• No Matter What…Grace

    Even though you’re worn down, and can’t get your kid to sleep or listen. Even though you lost your job, and everyone’s depending on your paycheck. Even though you think you’re too old to make a difference, or messed up BIG, or your decision ended up hurting someone to the point that their life has changed, Even though your loved one is sick or addicted or suffering, and you cannot help them. Even though you lost it with your kids, disappointed your co-workers, and never fulfilled that pearl of a dream. Even then. Even then, there’s grace. Even then, there is a crack in the cold concrete and a ray…

  • The Question to Ask Yourself Before Your Next Job

    When I first entered the workforce years ago, I had a consistent and pretty successful strategy for picking jobs. I dug into the meager findings and applied to positions with descriptions that fit my qualifications. Sounds pretty normal right? What I learned after a few decades of job hopping was that I was good at getting jobs, but I was terrible at finding jobs that fit me. I was so focused on placating the interviewee that I rarely stopped to judge whether it was something I was into too. This may seem like a subtle difference. But here’s why it matters. Even if you are in dire need of a…

  • Halloween Fun

    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen some of these. But I have a few new photos for you too. Almost every year since the kids were born, I’ve made their costume. My first DIY Halloween costume ever was hand sewing Bamm-Bamm. I still have the tiny cloth tucked away in a shoe box. Last year, I sewed a felt bowling ball for one child and bowling pin for the other because my son loved bowling. But this was the first year that I let them choose what they wanted to be. I didn’t think I’d be able to swing it. Thomas the Train was beyond my meager…

  • A Simple Life Changing Exercise

    I hope you had the chance to catch Kris Carr’s Healing Cancer World Summit. This free event was meant for cancer patients and caregivers, but there was a plethora of life saving information for everyone. It was one lightbulb moment after another-a truly holistic endeavor to care for your entire being from what to eat to how to truly love your whole self. One of the pearls I picked up from this online event was an exercise to help determine your purpose and life goal. Since a strong desire to live is essential for anyone struggling with chronic illness like cancer, this was an important part of the healing process.…

  • Unleash the Magic In These Words

    Words hold power to shift your situation. Listen to the magic held in the following passages and see if through pure mindfulness, you can hear what they’re trying to change in you. I signed up for Picture Book Summit this year and had the great fortune of listening to various authors share their expertise. In a session entitled, “Storytelling vs. Story Showing: Balancing Illustration and Text in Picture Books,” author and illustrator LeUyen Pham beautifully said this: “Going from UCLA, from doing what I thought I was supposed to do with my life to what I should be doing with my life, it’s like slipping into a warm bath. Everything…

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  • My Most Inspiring Story

    What happens when you neglect something as meaningful as a calling is it refuses to be ignored, tossed away and forgotten. It oozes out when we’re unaware, stretching into different avenues of our lives. I had a secret wish since being coached by this amazing woman to coach others and give them the gift of hope and courage she had given me for years. So I reached out to my social media platforms with an invitation to come on this adventure with me. I never expected anyone to answer the call, but the person who did ended up being the perfect student. Both of us were new to this coaching…

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  • Your Greatest Liability

    There’s something holding you back from success, the life you desire, and the dream you have for yourself. When you wield a shield of sameness, it’s to protect yourself from the hurt of standing out. Maybe you were taught that being too you was unwanted. You were too shy, sensitive or maybe too loud and honest. Maybe you had too many ideas. You were too ambitious or not ambitious enough. So you buried that part of yourself because the thought of being unworthy and unloved was too much to bear. That you has gone hidden. You’ve become saturated in everyone else. You’ve become a star at one thing. You’re a…

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