Category Archives: Happiness Fulfillment & Self Esteem


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 […]



Keep Feeling and Keep Breathing

red cardboard robot holding a ripped paper heart with quote from article

A few months ago, I resumed a yoga practice that I’m just now starting to enjoy. Yoga is hard, yet it is also life affirming and growth producing. Some days I really hate it and some days it feels like the most radically positive step of my life. What’s interesting about yoga is that if […]



The Women’s Happiness Equality Challenge

woman holding umbrella leaping in the air

“If my kids are happy, I’m happy.” “If my partner is happy, I’m happy.” “If my boss is happy, I’m happy.” Etc. These are the words that I hear from women every single day. They might as well say, “I don’t deserve to be happy until everyone else in my life is.” We talk about […]



I’ve Been Me For A Long Time

two white butterflies on a green background

Recently, I was talking to a client about how much trouble she was having with making permanent changes in her life and she said, “I’ve been me for a long time.” That made me laugh, but it was also rather profound. We have been ourselves for a very long time and we’ve developed habits, behaviors, […]



Table for One

woman at small table staring out the window

Ten years ago, I was invited to New York to lead a training class for the American Management Association. I had three school-aged children at that time and I’d been working part time, but felt unfulfilled and exhausted from those early motherhood years. I jumped at the chance to travel alone, envisioning myself to be […]