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A Must See For All College Graduates (Link to video now available)

It's time we prepare our college graduates for the REAL world.

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The Question to Command Your Life

Can one question lead to a happy life? I think so.

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What’s your metaphor for life? Is life a roller coaster? A series of ups and downs or an adrenaline rush thrill ride? Is life a journey, a marathon, or a dance? Is it a battle, a symphony or a three-ring circus?

Would that metaphor change if I asked you on your graduation or wedding day versus the day you lost your job?

Our outlook is constantly adjusting. Like a swivel chair, we’re busily twirling around and our emotions shift depending on what we’re facing at the moment. Then we compare what we see to what we want.

Is happiness really about meeting our own (or other’s) expectations? It’s like trying to hit a bulls eye with a moving target. There has to be a better way to “dance” through life.

The answer we want is “yes”. The question we need to keep asking is………..
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Practice Mudita

A buddhist mind-state that is the spiritual medicine for the poisons of jealousy, envy and resentment.

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If we could hear your thoughts when your friend tells you she just got a promotion at her new job when you’ve been working a dead end job for years, what would we hear?

What if you’ve been trying to have a baby and you see a pregnant woman at the store? If your roommate gets an A on her exam that she didn’t study for, and you get a C and studied your butt off?

How do you react to the success and joy of others? How does that joy impact your own life? Ponder these questions and you’ll begin to understand the meaning of mudita. Read more

Under the Covers: Life of Pi

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

Life of PiWise Owl 4 RatingIn my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Filled Up On Empty

There's a lot pack rats can learn from disposers.

I’m a ditcher. I get great pleasure out of dumping unused clothes, items and household goods. I don’t develop deep attachments to stuff. Clutter is my enemy. I hate clutter– the look of it and how I feel around it. It makes me nervous and uncomfortable.

I’ve always enjoyed visiting homes for sale even if I’m not in the market. Why? Because they’re empty. I like empty rooms. It’s as if there is more oxygen to breathe. There’s a sense of lightness and freedom. No heavy objects or distractions.

Do you prefer to walk into the Apple store or Macy’s department store? Your answer reveals a lot about you. Read more

Under the Covers: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Peel Yourself

Peel back the layers and then solve your problem.

I often wonder if I resumed being a therapist today, would I rely more on my college degrees or my wisdom from living 48 years? I know. That’s laughable.

There’s at least one concept I did learn in class that seems to have stuck. Here’s a jump start to solving your own (or someone else’s) problems. Read more

Ladies First- WinKC Women’s Triathlon

Next time you want to feel like you belong, sign up for an all women's triathlon.

Women come in all shapes and sizes. Some are strong and others struggle. Some are toned and some jiggle. Some are tweens and some are grandmas.

Many wouldn’t be caught dead being seen in their underwear but their butt covered in Lycra, no problem! Read more

What the Olympic Rings Mean To Me

Competitive sport is only one aspect of the Olympic games.

I proudly admit I have an obsession with the Olympic Games. Even on vacation the first week, I won’t miss the prime time Olympic coverage. Doesn’t matter which sport or what heat, I have to watch.

Is it because I was one of those little girls with Olympic dreams? I think that’s part of it. There’s always something intriguing about watching others achieve what I couldn’t. As I watch Jordyn & Gabby flip on the balance beam, I can smell the chalk and feel the apparatus as though I’m 14 again. Read more

Le Tour de Fitness

A lifetime of fitness involves many stages.

The pursuit of fitness has a beginning but no ending. No wonder it’s difficult to stay on the path.

Pursuing a healthy “lifestyle” is a kind way to recruit our minds to accept that we’re in for the long haul.

Recognizing these stages of fitness can ensure the only towel you hang up continues to be a sweaty one:) Read more