“You always look happy.” One of my neighbors said this to me while out walking my dogs. Guess I was caught smiling again. A smile can make a positive impact in any situation. It’s contagious. Get-togethers, especially holidays, are an opportunity to help reinforce the values and beliefs that are important to us. Yet many
All parents go through a transition phase when their children become adults, a process of letting go. Most are thrilled with that new sense of freedom – the parents and definitely the children. I’m a mom to two sons who are college students and technically men. It’s summer break now and they are home a
Gratitude is a word that holds a lot of power. All things are possible through gratitude because it encourages you to move forward. Before my two cancer diagnoses, many things in my life were taken for granted. Dealing with those unexpected health issues changed my perspective and allows me to be grateful for what I
My goal this year is to keep doing work that matters. The definition of “doing work that matters” is different for everyone. After recently being challenged to try something different with my content, I decided to create an audio version of one my blog posts that was published on the HuffingtonPost on their “What’s Working”
Life is a lot like sailing where your success can depend on adjusting the wind in your sails at the right moments. Some days it is fun and exciting because the wind is in your favor. Then there are days where the wind is not in your favor – there is no momentum or the
You feel like time is no longer on your side. The clock is ticking. That’s what you sense after receiving a cancer diagnosis. It’s best to develop a purposeful plan to help deal with an unexpected situation like this. To answer the question “why” is easy. The answer to “what” you do next is not.
Being diagnosed with cancer is probably one of the scariest things that can happen to someone. Many people have defied the odds. Since today is MAD Day (Mesothelioma Awareness Day), I wanted to share Heather’s cancer story of hope. Heather Von St. James has had an amazing journey. She was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at
There are a lot of concepts that tout the success of 21-day challenges. Flat belly, Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Cleanse. You name it. Most of them are related to diet and exercise. What’s the significance of 21 days? Supposedly it takes just 21 days to change or create a new habit. Is this true?
Seriously, where did June and July go? My reference to June and July reflects on a life stage change. You can find descriptions of life stages in Greek literature going back to Hippocrates. Basically a life stage is a noticeable change in an individuals life, and sometimes those changes are difficult, sometimes easy. It’s mid-August now, the
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. The week of May 8 – May 14, 2016 is Acoustic Neuroma Awareness week. Mark Ruffalo and I have something in common. We both were diagnosed with a primary brain tumor, specifically an acoustic neuroma. His was discovered in 2002 and mine in 2009. Even though this type of