10 09, 2020

You Can Adjust the Sails

2020-09-15T11:55:45-07:00September 10th, 2020|

It is a beautiful summer in the Pacific Northwest, and my family and I have had the opportunity to spend some glorious days boating in the San Juan Islands. With the Labor Day holiday and end of summer quickly approaching, we escaped with my parents to Orcas Island to catch the last hurrah. The sky was blue, the sun was warm, and there was just enough of a breeze to  Read more »

3 09, 2020

How to Purposefully Live Your Best Life

2020-09-15T11:42:33-07:00September 3rd, 2020|

When I was a young girl we used to sing a song called "Count Your Blessings." It is a simple song with a simple but profound idea: name the great things and people in your life one by one. That song was probably my first brush with the idea of living a gratitude-filled life. I have many blessings - more than I am able to count. But every morning, I  Read more »

20 08, 2020

5 Reasons You Need to Play More

2020-08-20T11:18:43-07:00August 20th, 2020|

When I was a little girl, my Grandpa built a playhouse for my sister and me in our backyard. It was a miniature of the farmhouse where we lived, painted white with green trim, and even had a small loft. We loved to play in our "very own" house, and spent hours of make believe there. Our kittens became our babies and would allow us (most of the time) to  Read more »

7 08, 2020

Want to Be Happier? Stop Living on Automatic

2020-08-07T08:41:49-07:00August 7th, 2020|

In order to become a better and happier version of yourself, you first have to identify the areas of your life that you are not satisfied with - where you have succumbed to "living on automatic." Let me illustrate with a story. My husband and I enjoy kayaking together on the ocean near our home in the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing more beautiful than being out on the water  Read more »

24 07, 2020

3 Powerful Steps to Dream Big

2020-07-24T12:49:22-07:00July 24th, 2020|

As a child I had boundless energy and a big imagination. Dreaming came easy. Growing up on a dairy farm out in the country, my sister and I spent a lot of time playing outdoors. She and I spent hours playing in the tree-house my Dad built us in our front yard. We pretended we lived there, that is, until Mom called us in for dinner. Rainy days did't get  Read more »

16 07, 2020

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Marriage

2020-07-16T12:30:03-07:00July 16th, 2020|

I am sorry for what I said in quarantine. Over something ridiculously small I had snapped at my husband and needed to apologize. Can you relate? My day had started out just fine. Despite the extra efforts needed to rise above the latest negative news, I was ready to tackle the workday. Armed with my morning latte and my list of priorities I got to work. However, it quickly became  Read more »

22 06, 2020

Stop and Smell the Roses

2020-06-22T11:17:58-07:00June 22nd, 2020|

It's a beautiful summer morning in the Northwest and I am about to embark on one of my favorite weekly activities - tending to my flower garden and picking a colorful, fragrant bouquet for my dining table. A couple of years ago, my Mother's Day gift was the flowers to plant my own garden, and now I am harvesting the fruits of those labors with stunning roses and other delightful  Read more »

4 06, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Day

2020-06-04T13:41:32-07:00June 4th, 2020|

Imagine creating your BEST DAY. One where you have a lot of energy, you are focused, you are productive, you are getting the right things done in record time. And, you feel great about your accomplishments. The problem is many of us aren't feeling this way right now. All of us have been affected in some way by COVID-19 and the resulting shutdown we are now living in. In varying ways, our  Read more »

15 05, 2020

5 Powerful Steps to Change Your Thinking

2020-05-15T11:49:44-07:00May 15th, 2020|

Mind over Matter. Apparently, I said this to my kids a lot when they were growing up. We were having a conversation the other day where I asked my daughters what words or phrases they remembered hearing over and over. “Mind over matter” was at the top of their list along with a few others. Do your best. You can do it. Be nice. When they would get in an  Read more »

7 05, 2020

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

2020-05-07T11:39:56-07:00May 7th, 2020|

For years I have made my Sunday trip to the grocery store to stock up for the week. These days in the midst of a global pandemic, it is very different. Last week the atmosphere was heavy. I could feel the fear and apprehension of the customers. People self-distanced. No smiles. No eye contact. Some people were in masks, gloves, and even goggles. Everywhere, complete silence. Some people walked into  Read more »

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