“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
Just like many others, I was shocked to hear the news of Chris Cornell’s death. It made me sad even though I didn’t know this man personally. Maybe because we’re the same age, we’re both early Gen Xer’s, and he always seemed to prevail over tough times. We’re all mourning because of a simple reason.
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
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
I’m all about motivating and inspiring others toward a path of wellness and I usually know when it’s time to speak up when something seems “off.” The path to wellness is not the same for everyone. We each have our unique goals and situations; our perspective on life can be different. For some, life is
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.
It’s hard to believe November is almost here; the leaves are falling and temps are dropping. These changes make me crave a bowl of soup and motivates me to start cooking. And warm soup is good for your tummy. Eating a healthy diet and being balanced is important to me, so we’re always testing in
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?