The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

What I learned from him. It was a cold spring day in New England. Cherry-tree flowers hung ripe and fluttering in the chilly breeze, and I watched the wind send their white petals blowing down the sidewalk ahead of me as I walked to my office. Gray clouds hung low and menacing overhead. “Why is it … Continue reading The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art

It’s like bottled inspiration and I drink from it daily. To fire up inspiration in my life, I keep artwork all around me. When I was a young school girl, I loved making drawings based on artwork I was familiar with. I was exposed to a variety of visual art both through the small progressive school … Continue reading Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art

A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

I survived. I was eating while trying to back out of my parking spot It was the morning I was heading to work In a rush - And a piece of my Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart Crumbled And fell off my lip Bounced into the open lip of my boot and was Eaten by … Continue reading A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation

What happened when I wrote a “letter of appreciation” to someone’s manager. I have found that voicing my appreciation to the people in my life reinforces their favorable behaviors. Furthermore, it builds their self-esteem, makes me feel good, and strengthens our bond. Verbalizing your appreciation to family, friends, and members of your community can have a … Continue reading Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation

Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

“Miss Rumphius” taught me about humble acts of kindness. As I prepare to give birth to my first child — a little girl — in June, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is reading books together. I love the experience of being read aloud to. I love listening to someone else’s voice shape the words in … Continue reading Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

Why Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health Helps Us All

Prince Harry realized that there was “a lot of stuff” he needed to deal with. As celebrities begin to talk openly about their own struggles with mental health, people around the world may feel more comfortable admitting their own challenges, too. When I hear stories about leaders and role models who have struggled and triumphed, I … Continue reading Why Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health Helps Us All

My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Therapy, Dogs, and Medication. 1. Therapy I’ve been meeting with a therapist regularly for almost 10 years, and it has greatly helped me to manage my feelings of anxiety. For me, anxiety would build when I kept my fears and worries trapped inside. In my mind, without the necessary space to be released, these fears … Continue reading My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety