The turn of the year feels like anything is possible. There are umpteen choices of what to do with this fresh assembly of 365 days. But the starting point is always the same: You. Me. We have to start here.Read More
Whatever you celebrate, I hope it’s happy. For me, it’s Christmas. In the midst of the crazies and holiday hassles, the hard-to-please relatives, and burned cookies, I'm taking a break and heading to the Star. It’s the most wonderful place of all. C'mon, I'll meet you there...Read More
True confession: I have an emotional connection… to my Christmas tree. Really. But before you call me kooky, consider this: Maybe you have that connection, too. This is a whole new way to think about it….Read More
When you’re looking at where you’re going and how freaking long it’s gonna take to get there, stand back once in a while and notice how far you’ve come.
Deep and lasting gratitude can change your life, but in order to find it, you’ll need more than the annual gratitude list shared around the Thanksgiving table. Real gratitude (and the joy it brings) means going deeper. Here’s how…Read More
It was impossible to find the words, but finally they came... after I figured out why it was so damned hard to lose Lee Kinard. What do we do without the believers, the ones who somehow seem to know what we’re capable of long before we do? They give us a chance and, in doing so, they ignite in us a belief in ourselves. But what happens when they are gone, when it’s just us and the indelible mark they’ve left? I think I’ve found the answer…Read More
“O Sole Mio”: “My own sunshine”
We find our own inner light, our own sunshine, when we know our true selves, that part of us that can get buried under life and family and baggage. So how can you rediscover the forgotten you?
I have seen before how travel changes the traveler. I have felt it within myself. But this time, as I throw off the training wheels and go solo, it’s different. It’s deeper. As I discover a little-known, incredible city that should be on everyone’s Italy hit list, I’m also discovering myself…Read More
I’m on the plane, my third in as many days as I hopscotch on the circuitous route of a solo traveler using frequent flier miles. I’m trying to manage the big, crazy-making emotions of the first day… and not miss any more flights… as I head to Italy for a trial period of traveling alone. All the while, I tell myself things have to go better than they have so far…Read More
Damned fear… getting in the way. This was supposed to be exciting: my first solo trip abroad. The calling to go it alone came from deep within me. It was something I knew I had to do. But as I got ready to take on Italy alone, fear grabbed me in a way I had never experienced before. It was bad. Embarrassingly bad. And I wondered if I would really fly solo at all…Read More
This is a great one to share with cousins you love!
For many of us, our cousins are woven into the childhood fabric of summer visits with extended family. These times together are the glue that binds generations. Now, as my children’s cousins from the U.K. are en route for long over-due time together, I’m thinking about the extraordinary importance of cousins…
Underdogs: the ones who are doubted, discounted, and looked at as long shots. But we are also the ones who persevere with determination and tenacity. We defy the odds. And as we forge on, this is where we find fuel for our unquenchable fire…Read More
Turn to someone you love and share your heart. Don’t wait. You can’t afford to because time is precious and brutally unpredictable. It can trick us into believing we’ll have more of it when sometimes we don’t. I remember when sharing my heart was difficult. And awkward. At first. But then everything changed….Read More
I don’t usually do more than one post in a week right now because of the book I’m writing.. and because you don’t need to be bombarded. But I had to follow up with you on this let you know it’s gonna be okay. In fact, it might just be great…Read More
Mother’s Day, that sometimes sweet, sometimes difficult, sometimes ironic teacher, isn’t always what we wish it could be. I’m about to face my first one without kids at home. Maybe you have tough circumstances, too. Whatever they are, take heart. We can still salvage Mother’s Day… and learn a little something in the process…Read More
The world will slap labels on you all day long and those can easily become your identity. Father. Mother. Wife. Husband. Job doer. Student. Shy. Outgoing. But underneath those worldly layers, who are you really? The answer is worth finding if you want to live your real life…Read More
When you try something new, you get something new. My innner adventurer taught me this and I discovered that the payoff was profound...Read More
Banish embarrassment. Ignore uncertainty. There's an adventurer waiting to be freed from your life's schedules and routine. Let her out and you'll remember how amazing a little excitement feels...Read More
A "chance" encounter with a stranger brought Church outside, to me, and delivered a powerful lesson for all of us. If you're open to it, you, too, will find yourself attending service when you least expect it....Read More
We all have those things we hate to do. Cleaning the bathroom. Doing tax prep. Going to the gym. But what if we do the things we hate with love? That's a powerful shift. Let me explain in this Extraordinary Minute...Read More