Marble-Jar Trust (Brené Brown)

When starting up the year, I often refer to Dr. Brené Brown's brilliant concept of the Marble Jar. Imagine that the trust in each of the relationships in your life is represented by a marble jar. At it's core, Brené (yes, like most humans my age, I would like to imagine that we are on a first-name … Continue reading Marble-Jar Trust (Brené Brown)

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Belonging Starts with a Smile

Belonging It turns out that belonging is a greater predictor of life-expectancy, well-being, happiness, and fulfillment than heart health, poverty, smoking, or obesity. We can all affect the environments in which we live through our actions, because of the contagiousness of our behaviour. Due to our nature as community-seeking beings, we were wired to seek … Continue reading Belonging Starts with a Smile

The 25 Beliefs I Once Held to be True…but Don’t Anymore

Like everyone else I know, I have a million-and-one things I should be doing instead of writing this post right now, but that tiny fleeting voice of inspiration came knocking and tugged on my shirtsleeve. So, while the kids were napping, I did what any self-respecting mom on a ‘nap-break’ with mountains of laundry, tons … Continue reading The 25 Beliefs I Once Held to be True…but Don’t Anymore

How Empathy Leads the Way for the Transformation from Victimization to Resiliency

Just this morning, I had a realization that stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those “Aha” Oprah-moments that sent a jolt of electric energy from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. It’s a very simple concept, but it’s caused a dramatic paradigm shift in the way I … Continue reading How Empathy Leads the Way for the Transformation from Victimization to Resiliency

Tantrums, Toddlers, Torrential Rain: How One Mom’s Decision Paid-it-Forward

Just the other day, as the children in my household pressed pause on their play to catch up on some much-needed rest, I rested an elbow on the smooth surface of the kitchen table, my hand cupping the ceramic promise of wakefulness. I inhaled the delicious moment of silence for a few extra seconds before … Continue reading Tantrums, Toddlers, Torrential Rain: How One Mom’s Decision Paid-it-Forward

The Unexpected Detour That Landed Me Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be

Last week, I experienced an unbelievable moment that will stay in my heart forever. Dampness permeated the air that morning.  As I hurried out the front door of my house and onto the driveway, I felt the impact of a big, fat raindrop on my forehead. The cold licked at the back of my throat … Continue reading The Unexpected Detour That Landed Me Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be