Your Heart Yearns for Inspiration

Every once-in-a-while we all need a little push to get excited about life. This summer I had the great pleasure of hearing Simon T. Bailey speak.  His motto: “You were born to be brilliant” has stuck with me — so much so, we are using it as a theme for the Girl Scout troop this…

Your Heart Yearns for Indulgence

Indulgence isn’t selfish — it is essential! Women are great at managing other people’s stress, but are often lousy at managing our own. Perhaps it is because we feel guilty taking the time to indulge ourselves in even the most simple ways. There is always one more thing to be done: one more load of…

Your Heart Yearns for Connection

Being a grown-up can be lonely. So often we spend our days alone, even if we are surrounded by people. Taking the time to connect with people you care about in a positive way is very important to managing your stress and keeping your heart healthy. Think about it. There are people in your life…

Tips for a Sane Season

Feeling a bit out of control? Is there to much on your to-do list? Here are some ideas to stay sane: Take stock: What is really important to you? Are you making 35 dozen cookies to mail out to friends because it makes you feel good or because you feel obligated? Hold onto what truly…

Embrace the snow!

I’m not sure there is anything more joyful than 160 first and second graders frolicking in a field of freshly fallen snow. I was “lunch mom” yesterday and had a wonderful time watching the kids make snow angels, roll in the snow and basically just bask in the wonder of Winter. I could help think…

Are your friends hurting or helping your heart?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn Who are the five people with whom you spend the most time — at work, at home and socially? Your relationships have an impact on your health according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.…

Embrace Your Project

We painted our basement rec-room this weekend.  I’d forgotten how satisfying putting color on walls can be — it’s a lot of work too!  As I worked my way around the room, cutting in the trim, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. Dad was always working in his garage workshop on some project…

5 things I remember from home

I remember the smell of the beginning of Saturday evening in the summer.  The freshly mowed grass, the steam and cologne from my Dad’s shower.  Hashbrowns in the frying pan and steaks on the grill.  Makes me hungry just thinking about it. I remember long summer afternoons on the swing hanging on the back deck.…

Enrich Your Life:Take a Compliment

“I got it on sale.” Denying your joy by deflecting compliments How well do you take a compliment? If someone exclaims, “Those are great shoes!” Do you say, “I got them at TJ Maxx, $9.00!” Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Gina Barreca speak about the differences between men and women. She said…