How to Make Quality Decisions

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Making quality decisions is a cornerstone for living a quality life. Of course, we all know that. But knowing and doing are two different things. I know I shouldn’t have dessert tonight, but … I know I should exercise […]

What to Do When Relationships Fail

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. ~ Hugh Mackay A friend’s daughter just found out her husband is having an affair and wants a divorce. She and the kids are devastated, shocked and angry. Sound familiar? My heart hurts for the people involved. How would you […]

How to Cope with Holiday Stress: 6 Tips to Help You Keep Your Peace

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. ~ Sydney J. Harris Have you noticed that the holidays seem to bring out the best … and worst … in people? It seems every friend, relative and client has a ‘Scrooge’ story to share. Spouses who don’t want the house decorated or […]

Clean House Mentally: Refurbish Your Thoughts & Words

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. ~ Alan Alda I really enjoy watching those home make-over shows on HGTV. A designer (or two) show up, analyze the current home’s condition, then refurbish, renew and […]

5 Key Concepts to Help You Overcome Guilt & Resentment

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change. ~ Gretchen Rubin The working title for this article was “Don’t let the OOPS’s Get You Down”. You know – all the stuff that we do or don’t do […]

Six Keys for Dealing with Loss & Grief

Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. ~ Haruki Murakami Loss, grief and sorrow. As you read each word and hear them in your head, they stir up feelings of distress, heartache […]

How to Deal with Betrayal– 6 Guidelines to Healing and Peace

Betrayal is an interpersonal trauma which shatters assumptions about how we view life and the people close to us. ~ Eileen R. Borris There have been only two times in my life when I truly felt betrayed, when the people and situations I trusted for one outcome turned into something completely unexpected, totally negative and […]