Get Real: The Four Agreements

What if you had four simple ways to live in peace and increase your happiness? Don Miguel Ruiz gives us a guide in his international bestseller, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.”  I recall how helpful the book was back in my early days of co-owning an ad agency ten years ago….

Get Happy Week 5: Forget Normal

“You’re so weird, Mom!” My 14-year-old daughter said before taking the jar of moon water and trying it. “What do you think?” I asked. “I like it because it’s cold, not because it’s moon water.” I love her directness except when I don’t. My 17-year-old son, who would not partake of the moon water and…

What is the Universe telling you?

First a bit on vocabulary. On my blog, you’ll find I use the words Universe, Higher Self, Authentic Self – all pointing to the soul/divine Purpose/celestial string that connects us all. You may prefer the term, God or Messiah or Abba or simply Energy. In my view, we’re all talking about the same thing –…

Where Does Creativity Come From?

Sometimes creativity shows up where we least expect it. In the last week, I found creativity in a luxury home at an open house, at a gathering of beautiful 70 and 80 year-olds at a book club, and even at the state fair. What does it mean to “find creativity” within yourself and witness it…

5 Surefire Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

When you’re having a bad day, the last thing you want to hear someone say is, “turn that frown upside down.”  But if you’re willing to hear me out, here are five things you can do to make your sucky day bearable. 1. Leave. Get up and physically remove yourself from the situation. Heck, take…

Six reasons to fully experience the experience. #creativity #mojo

What does “experience” have to do with increasing creativity and mojo? I don’t mean experience in the past-tense as a cumulative effort, but the present moment. Right now, fully feeling whatever experience you’re going through and being fully present when you’re experiencing that moment. Your mind isn’t back in your work day or fast-forwarded to…

Summer and Taking Turns

The end of the school year is mocking me. I can hear summer coming, whistling and skipping closer to me while I shrink back into the shadows, covering my ears and pretending the days of “I’m bored” and endless interruption aren’t at hand. As a mom, summer is a blessing. No more early morning ritual!…

How badly do you want it?

Yesterday my editor and I were discussing projects, and she brought up a great point about writers – getting their writing done on time largely depends on how badly they want it. How important is writing to them? To get their story or book out by a certain time? Largely this holds true for our…