Despite being trained as a journalist and having worked for newspapers, I rarely turn on the television news or thoroughly read a newspaper anymore. What gets reported largely is what happened in the past, and I cannot change what happened. I can only react to it and let it affect me. Because much of it is negative or sad, and even confrontational, it affects me negatively. It … [Read more...] about Who Do You Give Access to Your Mind?
If I’m going to be running, something will be chasing me! That used to be my saying. And then popcorn season came. I had been going to the gym for a few months, and on the days I didn’t go to the gym I walked in our neighborhood for mental clarity and some extra cardio. I didn’t always love it, but I kept doing it. One afternoon, my boys decided to go out and sell Boy Scout popcorn in our … [Read more...] about Chased By Lightning
Do you have albums you’ve started but never finished, or some you’ve never started but still would like to complete? Want to finish them this month? Wouldn’t that be AMAZING!? You can do it, if you employ a speed technique called Power Layouts. I first tried this method when I had a toddler who took 90-minute naps. I hadn’t been creating scrapbooks very long, and I was S-L-O-W. The first … [Read more...] about One System (7 Steps) to Speed Up Your Album-Making
This isn’t ever how it should be – a high school senior gone in an instant. No matter how many news stories you hear about teens at other schools dying suddenly, you’re never prepared when it hits close to home. It hit our community last week. Bubbly, talented, respected and loved, Kenzie Ruston died Jan. 4, along with a family friend. Their small plane crashed in Wyoming. It was the day … [Read more...] about Making Sense of Tragedy: Turning “Why?” into “What Now?”
We’re off and running in a new year, and you’ve set some goals and dreams. Is it time for some accountability partners? Perhaps you've vowed to get and stay organized. Or maybe you've decided you're ready to cut out sugar. Maybe you want to exercise consistently. Are you already wondering if you can keep it up? Or have you already stumbled? The times I’ve been most successful reaching … [Read more...] about Worried About Reaching Your Goal? Don’t Go It Alone
A few months beyond my 40th birthday, I discovered the first secret to aging well. It was to stop dwelling and start doing. How often do you hear someone with an ache or a health setback say, “I’m just getting old,” or make some derogatory remark about their body? Are you one who complains about getting old? Well, if you say so! That’s how to counter those remarks and thoughts, … [Read more...] about My Secret to Slower Aging