What Healthy People Have In Common

The strangest thing keeps happening. Like this. I have a friend who is in her 60s.  I know this sounds a bit cliche, but truly, she doesn’t look a day over 40.  Folks are amazed and when they find out how old she is. often exclaim  “No way”, they say, “what good genes you have!”.  She… Read More

Happiness is Waiting for You

  “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”  ~Hafez Have you seen the gratitude jar challenge?  This is where you write one thing a day to be grateful for and place it safely in a jar.  Then, at the end of the year, you pull… Read More

How to Live With the Hard Questions

    Have you ever had a question you just INSISTED be answered?  Maybe it was about why the horrible breakup happened, why your body or mind won’t stop hurting, why the job didn’t work out as planned, or a plethora of other life situations you want to understand. Well…. I have.  Many times. And… Read More

Why Your Desires Matter

Those dreams and goals you have for your life?  They are both beautiful and necessary.  They keep you focused and moving toward the good morsels of life.  Goals motivate us to get our rear ends off the couch, to eat healthier, lose weight, save for retirement, manage our emotions, create meaningful relationships.  Good stuff, right? … Read More

Dream On

Do you remember your childhood dreams?  Everything was possible, wasn’t it?  And all the possibilities came without judgment.   I remember playdates where my own dream of traveling was equal to my friend’s dream of being a homemaker, or another’s of becoming president.  We didn’t call one dream better than the other.  Somehow we understood… Read More

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff

I have been a collector of quotes for as long as I can remember.  I tuck them into pockets, scribble them in notebooks, create folders in my email, pin them in social media accounts…. pretty much saving them wherever I can find a spot.  I find comfort and inspiration in the written word and I… Read More

When Terror Strikes

Yesterday’s bombings in Brussels disturbed me greatly.  I was in that airport last summer on a trip with my daughter.  I have been thinking of the kind lady who helped us with a travel delay.  I hope she is ok. I’m sure the terror in Brussels horrified you as well.  Or maybe, after regular exposure… Read More

Keep Going

Have you ever gone to the gym once and then felt frustrated that there wasn’t a significant change right when you were done?  Or, started saving a little extra for a couple of weeks and then felt defeated because the balance had not grown to the number you dreamed about (but probably wasn’t possible if… Read More

5 Ideas to Improve Your Mental Health in 2016

When I was in graduate school, I vividly remember someone asking my professor “so what is mental health anyway”?  At first I thought “well that’s an absurd question”….  However, I quickly realized I couldn’t formulate an answer.  Of course, that made it a great question…. Was it the absence of diagnostic symptoms, was it not… Read More

Pumpkin Pie and a Slice of Gratitude

  I dig this holiday.  And not because of all the goodness on the table with favorites such as pumpkin pie and dressing (that’s what we call stuffing in the south).  I love this holiday because it is one solid day that is dedicated to the practice of giving thanks. Of being grateful. If I… Read More

The Work IS the Joy

  Are the changes you want to make in your life exciting to participate in, or do you dread the effort?  What if I told you I think the process of change could be a remarkably empowering time in your life?  Even while doing the work… I recently told a story about how I often… Read More

I Choose the Magic

  On a random work day, several years ago, I was having a really bad morning.  If you have ever had my first appointment of the day, you will not be shocked by this fact… I was running late….  You know, that frantic “Aaarrghhhh – I overslept and don’t even have time to eat breakfast… Read More