What Can You Do?

We all have the ability to feel stronger. One way to increase your inner strength is through physical activity. But the reverse is also true. Exercise has a powerful impact on us mentally and emotionally. We all know we can get stronger, if we exercise. Inner strength works a like a muscle too. There are ways to build emotional…

I’m Fabulous!

If my Saint Bernard puppy Valentino could talk, I’m sure he would say, “I’m adorable! Being big is fabulous! Everyone loves me!” Valentino will confidently waddle up to everyone assuming they want to give him a squeeze. His high level of confidence is contrary to how most humans feel. Most of us think to ourselves,…

You Do It Too

Everything starts with a thought. This process can lead us in any direction. Most of us don’t consider where our minds are bringing us. We walk around in a daze, lost in our thought patterns. I do it, you do it, we all do it. It has been said we have 60,000 thoughts a day….

I’m…

How do you describe yourself, to yourself? What does your inner dialogue whisper all day? Do you focus on your accomplishments or your deficits? Think of someone that focuses on the negative. Are they fun to be around? I believe in the power of positive self talk. It took a while for me to feel…

Is This A Test?

I was scheduled to take today off. I had big plans. I was going to bring my dog and a big stack of magazines to the lake. Then I got an email about a budget review meeting. I squashed my vacation day because I need to prepare. This has been one of those weeks. I…

The Gift of Feedback

I got an email this week with instructions to read a document and be prepared to give honest input. My colleague wrote, “Feedback is a gift.” There are times this is accurate. Other people notice things about us we don’t see. When something is brought to our attention, we can discontinue spinning our wheels and…

All In

I truly admire people who are genuinely confident. Not the cocky conceited type. Someone who radiates, “I got this”. When people have this trait down pat, it’s off the radar for them. They don’t see it, or put energy into it and they don’t think it’s a big deal. They just do what they do, in a natural…

Will Write For Strangers

I started this blog January 1st for a group of 12 people participating in a weight loss contest at the wellness studio my husband and I own. I wanted to be able to provide support to them. I knew nothing about blogging.                           …

Acting As If

My counseling position has been grant funded for 20 years. Last year our funding hit a road block and stopped immediately. It was no one’s fault. But it meant the program that provided services to children that witnessed domestic violence would cease, and I would be laid off the next day without warning. This was…

Where’s Your Head At?

I did a 3 hour training for 17 people last week. I felt like I was in the zone and people seemed receptive. The last couple minutes were quiet, as people filled out their evaluations on me. I immediately started thinking about the stupid things I regretted saying. I do a lot of work shops…

Freedom

Someone just asked me what’s up with my blog? I know I spend too much time planning, proof reading, deleting and I end up with zero material. There’s blog topic right there! But I decided to bang out something spontaneous. I was just thinking about when something doesn’t feel like a struggle anymore. For example,…

Try Harder

I put effort into my fitness goals this week, like I always do. I did some kind of exercise everyday, like I always do. I ate whole nutritious foods most of the time, like I always do. I drank lots of water, like I always do. But the scale remained the same. I’m not thrilled….