• Family & Friends
  • Staying Sane at Home with a Toddler

    I tried to do a variety of activities with my son: blocks, cars, coloring, reading, red light, green light, etc. Still seven hours seemed so long when each activity lasted ten minutes or so.  I scoured the internet for ideas.  I wondered what stay at home moms did. The most common suggestion was to get […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • What Venting and Negative Thinking Steals Away from You

    A while back I had to attend a presentation that I wasn’t particularly excited to go to.  It was something I was required to go to, but had no say in the content.  It wasn’t on a topic that thrilled me either.  Thoughts of how the time at the presentation could be better spent and other […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • Managing Your Time

    being more productive

    No more excuses.  That’s what I needed to tell myself. The concept of me time changed after having my son and I used that as an excuse to do less.  I didn’t have time to read, work out etc. That’s not really true though. It was how I managed my free time. I prioritized writing […]

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  • Secret Santa Gift Ideas

    I was at the work holiday party when someone talked about what to get their secret santa.  I gave a few ideas and they thanked me twice, feeling so relieved.  I thought…hey maybe someone else would find the ideas helpful.               Cocktail napkins. There are all sorts of fun […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • 5 Faith Based Movies to Watch on Netflix

    Sometimes I like to watch movies that center me and faith based movies do that for me. Here are some I’d recommend. I love the Bible Miniseries.  Excellent.  Professional and movie.  This was created by Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel and her husband.    Here are more biblical movies: The Book or Ruth, The Book of […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • The Secret to Feeling Full: Connecting with Others

    We know each of us is unique but how does this help us feel whole? The secret is in sharing who you are with others. What if you don’t know who you are yet?  That’s okay.  Connect with others on your journey of self-exploration.  This can be in the form of sharing your talents, thoughts, […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • 3 Movies about Finding Yourself and your Purpose

    inspirational movies

    On Netflix: The Cobbler – a fun Adam Sandler movie about being in other people’s shoes, literally.  I love this movie! Chef– a fun story of a chef who travels in a food cart with his son and friend and learns about what’s really valuable to him: true passion and family.  Won the Tribeca Film […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • 4 Ways to Cope with Lunchtime Negativity

    You  need a break from the daily grind but find yourself stressed even on your lunch break.  The culprit?  Lunchtime negativity. Here are some tips I’ve tried. Eating Lunch Elsewhere One year I ate lunch in another room.  Even though I was by myself, I still had a good lunch break because I read Guideposts and […]

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  • 3 Things to do When a Friend Loses a Loved One

    what to say when someone loses a loved one

    For the longest time I didn’t know what to say when a friend lost a loved one.  It’s not a usual topic of conversation to ask advice on either.  Recently a family friend passed away and I thought about how in the past I had no idea what to say.  So I thought I’d write […]