• personal development,  personal power,  thankful thursday

    Let Go to Move Forward

    Embrace a life you want It’s important to recognize feelings, situations, and people who don’t support our best interests. Letting go of these makes room for more positive, goal-supporting influences. I have learned to pay attention to my thoughts and redirect any that are negative or self-defeating. Sadly, I have also learned to let negative, defeatist people drift out of my life. If there is anyone you spend time with who leaves you feeling drained and demoralized, spend less time with that person; ideally, stop spending any time with them. I know it sounds harsh, but your well-being and your future depend on it. Don’t let energy vampires steal your life.…

  • motivation monday,  personal development,  personal power

    Do Other People Love Telling Old Stories About You?

    Perhaps Vanessa’s or Chloe’s story sounds familiar . . . Vanessa loved her extended family, but she always cringed during Thanksgiving dinner. Every year, her aunt would bring up Vanessa’s past mistakes. She would mention how many times Vanessa had shoplifted as a teenager and jokingly tell her family to count the silverware. Other relatives sometimes joined in the conversation and called Vanessa “sticky fingers.” Chloe was an alcoholic in recovery. Every few months, she’d get together with her friends for a girls’ weekend. The only problem was that one friend loved to bring up the crazy things Chloe did back in her drinking days. Chloe wasn’t ashamed of her…

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  • motivation monday,  personal development,  personal power,  personal responsibility

    Are you in love with your old stories?

    Even the bad ones? It’s Motivation Monday! Emma was a successful business owner who would tell herself, “I’m not good with money.” She used this story as an excuse to ignore the numbers in her business. She was constantly behind on her taxes, and she procrastinated getting a LLC set up even though she knew it would protect her. One day, a friend and fellow business owner called Emma out on what she was saying. Her friend told her the “not good with money” story was holding her back from the next level of success. It was Emma’s way of playing small and staying safe. What’s your story? Every day,…

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  • motivation monday,  personal development,  personal power,  self-care

    How do you do it?

    I just do it. I know that sounds like a Nike advertisement, but I have been asked this question and that is the best answer I know. I simply keep on doing. Mood, health, weather, finances, relationships, and more can trip me up. Trip. Possibly Fall. Definitely Get Back Up. I just keep going. I just do it. Nobody asks how I do it because I’m breathtakingly beautiful, or fabulously wealthy, or living in a posh pad, or driving a fancy car. They ask because, no matter what, I am living my life in an intentional and satisfying way. I live the life I want to live despite setbacks and hardships…

  • gratitude,  personal development,  thankful thursday

    The Power of Being Grateful

    Today I’m Thankful for . . . Spring Break! This week is spring break at the college where I teach. I’m thankful to have a break mid-semester to get some rest, work on some projects, and start recovering from the short winter days. Spring break gets me in the mood to enjoy spring. I am also grateful to have found a really nice series on being grateful than I can share with you. Below is a video message about how you can Improve Your Life by Being Grateful. You can also Click Here to download just the audio in an MP3 file. Enjoy, and let me know what you are…

  • motivation monday,  personal development,  want to life

    New meme, new topics

    . . . new every day! “Go for it!” is a mindset that works well for me, and I think it will work well for you too. Going for it doesn’t guarantee success, but not going for it does guarantee you’ll never know. Last week I wrote about pruning. This week I’m thinking about growing. Part of that growth is a new, disciplined approach to blogging. What does that mean for you? It means you’ll get new content five days a week. This is the schedule: Motivation Monday: you’ll see a new motivational quote and receive some inspirational insights (starting today!). Try it Tuesday: you’ll get tips or instructions or a how-to…

  • gardening,  personal development,  self-discovery,  want to life

    Prune the dead wood

    prepare for new growth If you are a gardener, you know you need to prune trees, shrubs, and rose bushes to keep them healthy. Each spring I take time to prune any dead or winter damaged branches. Today I worked in the back garden and spent quite a bit of time pruning my 15-year-old rambling rose. It’s a huge bush and soon it will be covered in hundreds of pink roses. Cutting out the dead wood will make it a healthier, stronger plant. While I was pruning, I thought about how our lives are not all that different from a rose bush. Over time, and especially as we endure and…

  • happiness,  personal development,  personality,  want to life

    Personality and Happiness

    Does your personality predict your happiness? I read THIS article on one of my favorites sites, the Greater Good Science Center. The premise is that the Big Five aspects of our personalities can predict our happiness. The good thing is by understanding those personality traits we can, if we wish, take steps to improve both our personality and our happiness.  Extraverts are happier, and so are the emotionally stable, personality researchers tell us. It also pays to be more open to new experiences, more agreeable, and more conscientious. What does that mean for the rest of us—the introverts, the neurotics, the disorganized? These are the aspects of the Big Five: Extraversion…

  • education,  personal development,  udemy

    Udemy Sitewide $15 Sale

    Going on until October 12 Look at these top courses you can enroll in for only $15: Novel Writing Workshop, An Entire MBA in 1 Course, Building a Personal Brand, and Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course. You know I believe in the free range life, the boss life, a life that I live on my own terms. Courses like these help people get there. Maybe they can help you, too. Enroll today. Who know where 15 bucks could take you.