21 Jun 2012

When is a Rule Really Just a Suggestion?

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. -Katharine Hepburn When is a rule really just a suggestion? And when do suggestions morph into rules? Our world is full of rules. Signs tell us where to go. Written instructions tell us what to do. Emily Post tells us how to act.  And if this isn’t enough, we start making internal rules for...

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14 Jun 2012

5 Tips for the Care and Maintenance of Friendships

Social and emotional support is very effective in helping us handle stress. A strong sense of community can be just the thing that anchors us and helps us feel connected when the going gets rough. Emotional support buffers us against the extremes of emotions that cause increases in adrenaline and cortisol (both of which can contribute to chronic disease and weight gain). Recent studies have...

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07 Jun 2012

I Do What I Do Because I Believe Everyone Deserves to Live A Happy, Healthy Life

At my recent Mastermind meeting, I had an opportunity to do an exercise that blew me away. My coach, Christine Kane, had us write 5-7 guiding principles for our businesses. Quite honestly, I had never thought about this And here’s what I discovered. There are many days when I get lost in the “to-do’s” and feel like I am doing nothing but putting out fires....

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10 May 2012

The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

One of the first things I ask my new clients to do as we begin to work together is to start a gratitude journal. I do this because many of them have problems they focus on with such intensity that they forget to see what’s right with their worlds. The shifts that happen when they spend 5 minutes each day doing this exercise are very...

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26 Apr 2012

7 Tips to Stop the Whack-a-Mole Game in Your Life

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t feel completely overwhelmed with all of life’s ‘stuff” from time to time.  And just when you think you’ve got things under control, something inevitably pops up in another area of your life when you least expect it.  The good news is that when life starts to feel like one big game of Whack-A-Mole, there are ways you...

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19 Apr 2012


I’ve photographed this bench several times since a cold dreary March morning in 2007. It sits in a grove of hemlocks by the Ivy River…..a very unassuming old glider that was spending what appeared to be its final days rusting away with just a tiny bit of white paint left to protect it. A year later,  it was painted a vibrant red and stood out...

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29 Mar 2012

Have You Taken This Photograph Before?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch I have taken this picture at least 100 times. It comes in various sizes, shapes and locations.  It is a safe, reliable composition…an object framing a distant beautiful subject.  Frame it up, press the shutter release and move on. I love this kind of shot, but here’s the thing. It does nothing...

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22 Mar 2012

The Foundation of Forward Movement

“I want to get my finances in order. If something happens to me, I don’t want to leave a mess that my family has to clean up.”  This is one of the intentions that came from a participant in a group coaching call I hosted.  The woman that shared this is smart and successful.  But her financial house was a mess.  She’s been thinking for...

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15 Mar 2012

5 Ways to Jumpstart an Attitude Makeover

My husband and I were recently in a busy fast-food restaurant in an airport.  We were placing our order with a cheerful counter attendant when one of her co-workers came running in, obviously late for work. “Cheerful” spoke to her colleague with a quick “How’s it going?” “It sucks!” was the response as she got as grumpy gal darted around the corner. The employees and...

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08 Mar 2012

It’s Gotta Go! 5 Simple Steps for Clearing Clutter

Oprah has entire issues on it. There are TV reality shows about it. Even Cooking Light has an article about it. “It” is clutter, and clutter is getting a lot of press these days.  Google “declutter” and you’ll get over 556,000 hits! Clutter is the stuff that no longer serves us. It fills up our space (mentally and physically).  One of the basic tenets of...

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