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Making Friends Beyond 40: How Do You Define Friendship

Making Friends Beyond 40: How Do You Define Friendship

Forging meaningful friendship is a center point throughout our lives. Yet, is making friends any easier as an adult than it was back in grade school? My daughter started middle school this year. She’s at a new school, has a plethora of new responsibilities, and is...
Improve Your Health: Pack Your Bags and Travel!

Improve Your Health: Pack Your Bags and Travel!

If you’re anything like me, some of your best memories in life involve times of travel. We all think of travel as a splurge, a way to get away from “real life” and something we only do a few times per year. But if we want to create a higher level of...
Getting Back To Nature: We Are Connected To The Earth

Getting Back To Nature: We Are Connected To The Earth

There is something therapeutic about digging your hands into the earth. The smell of rich, pungent soil and the warmth of the earth in your hands as you plant vegetables to nourish your body or maybe flowers to nourish your spirit. We are one with nature. I...
Be Brave!

Be Brave!

I can remember, as if it were yesterday, walking into my very first day of kindergarten. Clasping tightly to my mother’s leg, crying uncontrollably and begging her not to make me go. One of my older, teenage sisters was there too, also begging my mom not to make...
Making A Place For Pain In Your Life

Making A Place For Pain In Your Life

Pain does not lessen with time. The effect time has on our pain is that it merely allows us to learn where to put it in our lives. Today marks the 16 year anniversary of my daughter’s birth and death. The pain is as real today as it was that day in 2002, but I...
What Does It Really Mean To Be Empowered?

What Does It Really Mean To Be Empowered?

You do not raise yourself up by tearing others down. I don’t care if it comes to race, gender, financial security, professional accomplishment or social status, you can only become empowered from within. Empowerment can mean different things to different people, but I...
Who Are You Really?

Who Are You Really?

In preparing to register my daughter for a new school, I had to dig out her original birth certificate. She was born 11 years ago, in Jiangxi, China and we adopted her at age 8 months. This is our “story” and honestly, this many years later, we don’t...
Are You Bringing Kindness Into the World?

Are You Bringing Kindness Into the World?

What I am about to say is going to take some serious self-reflection and is guaranteed to make you squirm. But, in the wake of the school shooting in Florida this past week, I’m just fine with making some people think a little deeper about the role they play within...
3 Daily Practices That Will Completely Change Your Life

3 Daily Practices That Will Completely Change Your Life

There is a certain energy around the start of a new year when we tend to focus on the areas of our life we want to make improvements. I personally eat these times up! The natural sense of creating something new, which typically leads to me waking long before my alarm...