Losing someone you love is hard, especially on big days. I’m sandwiched between two of them now, missing my dear dad. But he’s turned up yet again to remind me that the ones we love and lose are closer than we think….Read More
Short. Simple. Profound.
These are instructions for living a life…
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’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
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
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
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
We work so hard to make Christmas perfect. We run and rush and decorate and bake ourselves into a frenzy. But my old, worn nativity reminds me Christmas was never meant to be about perfection. Take a breather, just for a minute, and read on.....
You know I love positive people with a positive message. But who knew a goat could be part of this wonderful movement of ours? This blue billy and his creator are on a mission to spread an upbeat message you won't want to miss. You're gonna love these guys! Together, they'll inspire you.... and give you some great gift ideas, too.....Read More