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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 list. One day I will […]



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 lessons to impart. Although frequently […]



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 confidential and completely judgment free. […]



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 […]



Freedom to Choose

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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 those of us who like […]



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 question is that I’m not […]



Kids, Eggs, Baskets and You

basket of eggs with quote from article

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket?” It seems to mean, don’t depend on any one situation for your happiness or engagement in life. Yet I meet so many women who, within minutes of meeting them, I realize that they have all of their eggs in their kids' baskets. This is certainly understandable […]



The Women’s Happiness Equality Challenge

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“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 women as if putting our […]



I’ve Been Me For A Long Time

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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, and thoughts that feel comfortable […]



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 Marlo Thomas from the television […]