Category: personal reflection

5 quotes that keep me mindful

Just keep livin’ ~ Matthew McConaughey, from Dazed and Confused. Surprisingly, these words have kept me going in some dark times. When you don’t know what to do, all you have to do is this. Two choices, love or fear ~ paraphrased from A Course in Miracles.  Every choice we make is based on either one or the... Read more »

She chose great, and so do I

Awhile back, I honestly can’t remember when, I decided to respond to this question, “How are you today?” With this answer:   “Great!” Or if not great, maybe wonderful or something along those lines – it’s not even something I think about anymore, it’s become a habit. Is this always true you may ask? Well,... Read more »

When it comes to life success, we need to use words our boys can hear

As a mother of three girls who comes from a predominately female family, I have a lot to learn when it comes to masculine language. As I discussed in a previous blog post, my husband and I are facilitating a class for 5th graders about emotional intelligence and the girl spots filled quickly, the boy... Read more »

The uncomfortable shift from school to summer

When I think summer I think lighter, more open, less structured – but with kids, the lack of structure can be initially brutal and anxiety provoking. I say initially because I have done this enough times now to know that we eventually find a flow, we get back into a routine; somehow we become comfortable... Read more »

What is the difference between happiness and joy?

Happiness is a gift from a friend or a kiss from a child. Joy is feeling love for someone and noticing when someone loves us. Happiness is a day when things are going really well. Joy is finding a way to laugh when things get too scary, or smiling at someone on the street, even... Read more »

Responding to criticism and spinning in the fields

The most common criticism of my writing and radio show is: “You need to talk more about your problems; you need to be more real.” I know what people are trying to say, but the truth is, at 41, I am finally being real. Here’s what I know – when something happens, I don’t just... Read more »

Life-changing lessons - #1 Write like you talk

Life’s lessons, big and small, are the essential experiences that wake us up and bring us back to our true selves and a simpler way of being.  Some of my best (and most difficult) lessons have become rules to live by, and for the next several weeks I’ll share some of my favorites in a... Read more »

Creativity, learning to fly, and impressing the one that matters most

Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once he grows up. ~ Pablo Picasso When I was little, I wanted to fly. I’d jump from tables and chairs, using fly swatters, or even an umbrella in an attempt to suspend mid air. I dove into art projects, I baked (usually... Read more »

A 10-year-old sees the beauty in the simple

My daughter was outside today collecting bits of glass from the street.  I resisted the urge to ask why or to tell her why she should be careful. She’s turning 10 this month so I am beginning the process of trusting and gently letting go. She came inside with a bag of different colored glass... Read more »

Teaching students they are valuable, important, and not crazy

Today I talked to my college students about mindfulness. The class is Intro to Social Work and today’s focus was noticing your thoughts, questioning the validity of your thoughts, and creating space between you and your thoughts. Yes, I got a lot of blank stares throughout class, and I know that some of my students... Read more »