3 Questions to Help You Start Dreaming Again

f you’re anything like me, and I’m betting you are, life has dealt you a few disappointments. 

Some disappointments are easier to get over: Someone took the last bowl of cereal. Your favorite restaurant is closed on Sundays and you’re starving. The dentist was out of red freebie toothbrushes at your cleaning.

Others aren’t as easy to get over. The worst are devastating: Losing your business during the recession. A broken relationship that simply won’t mend. A chronic illness. 

For me, disappointment stopped my dreaming. Why bother? Even if I got to have my dream, I’d end up losing it anyway. … More 3 Questions to Help You Start Dreaming Again

How To Transform Plaguing Insecurities Into Life-Giving Affirmations

Confession time. Sometimes I wake up more mortified about this new business than stoked. All I want is to throw the covers back over my head, snuggle down into the soft womb of my bed, and forget I had this brilliant idea in the first place. I mean, who am I to think I can pull something like this off? I’m just . . . me. Me with all my flaws, all my weaknesses, all my insecurities—insecurities which take this prime opportunity to rattle off why I suck. 

Sound familiar? … More How To Transform Plaguing Insecurities Into Life-Giving Affirmations

This is Not a Political Post. I Promise…

Did the title worry you? Don’t let it. I’m horrible at polarizing people on political issues. Sure, I have my opinions, but I prefer to hear your point of view and why you believe what you do, rather than arguing and trying to convince you to convert to my political or religious stance. 

Disclaimer done.

Raise your hand if you heard about #NationalSchoolWalkout. I hadn’t until my daughter’s high school sent an email to parents informing us that at 10 am on March 14th, our student might choose to walkout of class for 17 minutes to voice their outrage for the gun violence epidemic plaguing out nation.

Seventeen minutes.

One for every person killed Februrary 14th at Stoneman Douglas High School.  … More This is Not a Political Post. I Promise…

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

I’m honored and humbled to announce I was nominated for the 2018 Sunshine Blogger Award! This nomination came at an ideal time. I’ve been considering expanding my blog into a full-blown website to empower people to take brave steps to live the life they’ve always dreamed of. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and started building ActsofBravery.com to help me realize this dream. Of course, fear, self-doubt, and nagging thoughts like “who do you think you are” crept in. Thank you, Padma! This nomination encouraged me at exactly the right time!  … More The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Life Derailed? How to Renew Your Purpose

What’s my purpose? What was I born to do? What lights me up on the inside?

Ask me five years ago, and I would’ve spouted off assured answers to these burning questions.

But now? Not so much.

Just about four years ago, life threw my family and me a devastating curveball. We were just about recovered when, seven months later, the curveball twisted and gave us a one-two punch to the face and broke our hearts. And as we crawled and clawed and mourned our way out of the trauma, we came out stronger as a family unit, wise in ways we never wanted to be, and found a deep and profound healing in our souls.

As light dawned and we sighed a breath of relief in our new normal, until . . . … More Life Derailed? How to Renew Your Purpose

How to Reconnect Your Mind and Body

Raise your hand if you live more in your head than in your body.

In case you can’t see me, my hand is sticking so high in the air it makes that annoying teachers pet you secretly hated in high school look like a D student.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve viewed my body as a tool to achieve my goals.

That pain? Ignore it.

That fatigue? Push through.

That flu? Get back on my feet before I’m well.

I had no value for my body beyond it being a vessel through which I could interact with the world. … More How to Reconnect Your Mind and Body

Risk. Fail. Repeat.

Fast forward to your 80th birthday. You have all your favorite old bitys sitting in rocking chairs, anchored to the front porch. Your wrinkled significant other shuffles out barely gripping the birthday cake with enough candles to set the Hindenberg on fire. You’re worried your false teeth are going to fly out the second you try to blow them out. Got it pictured?

Good.

In that moment, right before you blow out the candles are you thinking, “Make a wish? No need. I have zero regrets.” Or are you thinking, “I’m wishing for the same dream to come true again?!” … More Risk. Fail. Repeat.

How Success Can Create Unrealistic Expectations

For those of you who haven’t figured it out already, I’m a goal-driven, Type-A personality, ready to conquer the world one checklist item at a time. This quality is perfect for accomplishing tasks and staying disciplined, but its horrible for the boring, monotonous, daily mindset I need to get well.

In fact, as I’ve created room in my daily life to heal from stupid, chronic Lyme disease—resting, listening to what my body needs (and actually doing it), the whole days job of taking medication and eating clean—my relentlessly, goal-driven mindset has highlighted a shocking bad habit that even the Energizer Bunny couldn’t maintain.

Let me explain. … More How Success Can Create Unrealistic Expectations