I grew up in a religiously, culturally and gastronomically Jewish home in Willingboro, NJ which is a suburb of Philadelphia. Our family went to synagogue weekly, practiced holiday rituals, lit the candles on Friday night, but kept kosher only when my paternal grandmother lived with us. I attended Hebrew school until I was 16. […]
I made a list of ‘awesome accomplishments’ and invite you to do the same.
Overcoming childhood health challenges
Earning a Masters Degree
Being ordained as an interfaith minister
Working for decades as a therapist
Learning seat of the pants journalism
Co-publishing a magazine for 10 years
Writing for Beliefnet, Elements Behavioral Health, The Temper, Your Best Life, Elephant Journal, Psych Central, HuffPo and The Good Men Project…more to come!
Overcoming my fear of being assertive and speaking my mind
Writing a book and co-authoring a few others
Interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Completing an Outward Bound Course in New England in the winter of 1981
Hosting a radio show
Raising a child solo after being widowed at 40 and keeping us in the same house we were in for all these years
Recovering from shingles, a heart attack and kidney stones in a year’s time
Rebounding from the deaths of my husband and parents and emerging even more resilient
Teaching around the world
Taking FREE Hugs on the road
Being interviewed on KYW NewsRadio in Philadelphia
Having Hugmobsters featured in major magazines
Becoming a certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Putting down the symbolic self-flagellating whip
Setting appropriate boundaries in my relationships; rather than being “an emotional contortionist who would bend over backward to please people”
Facing my Perfectionista and sending her on a much-needed vacation
Riding the winds of change, wherever they may blow
Committing to love myself as I would a treasured other
Having many friends who are gifts in my life
Setting daily intentions to have extraordinary experiences and connect with amazing people, and each day I do
Being the go-to person for friends and family as a resource queen
Seeing my own inner and outer beauty
Working my recovery program each day
Becoming an opti-mystic who views the world through the eyes of possibility
How would your life change if you claimed your magnificence?
Would you feel more confident? Would your horizons expand?
Would your relationships be more fulfilling?
Would you take better care of yourself and make more self-loving choices?
Would you let go of worn-out beliefs that hold you back?
Would you take leaps of faith that might have terrified you in the past?
Would you face fierce fears? Would you attract more of what you desire and deflect what you don’t want?
Would you embrace authenticity and reveal the real?
Would you heal from wounds?
Would you allow in people and experiences that buoy you up rather than bully you down?
Would you see awe and wonder in each moment?
Would you be willing to trade your old perceptions and the smudgy glasses that have the world appear blurred and distorted, for clear lenses?
In this moment and all those that follow, I double-dog dare you to own your awesome. Brag on!