• You are Enough!

    Jul 14, 2014

    I’ve always been a fan of Colbie Caillat’s sweet songs and melodies, and now I love her even more! Her latest music video for the song, “Try” is beautiful because of it’s simplicity. Her message is clear: you are enough. We live in constant inundation of images and messages from the media as well as […]

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  • Young Women Looking Toward the Future

    Jul 14, 2014

    I had the privilege of meeting a delightful group of young ladies visiting from Mexico. They are part of the Leaders Now International network and have completed a year’s worth of leadership development courses, workshops and service activities to develop their own skills and interests. I had the opportunity to give them a talk and share some […]

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  • Breathe your Way to Lower Stress

    Apr 19, 2014

    The rapid pace of modern life puts great stress on us on a daily basis. Have you ever been told or mentioned to someone, “just breathe?” There is more depth to this advice than we realize, and the simple act of taking a few deep breathes can have a tremendous impact on our state of mind and […]

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  • End of the Year Reflections

    Dec 30, 2013

    As we near the end of 2013, I get a bit nostalgic and take a look back at what this year has brought. I am not a fan of “resolutions,” but I do think the end of the year gives us an opportunity to appreciate what we have accomplished and set goals for the coming […]

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  • You Can Train your Brain to be More Successful

    Dec 13, 2013

    Although we live in an era of smartphones and gadgets that can make us more productive, it seems we could be overlooking the most important tool to achieve success: our brain. According to the recent studies, we can take specific actions to influence how our brain functions and reacts to diverse scenarios. I tried smiling […]

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  • Be Grateful…

    Nov 27, 2013

    As Thanksgiving approaches, it makes me reflect upon the things I am grateful for… and also reminds me that I should be grateful more often. Coincidentally, I found the TED Talk above regarding this very topic. I agree with Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, who gives us very simple tips to be more grateful. He says […]

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  • The Innovation of Loneliness

    Sep 9, 2013

    This morning, I stumbled onto a gem (click image above to watch video). I know we all feel this way sometimes, we know that social media is taking over our lives but we just can’t put our finger on the exact issue. This video gives a great explanation of what we are doing to ourselves […]

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  • Mandela Day: You can Take Action

    Jul 18, 2013

    Today is Nelson Mandela International Day commemorating the birthday (July 18) of the African leader, and promoting a call to action: “Mr. Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving […]

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  • Everyone is Worthy of a Biography

    Jul 12, 2013

    In college, I took a course on 18th century English literature that focused on works by Samuel Johnson, and I was profoundly struck by an essay he wrote about biographies, which I keep in mind to this day. Johnson writes: “I have often thought that there has rarely passed a life of which a judicious […]

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  • Looking on the bright side

    Jun 20, 2013

    Be positive

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