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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 to tell her what she […]



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. Prior to some rather dramatic […]



Some Thanksgiving Musings on Doing Gratitude

three small colorful pumpkins with quote from article

What if we are doing this gratitude thing all wrong? Here’s how I hear people doing gratitude: “It’s too bad your basement flooded, but you should just be grateful that your pipes didn’t burst. That’s much worse.” “I’m so sorry that you have cancer, but you should just be grateful that the kind you have is treatable.” “I’m sorry that […]



The Five Year Review

Don’t wait to be happy, fulfilled, and joyful.

Five years ago this month, I completed a life coach training program and I started my own business.  It seems like the perfect time to do a review of the last five years of my life. Here’s the short version:  Nothing has changed. I’m kind of serious. I live in the same house, I have the same husband, same three […]



Gratitude Made Simple (or Gratitude for Dummies – You know, like the books.)

I love Thanksgiving, but it may be more for the food than the forced gratitude day. Call me a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but sometimes the push for gratitude feels oppressive and I often feel guilty for not having some enlightened gratitude awareness.

You are most likely receiving this newsletter on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving, at least for Americans, is a time in which we give thanks for all of the blessings and gifts in our lives. I love Thanksgiving, but it may be more for the food than the forced gratitude day. Call me a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but sometimes the push for gratitude […]



Has Gratitude Become Too Trendy?

Has Gratitude Become Too Trendy?

In the self-help or motivational world, gratitude has become (or maybe it always was) a big buzzword.  Memes galore spout the benefits of a grateful existence.  I often post inspirational quotes about gratitude on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  I also practice what I preach; I look for ways to be grateful every single day.  Yet what if we have […]



Grateful Children? 3 Easy Ways to Turn Your Children from Greedy to Grateful

Grateful Children - from Greedy to Grateful

I hear similar stories from the parents I work with and from friends, "How come my children are ungrateful little brats?"

From years of working with parents, I've come to the realization that parents seem to expect their children to be born grateful and with the ability to say things such as, "Mom, I want to take this moment to […]



Thankful and Grateful for Precious Time

Thankful and grateful for everything in life.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love the food, family time, usually mild weather, and the calm before the end of the year holiday storm.  I particularly love the concept of having a day just to be grateful, just to be thankful for all that we have and the blessings in our lives.  I'm always grateful […]



The 50-Year-Old Gratitude List

My gratitude list is long but there are a few things that especially caught my attention this year.

November appears to have become “Gratitude Month” and that’s a nice thing.
I’ll gladly jump on this bandwagon though I try to be grateful all year round. This year gave me a lot of opportunities to think about all that I am thankful for. I turned 50 this year and was rather shocked by all of the people who asked […]