Rules to Help You Set Goals

I have always been a goal setting junkie and have spent most of my adult years looking for ways to increase the odds of achieving those goals, both for myself and more recently for others. What I have found is that there seem to be a set of common strategies that predict the success or failure when it comes to accomplishing goals.Goal Success Rules1. Be Decisive – You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you....more

My Ridiculously Simple Secret for Maintaining Order

Herein lies the stumbling block that most run up against. You have to make order the path of least resistance! How do you do that? By having a place for everything and clear focus on, doing what’s in front of you, doing what’s next and doing what’s important.Let’s take that one step further…...more

World Domination or Go With the Flow?

 As I fumble my way through this life, I continue to be plagued by the ever-present feeling that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing here. It’s rather disconcerting to say the least. As I talk to others, I find that I am not the only one who struggles with this dilemma.Are we supposed to have a well thought out plan for world domination, which we simply follow step by step, slowly inching our way toward an ultimate goal that we have predetermined?...more

Worry Impairs Progress

We may feel insecure where our personal and professional projects are concerned and be compelled to devote ourselves to examining all that could potentially go wrong. Yet we may be unintentionally impairing our progress by indulging in this apprehension. We will likely find that we're able to get more done and concentrate more fully on the task before us when we set our worries aside. The extra energy, time, and resources we gain by not worrying can better be applied to the pursuits most important to us....more

Contemplation Made Easy: 25 Ways to "Mind-Surf"

I'm feeling introspective today...not sure why, but I try to honor those needs when they arise. I humbly recommend that you do the same. When our bodies or our minds call to us, there is usually a reason - though we may not understand it - a decision we need to make, a feeling we need to examine, an action we need to take, a mistake we need to forgive, a dream we need to pursue or release....more

How Guilt Holds Us Back

So many of us live under an oppressive cloud of heavy guilt. We are plagued by regret of decisions made and actions taken, words spoken, or opportunities not explored. We feel as though we have done so many things wrong and we forget about all of the things that we have done right....more

4 Step Process to Get Your Day on Track

 Step back for a moment from those ever-present goals, resolutions, and glorious new habits we’re bent on creating. Knowing where you want to go and what you want to do is only half the battle....more

Discover Your Flow and Go with It

The entire course of our life follows a cyclical pattern of good and bad, up and down, more then less. Everything flows this way, years, months, weeks, days, hours. High energy, then low energy, creativity, then boredom, tremendous focus, then distractibility.The key is in understanding how to use these shifts to our advantage. We can channel these fluctuations, if we understand how they affect our moods, actions, and productivity. It can be a valuable tool lower stress and improve the quality of our lives....more

The Most Important Skill in Life is…

What do you think is the most important skill to succeed in life?There may be many different answers. And there should be.My answer:  Reading....more