Embrace Your Heart: Make A Memory

My friends Kim and Jason Kotecki are exceptional examples of people who look for ways to enrich their lives.  On their most recent Escape Plan TV episode they encourage others to make a memory. How often during your busy week do you pause and try to experience something memorable with someone you love.  It doesn’t…

Enrich Your Life: Embrace Your Summer

Have you forgotten to leave time to recharge this Summer? Do you look at the calendar for June, July and August and wonder how you can possibly fit anything else? Shouldn’t Summer be a time to relax a bit and recover from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the year? If so, why…

Energize Your Life: Embrace Your Chores

Summertime provides so many great opportunities to get out and get moving.  We all want to avoid the “inside fat” reported lately – the fat which forms around your internal organs and can lead to a host of health problems.  Even people who appear thin can be fat on the inside. The best way to…

Escape Adulthood

Escape Adulthood:  8 Secrets from Childhood for the Stressed-out Grown-up. Having kids is the quickest way to feel like a grown up! Yet, as author and cartoonist Jason Kotecki demonstrates children are a rich source of helping us all fight Adultitis and live a less stressed life. We all have those moments when we wish…

Prank, Laugh & Connect

Clay loves April Fool’s Day! My wonderful husband is devious and secretive, but fortunately he uses his powers for good. For years he pulled pranks on me before my eyes were fully open on the first morning of April. Now he has a new audience. Our six-year-old daughters! He greeted them this morning dressed in…

Ordeal or Adventure?

On a recent plane trip I discovered the Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine for cruising sailors. The “enjoy the journey” mindset fits nicely with my own and the articles about sailing the Caribbean and other exotic places were a nice antidote for the nasty Midwestern weather. I especially delighted in the motto: Attitude: The Difference between…

Pecked to Death By Ducks

This week the stomach flu hit our household with a vengeance! As I lay in bed, moaning, I did what every other self respecting woman would do… obsess about what wasn’t getting done. Each thing I remembered was like something taking a bite out of me. Years ago Oprah had Maya Angelou as a guest.…

Who do you Woo Hoo?

There is something special about sharing good news with people who really “get it.” I spent the evening at a meeting of the Wisconsin Professional Speakers Association, and have been energized by a roomful of people who “get it.” One of the best decisions I made in 2006 was to join a Mastermind group. Five of…

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.…