Kid Gifts to Inspire and Build Confidence

What if you could gift your child more than just a physical toy for Christmas this year? What if you could inspire them, build confidence, and encourage growth with the simple joy of a toy? The truth is, the kinds of toys we choose for our children can either inspire or stunt imagination, learning, confidence,…

Gratitude-Giving

With everyone’s favorite turkey-eating and cornucopia-decorating holiday just around the corner, I thought it the best time to share a thought about thankfulness versus gratitude. Although the two ideas are often synonymous, there’s an important distinction between the two. Thankfulness is traditionally defined as an expression of appreciation for things received. Being thankful often involves…

Resetting Your Path

We all get off course sometimes.  We face hardship and challenges that derail our plans and cause us to question what we’re doing and where we’re headed.  We make poor choices that take us down dark alleys that seem to have no way out.  Sometimes we’re left spinning out of control, and sometimes we’re stopped…

Retirement: Journeying Toward a Sense of Purpose

“Sense of purpose” is a topic I have researched and thought about for many years. Time and again my personal journey has led me back to the concept that people who have a sense of purpose as they approach retirement seem to live a more satisfying life as they age. I define “sense of purpose”…

Finding Time with Your Child Everyday

While summertime can often mean more family time, there are lots of responsibilities on parents’ plates that don’t slow down even if school does.  Whether you’re planning a summer filled with beach vacations, fun family activities or looking at busy work schedules, all parents can benefit from looking for small and meaningful ways to spend…

Parenting in the Digital Age

Fun social media “facts”: 500 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every second. It would take 158 years to watch every single snapchat story uploaded in just one day. Out of 7 billion people in the world, 3.7 billion own a cell phone, while only 3.5 billion own a toothbrush. Jean Twenge, a generational…

Transparency: Pushing Beyond the Barriers to Strengthen Security and Trust

Transparency – a word I hear come up often in sessions with clients. What comes to mind when you say transparency aloud? Does it make you feel uncomfortable, fearful, or maybe vulnerable? For many, being transparent is important and expected – especially in relationships. Partners want their significant others to be open and honest in…

Hello and Goodbye: Two simple words that can improve relationships

It was a Wednesday evening, around six, and the love of my life walked through the front door – as had hundreds of times before.  I was busy multi-tasking my monotonous weeknight routine cooking dinner for 5. Two kids were frantically tugging on my damp apron chanting in high-pitched squeals, “Mom! Mom! Mooooom!!”  Inside I…