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
Sometimes appearances deceive us, leading us to think there is no hope when, in truth...
This profoundly important question deserves pause. Your answer is your guidepost, an indication of whether you're really living the life you want...
Here's a little departure from the typical spoils of Valentines Day with its foil-clad chocolates and bouquets of flowers. Let's go deeper than the eighteen-billion dollar commercialization of the heart. This one won't cost you a thing, but it is priceless. It is where true love starts....Read More
Beware that the external storms you face don't silence the power of the storm within you. It's there, waiting for you to use it. Being the storm will change your life...
As night fell, I wondered how I'd make it home before the blizzard paralyzed my town for days, making my return impossible. No planes. No trains. No automobiles. Just four strangers united by a common goal: to beat the storm...Read More
The raw and deep sadness of grief can leave us wondering what to say and how to help someone who has suffered a heartbreaking loss. When you understand what's needed, it's a little easier.....Read More
Happy New Year, Underdogs! I'm not sure who came up with the idea of creating annual resolutions, but we all know a one-and-done approach rarely works. Here's a better way to really reach those lofty goals you're setting.....Read More