This morning I woke up feeling like I’m stuck in the movie, Groundhog Day, repeating the same routines over and over again. I fed the cats, cleaned their litter boxes, refreshed their water, then went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.
Last week I had a conversation with a friend who was disappointed in herself for not achieving a goal that she intended to accomplish. As I listened to her talk about what she could have done differently, I was amazed at how hard she was on herself. Really hard. Isn’t it strange how we actually think that berating ourselves will somehow make a positive difference?
This week, as we head into the busy holiday season, I want to invite you to think about what brings you joy. What do you love to do during this time of year? Who do you love to spend time with? When the end of the season comes, what do you wish you had done more of?
It's tree-pruning time in New England and I recently spent an afternoon with Jim, our gardener, learning about how to support the trees we've planted in our yard. As it turns out, the care and nurturing of trees can teach us a few things about the care and nurturing of our lives.
Over the years I’ve spoken to thousands of people about realizing their dreams and accomplishing their goals. By now most of us know that putting an action plan in place with simple steps is what gets us on the path. But, many people never get that far because of common obstacles that get in their way. Handling these roadblocks beforehand can improve your odds for success. Here are some of the roadblocks to avoid:
These days I feel like I’m getting a Masters degree in dealing with grief and loss, and I hope I’m not depressing you. It’s just that right now I can’t pretend that everything’s okay. Because it’s not.
Today is the last day of a much-needed vacation. After a year of full-on travel, I decided to give myself the gift of downtime. No airplanes. No emails. No phone calls or meetings. Just lots of rest, daydreaming, relaxation, movies, reading good books, sleeping late, laughter, and long, lazy visits with friends.