Sane New Years Resolutions

How long do your New Year’s resolutions last? A few weeks? A few months? It is often hard to keep a resolution – sometimes because we defeat ourselves from the start by making too large of a commitment. Resolutions are really commitments to ourselves. Things we choose to change or do to improve our lives.…

Take A Bow

Getting back in the swing of things after the holidays can take a while. Why not take advantage of the feeling and “Take a Bow?” When giving my “Why Women Have Balls” program I encourage women to put down the many balls they have in the air and “take a bow.” Now, at the beginning…

Connect – turn off the Blackberry

While driving back from Christmas shopping the other day, I listened to NPR’s All Things Considered. The subject was Blackberry Abuse. Evidently for some people a Blackberry is like crack cocaine – addictive. One of the guests discussed Blackberry orphans, children who’s parents are physically present, but never truly available because they are constantly checking…

Holiday Stress Remedy

All together now…Ahhhhh This afternoon, after a very busy week, I was rushing my daughters through an after school snack in order to get out the door and get some holiday shopping done.  Grace, who at six has a remarkable grasp of her emotional needs, said “Mom, I’ve been rushing around all week.  I need…

Reconnect this holiday season

Take December’s Challenge: Reconnect! I was still in bed on Thanksgiving morning, enjoying the paper and some coffee, when my cell phone beeped indicating I had a text message.  Even though I didn’t recognize the phone number appearing after the “please call” message, I dialed and was surprised to be connected with one of my…

Happiness may not be what you expect

My husband e-mailed an article to me today – thinking I might find a way to “work it in” to a speech. Hmmm… could I work in comments from Harvard, Dr. Daniel Gilbert, author “Stumbling on Happiness“, in support of one of the major premises of my book? You bet I can. Dr. Gilbert suggests…

We ARE from Venus!

Men and women are different — now there’s medical proof.   A study conducted in the Netherlands indicates we react differently to stress. Some findings, Tops said, fit in nicely with a study led by UCLA’s Shelley E. Taylor and published in Psychological Review in 2000. Taylor’s study proposed that women have evolved to respond differently…

Your Own Worst Enemy

Picture this: After 15 hours of air travel and a five hour time change, you arrive home. Your children are elated to see you and quickly remind you of the Halloween costumes you haven’t finished. You smile and hold yourself together for a while, but then need sleep. After a nap, pumpkins are carved, dinner…

Connect with Joy: Ironman World Championship

Ironman World Championship My husband, Clay, and I are in Hawaii celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. The planned vacation coincided with the Ironman World Championship on the Big Island of Hawaii. Once we discovered this happy coincidence, we quickly changed our plans and signed up to volunteer. Some might find it odd, giving up part…