Category Archives: Happiness Fulfillment & Self Esteem


Biding Time?

Three silhouetted people jumping into the air with an orange and purple sunset behind them.

Last week, I had a series of clients who talked about biding their time in order to get through rather miserable situations. One client was going to stay in a very unhappy marriage for a few more years...for the kids. Another high-level executive was going to stay in a tough job situation for another two […]



Efforting or Not for 2018

photo of woman staring at a computer screen with a bored and frustrated look on her face.

One of my brilliant clients came up with the word “efforting.” She used it to describe times that she’s not in the flow of either her business or her personal life. It’s when she is slugging through the day and dreading tasks that she doesn’t feel connected with. I love the word and I completely […]



Faith and Acceptance

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I often find that the same issues come up for all of my clients at the same time. Interestingly enough, when that happens there are always lessons for me as well. One week, it seemed that most of my clients were really anxious about upcoming events. The theme of the week was, “What if I […]



What’s Your Best Feature?

Two smiling women holding photo frames in front of their faces standing on a beach with the ocean in the background

Recently, I was teaching a group of wonderful women around the topic of women’s confidence and assertiveness. As part of the course, we interview another woman in the room with questions regarding the areas they feel successful and confident. One of the questions in the assignment is to ask the woman what she considers her […]



Start Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution Right This Minute

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Yep! I’m recommending an early New Year’s Resolution plan and here’s why. On December 31st, most of us come up with a few big resolutions. “I’m going to lose twenty pounds.” “I’m going to get organized.” “I’m going to start working out.” And although these resolutions are fine, they are doomed to failure because they […]



Thankful Today and Every Day

Photo of a white ceramic heart that reads I am grateful with a background of grey wooden boards

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you wonderful people who read my newsletter, send me thoughtful and kind comments, and share your stories with me. I started blogging as a way to express myself and it turned into a beautiful way to connect with others while still sharing my own thoughts and feelings. I write to […]



Flying Into My Fears

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Business travel is pretty common for me. I’m a Chicagoan and I fly in and out of O’Hare Airport and typically fly on full-sized jets. Don’t ask me the names or numbers of them because I have no idea. I just know a lot of people fit on them. Recently, I was traveling to Lebanon, […]



The Two Reasons We Don’t Accomplish Our Goals

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I spend a lot of time with people who want to achieve their goals, but can’t figure out why they don’t. They often tell me that they are just lazy or too busy, but rarely are either of those reasons true. Here are the two most common reasons that people don’t achieve their goals and […]



Stop Running from Your Feelings

photo of woman holding a red square in front of her face on which is drawn a sad face

Why are feelings so difficult for so many of us? Why are we constantly working to avoid them? Did we get some type of a memo as kids to stop having feelings and push them away at all costs? Well actually, I think the answer to that last question is a resounding “Yes!” Most of […]



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 […]