There is nothing more exciting to me than a brand new spiral notebook. It is just so beautiful. So pristine. So ready for the possibilities. It is a clean slate. I love it because I can do whatever I want. It could be a to-do list, a journal, a sketchbook, or I can fill it with notes about any subject I want. What is there not to like about that?
Many times a clean slate is harder to come by than a new notebook: Moving, ending relationships, starting new jobs, apologizing. However, we get that magic time that our cultural tradition gives us every year…New Years!Continue reading →
One thing I have learned is that the list is fluid. What may have been on the list 10, 5, or even one year ago might not be as attractive as it once was. There are also things that get added to the list and there are opportunities that come along that we didn’t even identify as a want until it was presented to us. Continue reading →
As an adult it is my holiday must see every year. I own the disc. I schedule a viewing on my calendar so that it doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle.
I am eternally grateful to Frank Capra for bringing Philip Van Doren Stern’s story to life. It can seem like a simple movie but if you watch it enough (ahem…about 30 plus times like me) there are a whole lot of layers, a whole lot of metaphors, and a bunch of life lessons.Continue reading →
In the blogosphere and business world, you will see countless mentions of “building your tribe”. It is great advice- everyone needs a support system- but often it seems it is applied to an online network or following. There is nothing wrong with that but we don’t live a virtual or compartmentalized life. We live in a tangible world and everything we do is just part of the whole of who we are. Continue reading →
Gratitude is touted as a key to happiness. I absolutely unequivocally believe that it is true. But how do you find gratitude when life is off the rails, when it seems like you are taking one step forward and two steps back, or when it feels like there is a grand conspiracy against you? Life has a way of doing that to us sometimes.
In the wreckage, there is always at least some tiny grain of thankfulness. If we can find the little tiny grains and store them up for ourselves, before long we have a bushel basket. The more we have to be grateful for the less imposing our problems look.Continue reading →
The office, church, friends, even your own family…no one is immune.
We often associate gossip as negative. If we are going to be politically correct, we would say that gossip is frowned upon. However, even social scientists are finding that it has some benefits to society. A Stanford study determined that gossip can actually deter selfishness and encourage cooperation. Who knew?
While these benefits are interesting news no one wants to be the topic of such gossip. Gossip has bad connotations. Gossip gone too far can turn into bullying and become a detriment to any environment. Gossip has a huge ICK factor.
However, there is a way to turn gossip upside down.