Category: wellness

40 simple pleasures for 40 years

40 simple pleasures for 40 years
Ancient philosopher Saint Augustine, who leveraged Plato’s teachings, links forty with perfection. While this new 40-year-old strives for order; we still embrace a life of imperfection, rich in beauty of simple moments and favorite things with loved ones. When little ones whistle — like the birds — they make your heart soar. When you feel overwhelmed with... Read more »

Five Types of Small Talk

People seem to either love or hate small talk. My chatty sister asked a mother and daughter pair to snap this photo south of Boston with our brother and our kids. They quickly realized we live near each other in Chicago and share friends. SAFE. The mother-in-law, who helped distract our little ones for this photo opp,... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »
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3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »

End-of-school year thoughts

Winston Churchill’s sentiment, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” seems like an aspiration at times. More coffee, anyone? As this Mom looks forward to her family’s end-of-school year, thoughts stream from humility to appreciation and bittersweet nostalgia. Our oldest recently warned his friends taught him lying is wrong. Glad... Read more »

5 sound bites from the best exercise instructors

A strong body helps nurture your mind and soul. Even if you cringe at group fitness, inspirational teachers and trainers help improve your exercise routine. Remember the Karate Kid movies? Wax…Wax off.  —Mr. Kesuke Miyagi Mindful and strong attention while you clean helps rid the mess and work your arms. Engage your core and step into... Read more »
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3 New Year observations

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” This year, we embrace Helen Keller’s wise words. We must collaborate, act, and be kind. Teamwork in families, communities, professional, and political environments help reach compromise. We benefit from others’ strengths to... Read more »

Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance

Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance
Many adults self-identify as exhausted and busy. If you plan and practice simple routines, that may help conserve mental energy during mundane tasks. We try to pause and reflect for perspective. Lists help our family and professional teams function best — almost in autopilot for the recurring action items. We still need to review everything... Read more »

3 things to help inspire change post Las Vegas shooting

3 things to help inspire change post Las Vegas shooting
Many Americans feel sad and defeated in the wake of our country’s most deadly mass shooting in modern history on Sunday in Las Vegas. History such as our founding fathers reminds us of a better time. David Brooks wrote this week in anticipation of “somebody who has the guts to say no to tribe, yes... Read more »
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3 life lessons to embrace before turning 40

I dreaded turning 30. Almost a decade and many life lessons later, I embrace more humility, gratitude and perspective. As Julianne Moore says, aging is a privilege. Humility. While perfection is impossible, we may always learn more and do better. Our professional and family teams challenge us to stretch and grow.  We learn from people of... Read more »