Reality T.V. is My Reality (Three Minute Read)

Reality T.V. is My Reality (Three Minute Read)

I’ve been watching reality television since way before self-quarantine was a familiar term.  Singing competitions, cooking competitions, house-flipping, design challenges, weight loss journeys, love and marriage journeys, pretty much everything except the...
The Five Stages of Sheltering In Place (Three Minute Read)

The Five Stages of Sheltering In Place (Three Minute Read)

I recently had a conversation with a dear friend, who pointed out to me that my attitude toward self-quarantine has progressed in much the same manner as one would deal with grief. What a keen observation!  With complete transparency, I admit that I spent a relatively...
A Few Tips About How to Calm Down (Three Minute Read)

A Few Tips About How to Calm Down (Three Minute Read)

The essence of this article was originally posted a couple of years ago for an entirely different purpose.  Now, in light of the pandemic occupying all of our thoughts, I think it’s become relevant once again. We’re all nervous and impatient these days,...
Time Thievery (Three Minute Read)

Time Thievery (Three Minute Read)

It should be against the law to steal someone else’s time. Wow, I didn’t realize how strongly I felt until I actually wrote the preceding sentence! Time matters a lot to me.  For instance, I’m obsessively punctual and I have little patience for...
When Friends Disappoint (Three Minute Read)

When Friends Disappoint (Three Minute Read)

Being disappointed by a friend has nothing to do with an occasional last minute cancellation of plans, and it also has nothing to do with how to  dump an old friend. This time, I’m digging deeper into the expectations we set for our friends. Like you, I’ve...
When Forgiving Doesn’t Happen (Three Minute Read)

When Forgiving Doesn’t Happen (Three Minute Read)

We’ve all heard the adage, “forgive and forget.” I’m pretty sure we’ve also forgiven and forgotten a time or two in our lives. And you may have read my prior forgiveness blog. Forgiving is important. It also can be irrelevant. Let’s...
Fixing Broken Trust (Three Minute Read)

Fixing Broken Trust (Three Minute Read)

Relationships require trust, 100%. You trust the babysitter who’s keeping your kids safe, and you trust the person repairing your car. You trust that your employees will take good care of your customers, and you trust the instructor who’s teaching your...
Can You Negotiate Staying Together?  (Three Minute Read)

Can You Negotiate Staying Together? (Three Minute Read)

When  people get married, it’s with the belief, the intention, and the hope that their marriage will last forever.  And yet stuff happens to cause some couples to abandon that belief, intention, and hope.  Others stay together because they’ve held onto the...
Having an Exit Strategy (Three Minute Read)

Having an Exit Strategy (Three Minute Read)

Whether you’re about to give notice to your employer or to your spouse, strategically planning your exit means sliding your emotions off to the side while you make a practical “to do” list.  This is neither the time nor the place to improvise. ...
I Like to Spread Good News (Three Minute Read)

I Like to Spread Good News (Three Minute Read)

I learned a long time ago to choose optimism, and anyone who knows me will confirm that my glass is always half-full.  (Thanks, Dad!)  Psychologists generally think that positive and negative emotions cannot occupy our minds at the same time.  Therefore, one tends to...
The Value of Your Value (Three Minute Read)

The Value of Your Value (Three Minute Read)

Just before the end of 2019, a client mentioned that her word for 2020 was “value,” and my brain immediately went to work.  What happened next was kind of confusing because I didn’t exactly know what “value” meant to me.  Did it mean...