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CONSCIOUS CHOICE…IT’S UP TO YOU

Posted on March 1, 2016 10:12 am

My morning routine look something like this: At about 5:50 a.m. my dog, Cookie, steps onto my chest, stares into my face, then licks me vigorously until I get up. I check my e-mail on my iPad then stumble into the bathroom to refresh myself and style my out-of-control curly hair. It’s then to the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee and prepare Cookie’s breakfast (a three-course affair) and give her medication. I sit down to enjoy a mug of coffee and read The New York Times for about 45 minutes, then get dressed, put on make up, make the bed, brush Cookie, and sometimes get a wash going. It’s then back more

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Criticism…Can You Take It?

Posted on January 30, 2016 11:55 am

Not always to be honest. I’m a tad sensitive to criticism, as it can put me on the defensive. I think it is partly due to the fact that I am always striving to do things exceptionally well, so getting criticized means that I have not measured up to my own expectations or to the expectations of others. But I am also aware that who is doing the criticizing plays a role in how I react. I am not keen on family members criticizing me, as there is the emotional element attached to that. If friends or business acquaintances are critical of me, the initial sting is still there, but I then push myself to react differently. I want to see if there is any merit to the criticism so that I can benefit from it or use it to repair or improve a situation or relationship. more

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Goals…Who Needs Them…Everyone!

Posted on January 4, 2016 01:25 pm

Here’s what my desk looks like: A good portion of it is taken up by a large Mac computer. To the left sits a three-tiered stand for papers and folders. Cushioned between them is a bowl that holds lots of tiny paper binders, jumbo paper clips, my favorite eraser, and a half-full bottle of pale pink nail polish, while in back is an old ceramic mustard jar stuffed with pens and pencils. On both sides of the desk are various-sized note pads. On each of the smaller pads are lists detailing my goals for the days or weeks to come, oftentimes broken down by morning, afternoon, or day of the week. My objective is to cross out what has been completed, which gives me an enormous sense accomplishment. It also more

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Are You Ready for a New Year?

Posted on December 14, 2015 01:40 pm

I am sitting at my desk this mid-December, embracing the holiday season and the impending new year, a time of infinite possibilities. I am feeling pretty good about the year that is almost at its end. I started 2015 with some big goals but was kind enough to myself to allow lots of time to accomplish what I wanted, so it is okay that I am not yet done. I still have big dreams…places to get to in my life and a need to achieve so much more. And with a new twelve months ahead of me, it all still seems within my grasp. Was your 2015 all you hoped for, less than you expected, or did you simply drift along? more

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How to Survive the Holidays with Ease

Posted on November 30, 2015 01:55 pm

Now that the first major holiday of the season—Thanksgiving—is over, you’re getting ready for THE BIG ONE! So, which camp are you in? “This is my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to get started,” “How can I deal—once again—with my family and all the same issues?” or “How can I possibly manage to get everything done without getting wildly stressed?” For some people, the holiday season is their absolute favorite time of the year, as it more

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How Being Grateful Pushed Fear Away

Posted on November 19, 2015 02:17 pm

My mom is 95 and my dog, Cookie, is 14. I am fully aware that at some point—probably sooner than I would like to think—things will change. And I am quietly, inwardly attempting to prepare myself because for some crazy reason I think it will happen at the same time. I know—“Nothing is written”—and I fully believe it but nothing lasts forever. And when things change, when my mom and Cookie are no longer here, the hole will be so wide and so deep...It’s scary. more

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Self-Limiting Beliefs…Give ‘em the Boot!

Posted on April 10, 2014 03:42 pm

• I’ll never make enough money • I’ll never find my soul mate • I’ll never lose the weight Any of these sound familiar? They are known as self-limiting beliefs, and many of us have at least one of them. They may be delivered as facts but are anything but. They are instead beliefs, opinions, or assumptions we have about ourselves that seem unshakable and the absolute truth. But they are only true because we have decided they are and believe that nothing can shake them. The bad news is that these beliefs declare that nothing will ever change, or we don’t deserve anything better. Recall the term self-fulfilling prophesy? If you believe that something will never happen, well you can be sure it won’t. You are setting yourself up for failure and when it comes, maybe it will even feel good in some strange way, knowing that you were right about nothing changing. The big problem with self-limiting beliefs is that they can greatly limit your ability to achieve your goals and attain success, as they pretty much strip us of the power to change what is. more

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Patience...A Superior Life Tool

Posted on February 18, 2014 06:44 pm

Today is Friday, the day I spend with my elderly mom. I leave home at 10:45, head over to the garage to pick up the car, and drive the 45 minutes or so to Brooklyn to the European Hair Center, where mom is getting her full head of brilliant white hair coiffed and her slender nails painted bright red. There she is, carefully dressed all in gray with a lime green, magenta, and navy silk scarf peaking out from the top of her gray tweed swing coat. She is looking elegant as she walks unsteadily over to the car. I help her in and off we go to Del Rio’s, the local diner. “How do I look?” she asks. “You look great. I love your hair. Who styled it?” I say. And so it goes until we get to the diner, where we are seated at a generously sized booth at the window. I know what she wants to eat. It has been the same for the last 4 months or so. “My mom will have a waffle with bacon. And decaf coffee with half-and-half, but she wants her coffee when the waffle comes, not before.” more

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Work-Life Balance…Not a 50/50 Proposition

Posted on April 8, 2013 03:08 pm

Like many things in life, how we balance work with the rest of our lives is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. When putting my thoughts together for this blog, I kept getting stuck on the idea that balance means equal weight. I came to realize after some thought that work-life balance isn’t really about how much time we spend working vs. how much time we spend living the rest of our lives. It is about successfully integrating the achieving part of our lives with the enjoyment part of our lives. I might work 75 percent of my time and be very happy, while you might work only 60 percent of your time. more

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Eating…Little Changes Make All the Difference

Posted on March 20, 2013 01:11 pm

Each of us has our own particular routine when it comes to food. And sometimes it serves us well and sometimes it doesn’t. When it comes to having control over what we eat—and ultimately how we look and feel—small changes to our routines can make all the difference. Consider these: #1 Plan Your Day. To control what you take in, plan your meals—and snacks—instead of winging them. Either make a mental note of what your meals will consist of or jot them down on paper. This way you can plan healthful choices for your whole day that will keep you eating right. #2 Have Breakfast. Begin your day with a lean protein or whole grain—based breakfast. This more

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