Celebrating Friendship and Connection on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day.  What does that bring to mind for you?

Heart-shaped decorations? Roses? Chocolates?

For me it’s broader than decorations and date night.

It’s about hearts full of love and friendship.

Celebration and connection.

Loving your life and the people you have connected with.

Taking a moment to celebrate love in all its forms.

And taking care to  love yourself, too.

I love holidays, decorations and all the fun trappings of the day.

I love chocolate and other delicious food and drink.

But as a commitment to self-love and self-care this year I am trying to do what I need to do to get healthier while still celebrating friendship and connection.  Continue reading “Celebrating Friendship and Connection on Valentine’s Day”

From Fear to Celebration: 5 Strategies to Transform Your Approach to Rejection

Fear of rejection and putting yourself into the world limits your ability to learn and grow. Celebrating rejection, instead of fearing it, transforms the person experiencing rejection from a victim of others choices, to the courageous chooser of opportunity. You can learn to change your mindset about fearing rejection to celebrating rejection.

As with most celebrations, celebrating rejection will make you happier. And if it still sounds impossible, there are at least five practical steps that you can take to get better at being rejected. You can choose to transform your relationship with rejection to allow yourself to bravely pursue your goals as you ask hard questions, try new things, and do what matters.  Continue reading “From Fear to Celebration: 5 Strategies to Transform Your Approach to Rejection”

What’s the Secret to Supporting Self-directed Learners?


If you’re a parent who wasn’t homeschooled, you probably find yourself wondering,

“How can I help my child be a self-directed learner when that’s not how I learned?”            Continue reading “What’s the Secret to Supporting Self-directed Learners?”

Solstice End of Year Reflection: What’s Really Important?

This has been a hard year.

My mom was diagnosed with ALS in February, followed by two feeding tube surgeries, a move back east and rapidly progressing symptoms. My big brother had a bad fall with complications. One sister needed a brain surgery and still needs neck surgery.

And yesterday, the longest night of the year, I’d started my year in review that often morphs into  me beating myself up about all the things I didn’t accomplish that I intended to, like:

  • only 16 blog posts/28 newsletters instead of 52
  • no speaking gigs
  • just a few books sold and no marketing plan
  • still piles and piles of mama’s files to be gone through
  • no LifeSPARKS course completed
  • my messy, messy house

The list of what didn’t get done, or done well, could go on and on.   Continue reading “Solstice End of Year Reflection: What’s Really Important?”