Amid pandemic and unrest, we wonder which stores, restaurants, salons, beaches, entertainment venues and communities remain closed and which ones are open. And to what extent? So how might we benefit from turning those questions to ourselves for a bit, to create greater self-awareness and intention for the days ahead? Closed or open - which one am I? In what ways am I "closed," and in … [Read more...] about Closed or Open – Which One Am I?
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Resilience is defined as toughness, or "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." And in researcher language, it's "positive adaptation despite adversity." But is it something we're born with? Can we develop more of it? And can we use it up as we go through life? When Resilience Begins Science indicates that resilience is not uniform across people, places, or situations. So … [Read more...] about Resilience: What Is It, and How Can I Get More of It?
Before all the white flower buds flutter off the Bradford pear in my front yard, I'm taking a moment to look back on what I learned in winter 2019. Spring isn't officially here yet, but it feels close, with the flowers and trees blooming. Not to mention the April showers that arrived in December and stayed all winter. So it's time to move on. And, it's a good time to look back, to what I … [Read more...] about 4 Things I Learned in Winter 2019
The practice of reflecting on what I've learned requires an intentional pause and often leads me to gratitude. And here at the holidays, I welcome all pauses and attempts to slow down and be thankful. Author Emily P. Freeman several years ago on her blog began encouraging her readers "to pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future,” and I first I took up that … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Fall 2018
If you're looking for a summer read, may I offer a few ideas that go beyond the genre known informally as "romance novel to read while sitting on the beach?" Not that there's anything wrong with that genre! If that's what you enjoy and what you need right now to decompress, go for it. And in that case, bookmark this for later when you're wanting something else. But if you're ready for … [Read more...] about 5 Books that Could Boost Your Health This Summer
Before running fully into summer and an erratic schedule, I'm again taking a cue from writer Emily P. Freeman, who encourages her readers to “pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future.” For me, this intentional practice feels just right - regular, but not so often that it feels overwhelming. And it complements some of the private journaling that I do. So here, … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Spring 2018