Mindful Monday #34 – The Next Chapter

It was my Birthday yesterday.  The weeks that lead up to my birthday I was unsure how to celebrate and spend my day.  My spiritual friend told me that she believes the way you spend your birthday sets the tone for how you start your next personal year.  With that in mind, I chose to…

Create the Silver Lining

September marks the start of my annual end of the year reflection, gratitude and goal setting tradition.  This tradition runs from my birthday (which is in two days) through late November/ early December.  Usually the weeks leading into my birthday are filled with reflections of my overall growth from my past birthday to my upcoming…

Mindful Monday #33 – Do Something You’ve Never Done

The time has come for me to write about my month of writing reflection.  The profound realizations and changes that occurred during the month of May and June have become a part of me and how I live my life.  This year has been incredibly hard with all the universal truths that I have both…

Live Outside the Box

We have all worked in a small group, at work or school, at least once in our life.  When you brainstorm in a group you don’t want to be the person that has all the ideas, weak ideas or no ideas.  To help free the mind in any brainstorming session we are encouraged to “think…

Wisdom Wednesday #14 – Live

I feel there is a soundtrack to my life that has been shaped by the music that I listened to over the years.  Music is a mini time capsule, like a picture, certain songs capture specific moments in time.  I often relate certain songs or bands to specific events or people in my life. I…

Mindful Monday #32 – Trust Yourself

The week following my anniversary of finding my voice naturally pointed me toward my present and the life that I am currently living.  This year has been one of the hardest years of my life, but it will stand the test of time and be one of the best years of my life because of…

Speak Up for Yourself

“ My parents raised my sisters and I to speak up for injustice and give a voice to the voiceless.  I did that. But, I didn’t always speak up for myself,” I told my book club in March.  That week we finished reading a chapter about the voice from the book, The Artisan Soul.  I…

Wisdom Wednesday #13 – Brave

Wisdom Wednesday posts are usually posted twice a month.  During this week, the week of my one year anniversary of finding my voice, I wanted to share a song that calls its listeners to use their voice and be brave. Brave by Sarah Bareilles You can be amazing You can turn a phrase into a…

Mindful Monday #31 – Voice

Today is my one year anniversary of finding my voice! People often ask what does finding my voice mean?  I started to study improv last year to nurture my creativity and I noticed a pattern. I was often the last person on stage, the last to speak and when I spoke I didn’t say a…

Come Together

I was raised to be a very accepting and open person and life has done it’s part to lead me down the same path.  And I have chosen to walk down the path of understanding.  The moments in my life where I was made fun of as a young child and moments where I have…

Wisdom Wednesday #12 – A Message For All Of Humanity

As a little girl I believed whole heatedly that world peace was possible.  Now as an adult I still hold on that belief as a possibility and a necessity. Too often we hold on to grudges.  Too often we focus on differences. In my human experience I have learned in academia that we are more…

Mindful Monday #30 – Be the Change

Happy Labor Day.  Once upon a time I used to memorize quotes, because I love quotes.  As the number of quotes I liked grew, I started to keep them in a journal versus memorizing them.  One of my favorite quotes from high school, which inspired me as a teen leader is a quote about change…