Catalysts, Seasons and Positive Change

Last time, I wrote about how the weeks between mid-August and early September feel a bit like New Years, no matter how long since your last back-to-school shopping excursion. This time, I’m going to show you how the change of seasons – especially from summer to fall – can become a catalyst that leads you […]

Positive Change: Change is Coming

Happy New Year It’s three weeks until Labor Day in the U.S., which can only mean one thing: it’s time to start getting ready for New Years. Not the Auld Lang Syne and fireworks and champagne toasts at midnight kind. I’m talking about the New Years that begins around the first of September. Maybe it […]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Resilient Day

I thought it was the worst part of my day when the squirrel scratching on the porch roof made it difficult to concentrate on drafting the blog post about resiliency. Until the less-than-sweet odor confirmed it wasn’t a squirrel and it definitely was not on the roof. I caught wind of the skunk, under the […]

Values & Well-Being with a Slice of Americana

Three generations, decked out in red, white and blue, lawn chairs at the curb in the same spot since the flag only had 48 stars. The parade’s been the same since the grandparents were newlyweds, the parents were toddlers and the kids scrambling for candy tossed from the floats weren’t yet a twinkle in anyone’s […]

Feeling Stuck? Know What You Want to Bring Along to Get Moving

Sometimes getting clear about what you absolutely want to keep can help you let go of the things you need to release that will help you move forward. Imagine a burned-out teacher. He knows it’s time to retire, but the thought of filling out the paperwork to make it real leaves feeling overwhelmed. Once he […]

A Simple Prescription for Decision Overload

I pride myself on the ninja-like way I shop for groceries: get in, get my stuff and get out as quickly and efficiently as possible. It works great, except during the summer, when I live and work in a resort town. By July, the town’s population will increase tenfold, but the grocery store will remain […]

The Simple Path to Strengths-Based Well-Being: Do a Kindness

I was lost in the weekly after church dilemma – oatmeal raisin or white chocolate cranberry – when he sidled up beside me, linked his arm in mine and got so close, well, let’s just say we have different ideas about personal space. “Did you hear about the little girl who sang for the Pope […]

Subtle Transitions and Intentional Celebrations

I love summer. I love waiting to spy the first lightning bug every evening. Fresh local produce that makes healthy eating such a simple pleasure. The way a stifling August afternoon inspires guilt-free naps. And popsicles. Anticipation I love looking forward to summer, counting down the days until it feels like the living truly is […]

You Have to Make Mistakes

  You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: you don’t think your way into becoming yourself. Anne Lamott   There’s a reason pencils come with erasers. Sometimes the best option is to use them. theilr via Compfight

Burnout by Any Other Name

I’ve been thinking a lot about rest lately. I suspect it’s because I stopped thinking about it long enough to finally get some. On the cusp of a big transition about a year ago, I blocked out time for some R & R before diving headlong in to my next big thing. I figured it […]