Monthly Archives: November 2016

Gift Giving: It’s The Thought That Counts! (well…umm…maybe)

We’ve all heard it before, especially at this time of the year.  When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts.  But is that true?

Maybe.

We’ve all gotten that gift at some point where we open it and think “What the…?”

It’s the thought that counts if there is indeed thought- a good intention- behind it and if we have the ability to recognize the thought.  It comes from both sides.  Are we honestly putting thought into our gift giving? Are we accepting gifts with the intention in mind? Continue reading

Random Acts of Kindness Start at Home

We are about to embark on the season of charity.

We are compelled to feed the hungry and help the needy.  Rightly so.  To those of us who have been blessed it is only right to pass it on.  There will be extraordinary acts of kindness and giving reported everywhere. We may even be a recipient of a free coffee  in the drive through line by someone who generously started a random act of kindness.

It is fabulous to witness it all when we live in a world where there is so much ugliness brought to life on a regular basis.

However, the holidays can be stressful for even the most die hard festive reveler.  Unfortunately most of us unleash the side effects of this stress on the ones we love the most. Continue reading

Can Self-Acceptance Be an Excuse?

I am very happy to see more people talking about acceptance, of themselves and each other…  More people talking about being their authentic selves….  More people discussing the concept of not judging a book by its cover.  I think it is a wonderful thing to embrace our differences and to not force people into one little tiny mold.

However, I also believe there is sometimes a dangerous side effect to all that.  It offers up easy excuses. Continue reading

How to Fight Frustration (by celebrating small victories)

There is a lot of work that goes in to reaching a goal or accomplishing something.  Very rarely do things go according to plan A or hit success on the exact date we schedule (or maybe that’s just me).  Sometimes we have to use an extraordinary amount of discipline and delayed gratification in order to get what we envision for ourselves.  This can lead to a boat load of frustration. Continue reading