Like many little kids, I played sports through local youth recreation leagues. Some of my favorite memories came on a softball field. Because the coach never sent me to right field (thanks, Dad!) and I made some key plays, I thought I must be a pretty good fielder. I was a decent batter. But when it came to my base running, my speed never was in doubt. I was slow. My sophomore year of … [Read more...] about Field of Dreams: Examining What Keeps Us Down
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
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
My mind is racing through my list of activities and commitments ahead in the next few days, scrolling through a mental to-do list that needs to be written down. I feel my pulse quicken as my thoughts dart from what I should have finished already to what I’ve yet to start. And I’m not even out of bed yet. Sound familiar? With the holidays upon us, the feeling of overwhelm can be great. It … [Read more...] about Overwhelmed? The 1 Question to Ask Yourself