3 Steps to Effectively Handle the Stress of Loss

There are many life situations that trigger stress, but one of the main sources is loss. It could be as simple as the loss of a sale or a favored object, or as significant as the loss of a project, job, business or money. Or even the biggest loss: The loss of a loved one. … Continue reading 3 Steps to Effectively Handle the Stress of Loss


Overloaded? Learn How to Say NO

When someone asks you for a favor or to do something, do you always say, “Yes,” even if saying yes may put you out, causing you to be overloaded? Many people have been raised to believe that there is a greater nobility and worthiness in giving up self for the sake of others. They will … Continue reading Overloaded? Learn How to Say NO


An Easy Cure for Creativity Blocks

I enjoy doing puzzles, and I’m quite good at it. I especially like to do 500-piece puzzles without seeing the picture so I have to let it unfold as I put the pieces in place. I do not put the borders together first, filling them in only when a section warrants edges. It makes it … Continue reading An Easy Cure for Creativity Blocks


Doing the Right Thing Isn’t Always Easy

I know it’s sometimes hard to do the right thing. It gets complicated by many different circumstances, such as our own self interest, fears that may be triggered and our definition of what makes something “right.” To people who operate purely from self-interest, the right thing to do is whatever is best for them at … Continue reading Doing the Right Thing Isn’t Always Easy


From Trauma to a New Connection: The Evolution of a Mother-Daughter Relationship

I returned home this past Saturday, after a pleasant day of watching a live performance of Evita and dining with a close friend, to three messages on my private phone line. On the first message I heard the words from a frantic unknown person:  mom, accident, bad, lots of blood, rushed to emergency. The second … Continue reading From Trauma to a New Connection: The Evolution of a Mother-Daughter Relationship


Got Pain? A Simple Way to Accelerate the Healing Process

No one likes pain “¦ except maybe masochistic people “¦ and when pain strikes, it increases the tension level in your body. Whether the pain was caused by something someone else did to you (for instance, a doctor giving you a shot in the muscle instead of a joint) or caused by something you did, … Continue reading Got Pain? A Simple Way to Accelerate the Healing Process


How to Smooth Out Life’s Little Speed Bumps

Life has ups and downs. One day you make a big sale and the next day your refrigerator breaks. One day you’re in love and the next day you are breaking up. One day your co-worker is in a great mood and the next day she’s abusive. One moment you’re happy and the next your … Continue reading How to Smooth Out Life’s Little Speed Bumps


A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way

My soon to be 92-year old mother, who lives alone in an over-55 community, cannot clearly hear another person’s voice when on the phone or otherwise. Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to admit that, so she makes an assumption about what the other person must be saying. Of course, that assumption is usually the response she … Continue reading A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way


Which Path Are You Choosing?

While living life we have two choices: focus on what we want in our life or focus on what we don’t want. Since we attract to us more of whatever we focus on, we can spend our time fighting our “perceived” opponent or spending our time creating a better world. Fighting our opponents equates to … Continue reading Which Path Are You Choosing?


Turning Failure into Success

The way I see it, we are always getting it right, even when it appears that we’ve made a mistake, goofed things up or failed, for everything we do leads to greater understanding and wisdom. We can’t get it wrong. There is no should, shouldn’t, can’t, have to, need to or must, because life is … Continue reading Turning Failure into Success