• Family,  Fitness,  Food is Fuel,  Personal Development,  Uncategorized

    Another Year Behind, Another Year Ahead…

    It has been a lengthy minute since my last post. And with good reason. The 2nd half of 2018 was a year of major changes for our family. The most notable season of change occurred in autumn, when two of our children started at new schools, we changed our childcare arrangements, and I started a new position within my company at a new location.  During this time of transition to our new routine, any energy I once had left at the end of the day for writing down my thoughts was absolutely non-existent! I will be completely transparent and say that I STILL do not have the zest for writing that…

  • Personal Development

    Weathering the Storm

    Have you ever experienced times in your life that haven’t gone your way?  I’m not really talking about spilling coffee on your white shirt here…have you ever experienced really tough life events?  Maybe you have lost a loved one, your pet, or a job.  Maybe you have lost a marriage or even your health. Then what?  What did you do next?  How did you move forward? I believe that the way people react to serious setbacks in life strongly influences the trajectory of their quality of life thereafter.  In my previous blog post, 6 Tips for Living a Happy Life, I talked about the value of focusing on things within…

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  • Family,  Personal Development

    Beautiful

    Last week, two of my very close friends sent me nearly identical texts without knowing it.  “We had the best speaker at church today!  You would have loved him!”  My friends know me very well, and after watching their church service online, I was hooked on Dr. Kelly Flanagan.  One of my friends also included a link to the speaker’s viral blog post, Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Isle).  As I read the blog post, every word hit home.  Yes.  Yes, a million times over.  “Where are you the most beautiful?  On the inside.”  Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s words in this blog post were so perfectly…

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    6 Tips for Living a Happy Life

    Nobody wakes up and says to themselves, “Self, I want to be unhappy today.  Let’s do this.”  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me most people are in search of a common theme to their life…happiness.  What does that mean?  More than simply positive mood, happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life—that is, with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction. I won’t sit here and tell you that I never experience feelings of anger, sadness, despair, anxiety or the like. There are certainly times in life that call for these emotions, and part of living a good life is to feel them! However,…