Many years ago I read an article about the four traits of happy people.  I never forgot them. They were Optimism, Extroversion, Self-Esteem and a Sense of Being in Control. Before my marital problems, I can honestly say I spent my entire life feeling happy. There were definite challenges along the way. No life is…

The simple truth? Not everyone grows up. It’s one of the reasons I coined the phrase… “I’m tired of watching children walk around masquerading as adults.” So how exactly does this happen? There are plenty of reasons an individual’s ego fails to mature. It can include but is not limited to being overindulged, modeling a…

I miss Oprah. The Golden Globes reminded us exactly why daily television just isn’t the same without her. Oprah is what I refer to as a ‘Missionary of Life.’ She is devoted to helping others, lifting them up and carrying forward profound messages. Few possess the raw, authentic and purposeful sincerity to achieve such great things…

When you are willing to share the messy side of life – your own worries, fears, mistakes, and heartache… Other people feel safe confiding in you. Just yesterday, I was chatting with someone experiencing divorce and the topic of stress and anxiety surfaced. Here’s the thing. Worry and anxiety are extremely misunderstood and therefore people…

I wrote my last column about the day I stopped liking myself. In a nutshell – my relationship broke. And I got lost in someone else. Or as the classic quote goes – “Be careful when trying to fix a broken person you may cut yourself on their shattered pieces.” The bigger the problems got…

The holidays promote the urge to give in all of us. It is truly a beautiful thing. The problem? Like the rest of the well-intentioned harried holiday humans, I could use prompts to do more of said giving. Things just get busier once the calendar advances to December one. This makes me recall a conversation…

I remember the day I sat in my marriage counselor’s office and through the tears, kleenex and runny mascara blurted out… Why is God doing this to me? Wow, now looking back, I can’t believe those words ever came out of my mouth! Can you say, victim? In my defense, I was losing my family.…

These past years have been brutal; however, as much as I prayed for God to lead me forward and up and out of them, deep down I knew a truth. The type of truth anyone with deep spirituality recognizes in times of angst. I still hadn’t learned the lesson God was attempting to teach me.…

In this era of data overload, giving away the coveted email address is something most do with trepidation. After all, it’s already difficult enough to navigate the ever overflowing virtual inbox. The trick is finding the right content, thus making it worth the read. The following five sites are chock full of health, wellness, beauty,…

When I had my first baby I received all types of advice. There were a plethora of well-intentioned individuals who wanted to warn me of how to best transition into this major life change. A rule follower as always I tried to practice as they continually preached. I could never have guessed these pearls of…

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