The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life

The Power of Reframing: 3 Ways to Feel Better About Life

“Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude a key component to joy.” ~Amy Weatherly I grew up in a deeply negative environment. […]

How to Enjoy Life Without Buying Lots of Stuff

How to Enjoy Life Without Buying Lots of Stuff

“Minimalism isn’t about removing the things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.” ~Joshua Becker Over the recent few years of being a digital nomad, I got a chance to live in Spain, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Canada for a month or longer. As I didn’t have […]

The Joy of Unexpected Kindness and 3 Reasons It’s Hard to Be Kind

The Joy of Unexpected Kindness and 3 Reasons It’s Hard to Be Kind

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~Howard Zinn  Have you ever experienced an unexpected act of kindness that completely changed your day? I have, and I sincerely hope you have too. Please pause for a moment and try to remember the last time that happened. How were you feeling before? What happened? And how did the […]

How Embracing a Good Enough Life Gave Me the Life of My Dreams

How Embracing a Good Enough Life Gave Me the Life of My Dreams

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckart Tolle It was perfect. Well, almost. I was doing the work I love, with someone I love, my two boys were thriving, and we seemed to finally be on the road to retirement. What could possibly be wrong with […]

How to Reclaim Your Joy After the Pandemic: 3 Things That Helped Me

How to Reclaim Your Joy After the Pandemic: 3 Things That Helped Me

DISCLAIMER: Though vaccines have allowed many of us to return to more normal activities, the pandemic isn’t over, and it’s still crucial that we all follow the evolving CDC guidelines to keep both ourselves and others safe. “Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things […]

How the Deathbed Meditation Can Bring You Clarity, Purpose, and Joy

How the Deathbed Meditation Can Bring You Clarity, Purpose, and Joy

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” ~Socrates There’s a lot of beauty and value in positive, light-and-love approaches to mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But I challenge you to go a little deeper and to face something we’re all going to experience eventually: Death. I know this may sound macabre, bizarre, or […]

5 Questions I Ask Myself Nightly Since My Father’s Sudden Death

5 Questions I Ask Myself Nightly Since My Father’s Sudden Death

“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” ~Langston Hughes Nine years ago, I was sitting mindlessly in my office cubicle in Omaha, Nebraska, when the receptionist called to inform me that my dad was in the lobby. I walked out to greet […]

Why It’s So Hard to Just Rest and Why We Need to Do It

Why It’s So Hard to Just Rest and Why We Need to Do It

“If you don’t give your mind and body a break, you’ll break. Stop pushing yourself through pain and exhaustion and take care of your needs.” ~Lori Deschene In November of 2021, my autoimmune issues flared up. My doctor and I are still unsure which of my conditions—rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia—was the culprit, or if they […]

4 Simple, Heart-Opening Exercises to Fill You with Joy, Love, and Light

4 Simple, Heart-Opening Exercises to Fill You with Joy, Love, and Light

“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” ~Rumi Happiness, love, and joy—we spend our lives in search of them. We often look to external things to fulfill our desire to experience them. A relationship, a trip abroad, a career, or maybe that shiny new car. We […]

How to Thrive in Life after Surviving Cancer

How to Thrive in Life after Surviving Cancer

“Have a little faith in your ability to handle whatever’s coming down the road. Believe that you have the strength and resourcefulness required to tackle whatever challenges come your way. And know that you always have the capacity to make the best of anything. Even if you didn’t want it or ask for it, even […]