Showing love is not just for Valentine’s Day

  Did you know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner?   Oh, right, you probably do, given the constant barrage of guilt-inducing, wallet-breaking, comparison making advertisements that are absolutely everywhere you turn. My hubbie knows too, but he won’t be getting me anything for this red letter holiday. I know it’s possible when you just […]

When Stubborn Pride is Pulling Your Strings

I am well acquainted with Stubborn Pride. I have listened to that wheedling, guilt-inducing voice too many times in my life, and it has never ended well. As a matter of fact, I learned some time ago that when I am really struggling with fear of failure, I can find it lurking nearby, working my emotional […]

You are NOT the target

  Wouldn’t it be great if cranky, grumpy, hot-tempered people took an extended, nay, permanent, vacation far, far, away? Ahhh, such a sweet dream. In the real world, though, there are crabby people who will launch their slings and arrows your way with hardly a thought. You get to choose how to respond, and I […]

Getting to yes: Use honey not vinegar

  I love yard sales and the possibilities for treasures they contain. There are the opportunities for meeting new people and holding fun conversations, too. Whether the sales are here in Tennessee,  New Hampshire, or elsewhere, however, one rule holds true: If you want something, here is the secret to getting to yes: Use honey […]

Valentine’s Day: 5 tips for a delightful celebration

    Jay Leno said, “Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.” The best humor always has a smidge of truth in it, doesn’t it? Jay’s comment is no exception. There is an air of huge expectancy from the women for their men to perform above and beyond on […]

What Driver’s Ed teaches you about solving problems

When you took Driver’s Education in high school, you were taught to be aware of all your surroundings so you would be safe behind the wheel. As you looked ahead, you scanned the traffic and the roadsides. You glanced regularly at your rear view mirror, where you kept an eye on the vehicles and the […]

How to make better decisions using Walk Away Shoes

We’ve all made decisions we’ve regretted. Just look at the clothes and hairstyles we thought were the most amazing ever for our senior high school portraits. While we can’t go back in time and make a different choice, we can learn how to make better decisions for our future.   Going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University […]

5 Steps to reduce stress this Christmas season

Let’s do a quick test. In the next few, short weeks: Several people will surprise you with gifts, and you have none for them. You discover you have double-booked yourself—more than once—for holiday events. You will learn on Christmas morning you will be hosting ten additional guests for dinner that night. If these thoughts make […]

Discovering Joy: It’s up to you, but not about you, Pt 2

Welcome to the second half of Discovering Joy. If you missed the first, you can read it here. I wrote previously: I learned that really getting the most out of Allume (a recent blogging conference I attended), or any other gathering in life, really learning to discover joy right where we are, is that it is up to us, but […]

Discovering Joy: Turning neuroses into new roses Pt 1

Let’s see a show of hands: Who wants to go to a gathering of hundreds of strangers, where you don’t know anyone in real life, many who are more accomplished in their careers than you, have more friends, are more famous, well-spoken, fashionable, thinner, and especially aren’t just so darn plain-Jane average like you? Nobody? We […]

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