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Qualities You Need in a Pandemic

It’s been a full year since the beginning of an experience unlike any other in our lifetime.  A Global Pandemic.  If you would have told me last year as we planned our Spring Break trip that it would be the last time—for a long time— that we could travel freely with little concern for our health and safety, I wouldn’t have…read more

You’ve Got a Friend in Me….

The movie Toy Story gives us a view of the complexity of human relationships –even while being told from the point of view of two non-humans.  Woody and Buzz have a complicated relationship that starts differently than it ends and is colored by a common desire to be the favorite friend of their favorite human, Andy. Like these beloved characters, we…read more

Creating a Vision for 2021

Several people I’ve talked to recently have commented that setting goals or making intentions for this upcoming year seems like a futile effort.  With so much that is unknown and how much that seems to change, day by day, what could the value be in creating a plan for the future.? I’ve thought that too and even considered that maybe my…read more

Gifts Already in Your Possession

There’s no doubt this holiday season feels different than most.  Maybe for some of you, it’s quieter as you deal with quarantine, social distancing or even illness.  You might be trying to retain as many of your typical holiday traditions–looking to create a sense of normalcy.  Or, you could be anticipating the holidays as a bright spot amidst an otherwise difficult,…read more

2020–The Year to Be Grateful?

2020, the year we sometimes wish wasn’t. But, if you’re reading this blog, I dare you, right now, to write down five things you’re thankful for from 2020. It’s ok, I’ll wait….. Ok, do you have your 5 things? Here’s 5 I came up with: 1. The very loosely planned, last minute spring break trip before the country shut down mid-…read more

Practicing Productivity

I haven’t been very productive when it comes to writing this blog about productivity.  Want to know why?  Well, there’s a whole host of reasons… Unsure what to write about Think I have an idea and then not exactly sure where to take it Oh, what’s the latest news on COVID, social and racial injustice, the election–better check that out Just…read more

5 Signs You Might Be Meeting Not Collaborating

Ever had one of those days where you were “busy” from the beginning to the end with one meeting after another?  The agendas that were sent in advance (oh, that’s wishful thinking isn’t it) weren’t clear on what you’d be doing/deciding but instead include a laundry list of topics with vague start and stop times.  You notice your energy level has…read more

This Little Light of Mine…

Over a year ago, I bought a friendship lamp for one of my friends.  Haven’t heard of them?  It’s a nifty invention that when linked together and connected to wifi allow one friend to touch the lamp and for the other friend (many miles away) to see her lamp light up.  A sign from afar that you’re being thought of. Truth…read more

Strengthen Your Connections

One thing we don’t lack in this world are WAYS to connect.  Many people, however, lack  CONNECTION.  In 2018, Cigna did a study that revealed 54% of Americans in the survey reported feeling lonely.  Only one year later, in 2019, that number rose to 61%– that’s 3 in 5 Americans. Even before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the internet was…read more

5 Ways to FOCUS

This will not be a surprise, but I’m finding it hard to concentrate!  Many distractions were eliminated when Covid-19 and quarantining became a thing.  The schedule of commitments, events and things we’d wish we’d said no to— but were somehow still obligated to–suddenly stopped.  So, shouldn’t it be easy to focus our attention on what’s most important?  If you’re anything like…read more