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Create First, Evaluate Later

We forget to create first, and evaluate later. We can’t drive a car in first gear and reverse at the same time. Likewise, when we mix different types of thinking, we strip our mental gears.

Creating means generating new ideas, visualizing, looking ahead, considering the possibilities. Evaluating means analyzing and judging, picking apart ideas and […]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|

Are You Creating Your Life or Drifting . . .

Are you consciously creating your life or drifting? Within the daily onslaught of all we have to do, it’s easiest to just keep going without thinking ahead.

Years ago my husband finished his job in Mississippi, and moved to Texas to be near his family. I assumed our lives would roll smoothly through the next […]

By |June 10th, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|

How to Encourage Creative Insight in All Aspects of Life

It’s important to encourage creative insight. Community, business, and family dynamics often require more innovation and creativity from us than we originally expect. If we want more innovation, creativity, and fresh ideas, we must become empowered ourselves and encourage it in others.

Empowerment starts internally—it’s a process whereby we gain control over our thinking as […]

Cultivate the Spirit of Optimism

In an uncertain world we have a choice to cultivate the spirit of optimism. It’s easiest to be pessimistic, to moan and groan, and complain about how things aren’t working out. Or, we buy into the blame game: It’s the bad economy, our ineffective government, the boss’s attitude, or the poor job outlook. We […]

Create Space for the Next Aha

Do you experience “the next aha” in your life on a regular basis?

We live in a universe brimming with ideas and aha moments, and we rarely see them. Hunches, insights, ideas, and aha’s could come our way if we would only notice. An aha is a sudden flash of clarity where all the pieces […]

Remember the Power of Kindness

My mother passed away peacefully on December 25, 2016 after months of debilitating pain. All of her children and many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren were able to visit with her during that day and into the evening. So many kindnesses were offered to her and my dad on a daily basis.

Now he […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|

How to Avoid Regrets

Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, worked for many years with patients who went home to die. She says, “I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives as they faced their own mortality. When questioned about any regrets they had or what they would […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|

The Conscious Parent Book Review

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary is an excellent and enlightening resource. This is my all-time favorite parenting book. It focuses on behaviors we as parents can change that then have a positive influence in our children’s lives. I especially like the focus on my behavior rather than my child’s behavior. It’s about being […]

By |March 12th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

How to Find the Opportunity in a Setback

Amy Purdy’s life is an amazing story of overcoming challenges—of turning a life-changing setback into an opportunity.

When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee to bacterial meningitis. She struggled with depression, and only beat it when she learned to accept her new reality, but not any limitations.  After being […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|

Are You in the Messy Middle?

Most of us hit the messy middle as we move toward the fulfillment of our goals. This means we must release the fear of the space between your dreams and reality, and get to work. Marsha Sinetar writes,
“Be sure you head toward what you love. Commit to your goal for the long haul. One reason […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Life Planning|0 Comments|