Category Archives: Happiness Fulfillment & Self Esteem


The One-Day Syndrome and Cure

the words carpe diem spelled out on a Scrabble board

“One day I will take that trip.” “One day I will change my relationship.” “One day I’ll lose the weight.” “One day I’ll start exercising.” “One day I’ll relax and have fun.” “When my kids get older, I’ll focus on myself.” “One day I’ll go to Italy.” And on and on goes the one-day syndrome […]



My Crew

three white women sitting on a bench at the beach and laughing

Recently, a female colleague commented to me that girls and women are divisive, gossipy and mean. I was surprised by her comments in that both men and women can display those behaviors, but also because I haven’t experienced much of that from the women in my life. My friends and female colleagues have been supportive, […]



The Biggest Mindset Shift

black and white photo of wooden blocks spelling out the word hope in scrollwork letters

Over the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling for work. I’m a corporate trainer and also a lead trainer for IPEC coaching. In my travels, I have met some truly incredible people from an opera singing Uber driver to a severely disabled future coach. Each had a beautiful story to tell and […]



A Pitch for Coaching

Toy lamb next to a coffee cup that says "Today is gonna be a good day."

Six years ago, I became a professional life coach. No other self-improvement ventures have changed my life as much as learning how to be a coach and being coached. It’s hard to explain why it’s so powerful, but I’ll do my best.

Coaching is a unique relationship between coach and client that is both completely […]



Yoga Adventures Continued

Woman in inverted yoga pose with her back to the camera against a peach background

Recently, I was on a business trip in Minneapolis and actually missing the misery that comes with my latest addiction—hot yoga. I decided to find a yoga studio near my hotel in order to indulge my new love/hate relationship with yoga and yogis. Arriving just in time for the after work crowd, I set myself […]



Crying For All the Right Reasons

Lisa laughing with her dog

My dog is an adorable seventy-five pound Goldendoodle named Ginger. She's full of energy and love and my family adores her. Ginger cries every single day. Not because she's sad or in pain, but rather because she is so freakin' happy that she can't help herself. Rarely does she cry for any reason but joy. […]



Freedom to Choose

two stuffed happy face dolls sitting on a bench together

One of my favorite books is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It's a must read. Frankl posits the concept that between a stimulus in our environment and our response lies our ability to choose how we want to respond. It's the exact opposite of, "The devil made me do it." It's also dreadful for […]



Valuing Our First Act to Lead to a Better Second Act

Woman in professional clothes kneeling down to embrace a toddler

Lately, I seem to be surrounded by women who are ready for their second act of life. Their children are grown and mostly independent. Many of these women either didn’t work outside of the house or chose to slow down their careers to focus on family. Of course, these are privileged women who had the […]



A Very Bad Week?

Woman with camera taking a self-portrait

A few weeks ago, I had a very bad week. Or did I? I was working with a woman who nicely asked me what I was having. As I looked at her with complete confusion, I realized that she was asking what gender my future baby was going to be. The only problem with this […]



Herman Munster and the Fear Factor

bandaged up teddy bear with quote from article

As I’ve written about previously, I’ve spent a number of years nursing a painful back injury. When I first hurt myself, the pain was so intense and horrible that I vowed to do everything possible to not feel that pain again. I hurt myself exercising, so after that I started to exercise a bit less […]