The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

What can I do to make the world a more beautiful place? What will you do today, to make the world a more beautiful place? As author and illustrator Barbara Cooney prompts us to consider in her famous children’s book, Miss Rumphius, we see powerful results when we ask ourselves this question. The character “Miss … Continue reading The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

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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 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

Why I Use a Recorder for Personal Growth

Exercising the muscle of high self-esteem. I’m sitting in the driver’s seat on a typical weekday morning, getting ready to commute a half hour in to work. I turn the car on, hit the seat-warmer button, and take a sip of coffee. I reach into my enormous, oversized shoulder bag perched on the passenger seat … Continue reading Why I Use a Recorder for Personal Growth

Pancakes and Rainbows

This article has been published on Medium. An unlikely intersection of food, church, and diversity Sunday, my husband made the most delicious pancakes. He used a new ingredient, seltzer water, and added it to the mix. The pancakes came out moist and fluffy, and I drenched mine in maple syrup and a pat of butter. … Continue reading Pancakes and Rainbows