Category Archives: Change

How to take advantage of serendipity

Learn to Embrace the Gift of Serendipity

We regularly have opportunities in our life that show up unplanned.

The best things in my life came as a surprise to me.  My husband, three of my career tracks, some of the friends I have, and some really cool experiences I had never had even thought to want all appeared when I least expected it.

The irony here is that, in general, I don’t like surprises.  I like my goals set, and life well planned and documented in my calendar in advance. As most people who have made it to adulthood know, the universe laughed at this!   I have been thrown a lot of surprises, both good and bad.  The bad helped me find strength and perseverance but the good has brought me so much happiness. Continue reading

Five reasons why habit tracking is beneficial

Five Benefits of Habit Tracking

Have you ever wanted to break your bad habits or create new ones?

It’s usually easier said than done.

Jerry Seinfeld has been credited in popularizing the technique of habit tracking.  He has been reported giving the advice that this is the technique he used when he was an up and comer.  He simply put a red X on his calendar every day that he did some writing so that he formed a chain.  He didn’t want to break the chain so he continued and then it was a habit.

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Lessons from a near death experience

What I Learned From a Near Death Experience

Back in March, I had what I would call a near death experience.

I think I can call it a near death experience even though I didn’t hover over my own body, my heart didn’t stop, and there was no white light or anyone from the other side.

I actually remember almost none of it and am going on the stories that were relayed to me.  There was a life flight, a chest tube, and the card on the flowers that my daughter gave me that said, “Mom, thanks for not dying!” All this evidence points me to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a near death experience. Continue reading

How NOT to Turn into a Curmudgeon (or how to be a cool old person)

Have you ever noticed that there are two types of old people?

There are cranky, bitter, sour old people. The Curmudgeons. These are the ones most people dread being around.

Then there is the interesting fun to be with old people that people look at and say “That’s how I want to be when I grow up”.  They are the cool old people. Continue reading

How to find yourself without leaving home!

How to Find Yourself – Without Leaving Home

I love a story with a soul searching quest.  A great example of this is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am a fan of both the book and the author. For a similar story with a male perspective, there is Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner. Both books were on the New York Times best seller list. Apparently, I am not the only one who enjoys these types of stories.

If you’ve never read the books they are similar in the fact that something goes horribly awry in their life, and they leave on an extensive trip to go find themselves and discover life truths.  So many interesting details to mull over.  I read and reflect and then part of me gets pissed off!

Seriously, who does that? Continue reading

Don't let them tell you can't do something

What To Do When Someone Says “You Can’t’

When someone says you can’t do something you should walk off and laugh.  And laugh some more and get determined.

When someone tells me that I can’t do something, that I will fail, I turn it into fuel.

Negative energy is a challenge to me. Continue reading

Five Things You Can Do When Change Snowballs

Five Things You Can Do When Change Snowballs

 

Have you ever decided to clean out a closet or a room and you start and all of a sudden it looks way worse than the mess you were trying to remedy?

It happens to me all the time.  Sometimes knowing this makes me even reluctant to start.  Once I do start it can even be a bit daunting.

Then I realized that this happens when I make changes, too. Continue reading

Questions to ask yourself

Questions to Ask Yourself When Contemplating a Major Life Change

 

Sometimes we feel we need to make a change.  How can you tell if you just need to color your hair, try something new, or make a drastic change?

No one can really answer that question but you. Sometimes a small change can garner large results. However, if there is even a remote possibility that you could/should/want/have to make a huge transformation then you should make sure you explore it thoroughly. Continue reading