Category Archives: Happiness Fulfillment & Self Esteem


Birthday Messages to People We Love

closeup of four hands holding up a wooden heart.

Last month, I spent a weekend with seven of my dear friends. We were celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our traveling buddies. This particular friend started a tradition on our birthdays in which we go around the table and tell that friend what she means to us. This time, it was our chance […]



Exercise as Punishment: How’s That Working For You?

closeup of a woman's waist as she wraps a tape measure around it

When I was a kid, I loved to ride my bike, run, tumble, swim, dance, play games in the yard, swing, climb on a swing set, and generally be in constant motion. Exercise was movement and it was joyful, exciting, and a reward for hard work done at school and throughout the week. When, then, […]



It’s True In My Mind

close up of woman's leg and arm as she sits on the beach holding a book open to read

During a recent coaching session with one of my fabulous clients, I asked her how true the story was that she was telling herself. She responded with, “It’s true in my mind.” It was such a wise and brilliant response that I stopped for a minute. Sometimes it’s easy from the outside looking in to […]



The Most Spectacular Yoga Story Yet

closeup photo of a shoe about to step on a banana peel

If you’ve been reading my blog posts, you know that I’ve become slightly obsessed with yoga, particularly hot yoga. I’ve had a series of interesting yoga adventures that have both humbled and invigorated me. However, last week I outdid myself in a yoga class. It will be a class that I’ll remember for years. So, […]



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. […]