Category Archives: Personal Development

Do you really want to be successful?

Do You Really Want To Be Successful?

I want you to be everything you dreamed you could be.

I want you to have everything you ever wanted.

I want you to achieve every single goal you have set for yourself this year.

Truly and sincerely, I do.  I want your blessings to be overflowing.

But do you? Continue reading

New starts, clean slates, letting go

Hello Clean Slate

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

Bucket list, accomplishments, goals

An Update on My Fabulous (Bucket) List

A while back I wrote about my opinions on rebranding the bucket list.  I rebranded mine “The Fabulous List”.  

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

Examining a Wonderful Life

Call me old school.

I love the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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

How to build a tribe in real life

How to Build a Tribe IRL

 

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

Looking for Gratitude

How to Find Gratitude When Your Life is a Trainwreck

 

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

Change is inevitable

Six Reasons to Embrace Change and Four Ways to Do It!

 

Fall is here!

One of the great things about living in the Midwest is watching the change of seasons.  Every season brings something unique and wonderful.

All that change suits someone like me that lives a serial life.

Change is inevitable. The weather changes. The seasons change.  We grow older.  Culture changes. Fashion changes. Technology changes.  Life is always in flux.

However, there are many out there that don’t do well with change.

Yes, it can be prickly.  Yes, it is not always in our control.   It’s going to happen anyway.

Change isn’t inherently bad and we know it is going to happen anyways, we should embrace it and make the most out of it. Continue reading

The Best Time to Reboot is NOW!

The Best Time for a Reboot is NOW!

The best time to start all over or work on a new goal is NOT Monday, next week, or New Year’s Day.

The best time is the minute you know you need the change.

The best time is when you have defined that new goal.

The best time is when you’ve made the decision.

The best time is NOW!

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One act that can revolutionize gossip

One Act That Can Revolutionize Gossip

 

You can find gossip anywhere.

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.

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