The Secret to Dealing With Panic and Being Present For Bliss

Not long ago, someone I know needed help. I got a phone call that stopped me in my tracks. It was like time stood still and my lungs quit working as my mind spun. My whole body was shaking. But I needed to respond, to find a way to help. I needed to be in the moment and I needed to be strong. This moment was breath-taking - but not in the way we generally use that term. I had literally lost my breath and I had to dive deep to find it. I needed to breathe in order to take the next right action. Fear has the power to make [...]

2018-12-06T20:53:14+00:00December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Daring Way™: My Story, Your Story, Our Story

I just found out - in the midst of an already over-scheduled fall and a particularly busy work day -  that I am finally official. I have completed my certification for the Daring Way™. I read the email, smiled, and kept moving on - forgetting to savor the moment, forgetting to acknowledge my accomplishment. I do that a lot, I’ve realized. I move on without pausing to rest in satisfaction over what I have accomplished. So now, I am trying to make a practice of slowing it down. I’m trying to consciously spend some time recognizing and celebrating the work I have done - both when it comes to this [...]

2018-11-02T23:07:56+00:00October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

When Worry Gets in the Way of Holiday Cheer

“Everything’s so great right now. Clearly, it’s just a matter of time before the other shoe drops…” You know this feeling, it comes with all the old stories that go something like “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is…” But what if you stopped challenging your own happiness and let yourself actually feel it? Believe it or not, that “feeling it” can be one of the scariest things to do.   When fears about the worst case scenario cloud the sweetest mundane moments It’s rare that I get to spend time with my parents without the kids around, but we  recently spent a special afternoon together, [...]

2017-12-21T22:18:05+00:00December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gratitude as a Lived, Everyday Practice, Not Just a Holiday Tradition

Giving thanks is steeped in our history as an American people… We all have our own ways of doing this, whether it’s speaking about what we’re thankful for when family and friends gather for turkey or something you do on your own. Thank goodness we have a holiday that puts gratitude front and center. There is so much research out there now on why this little practice of giving thanks is healing and changing lives for the better. Gratitude helps us choose joy over fear and conscious presence over anxiety. That sounds like something we always need though, doesn’t it? What if gratitude wasn’t just a “Thanksgiving thing”? What if [...]

2018-11-21T21:02:04+00:00November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Celebration of Everyday Bravery

On the first day of school, my third-grader put on his new bookbag and then he put on a big smile too. I was so struck by his bravery. We went through all the usual reminders you’d give a child who is preparing to go to a new school, and then added a few more: where his lunch box would be, where he would be sitting in the cafeteria, and where his epi-pen would be housed for the year. As much as it takes courage for any kid to go to a new school, it takes something more in this case. My son has a severe peanut allergy. The smallest [...]

2018-02-24T00:01:42+00:00October 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

What the Irish Can Teach Us About Telling and Healing Stories

My grandmother was a tough woman. She could come off as cold, but those of us in her family knew she had a huge heart. We understood where she came from because we knew her story: she grew up during the Depression. […]

2017-03-16T02:50:39+00:00March 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Holiday Stress

Here we are in the middle of December. Some of the 2016 holiday season is already in the memory books, but there are still many more joys – and stresses! – awaiting us before New Year’s Day. How can you hold on to the beautiful moments and prepare yourself to survive with the challenges? […]

2017-03-15T18:28:20+00:00December 15th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right. ~ Henry Ford Man oh man, this is a big one. This is such a powerful statement. It is simple but says so much. I can’t claim it as my own since I first saw it on a bumper sticker on my way to NC one summer. However, I have been using this, personally and professionally ever since. Because this is what I teach people to do, not believe everything they think. […]

2017-01-23T21:23:20+00:00July 21st, 2016|News|0 Comments

BALANCE – Part 3 – 6 Strategies for Finding Balance

Let’s recap quickly from our last blog.  In Part 2 of the 6 strategies we discussed the following   Awareness –  Start to notice where you are spending your time Delegate  –     You are not an island Connection – Connect. People need People   Have you tried them out yet? Are they working? Did you come up with any new ideas on your own?   Let’s continue on and discuss the last 3 of 6 strategies – But make sure and continue to practice the ones that have helped. […]

2017-01-23T21:23:20+00:00May 27th, 2016|News|0 Comments
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