Positive Thoughts to Think Instead

Positive Thoughts to Think Instead

For most of my life, I pushed myself very hard. As the first child, it seemed there was never enough I could do to help my mom. When my little brothers came along, I did all I could to help with them and to cause no trouble of my own. At school, I strove for straight...
100 Things That Make You Happy

100 Things That Make You Happy

Here’s a little template for you to remind yourself of the many things that make you happy. Use it to boost your mood right now or as a reminder someday when you’re feeling blue. Click the title below to get the PDF. What makes me happy? If you use it,...
How to Stay Focused on What Matters Most

How to Stay Focused on What Matters Most

I almost drowned in the ocean when I was 16. I was playing with some friends along a rocky coast in northern California when the sand fell away suddenly and I got pulled into an undertow. For the next very long couple of minutes I tumbled around in the current and was...
Leaving 2018 Behind

Leaving 2018 Behind

Three things I’d be happy to leave behind as we cross into the new year at midnight tonight: Buh-bye, 2018   1. Cancer. An epic experience with so many lessons to teach: self-compassion, hope, HUGE love for and from others, the medical magic now available for...
Now, Every Day is Thanksgiving

Now, Every Day is Thanksgiving

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal since my son was born almost 23 years ago. I got the idea from Oprah, who was doing it because she said it helped us appreciate the good in life and could even make us happier (science now proves her right). This mattered to me...
How to Help Your Child Get Along With Others

How to Help Your Child Get Along With Others

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new ideas...
Why the “Good Enough” Mother is the Best Mother

Why the “Good Enough” Mother is the Best Mother

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” ~ John Steinbeck ~ I’ve been sick for two weeks and the kids were home for spring break for one of them. I haven’t gotten much done. I haven’t written anything blog-worthy, haven’t been active on social...
Three Ways Kids Can Rock Relationships

Three Ways Kids Can Rock Relationships

This is the third in a series of six posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new...