You Never Listen to Me!

Have you ever found yourself giving advice to a loved one, only to end up disappointed and frustrated because they didn’t listen to you?  Maybe you’ve tried telling your best friend to quit that awful job already.  “Can’t you see that it’s making you miserable?  You’ll be so much better off once you resign!”  Or…

The Real Reason Many of Us Don’t Feel Accepted

If I’ve spent my life trying to be accepted, why have I never felt accepted?  As it turns out, it appears as if I’ve been making a giant mistake.  I’m willing to bet that most people seeking acceptance have made the very same mistake at one time or another. My fatal flaw is this:  I…

Want to Change the World?  Be a Monkey.

Do you ever wonder if you can make a difference in the world?  Truly, really make a difference?  I do.  I wonder this all the time.  I vividly remember myself as a 9-year-old girl in pigtails, playing with Barbie dolls, scribbling stories in tattered notebooks and dreaming of changing the world.  Very early on, I…

I’m Right and I Can Prove It!

I have a lengthy set of notes stored in my iPhone that I use specifically to keep track of facts that I can use in fictitious arguments with as-yet-to-be-determined individuals that might disagree with me on a given subject.  I’m not proud of it.  It’s pretty embarrassing, to be honest.  What kind of pathetic and…

Maybe the Key To Success is Closing Our Mouths

Have you ever wondered why Oprah is so rich and successful?  Oprah Winfrey is known around the world as a thought leader and brilliant entrepreneur who overcome incredible personal challenges to not only rise to the top of her career field, but to break through barriers and create new definitions of success.  The catalyst for…

Thank You Failure, Heartbreak and Pain

When we think of gratitude we often gravitate toward giving thanks to the people and things that have made our lives better – usually the people that have shown us kindness, or the things that have helped paved the way to our success.  It’s often the shiny, happy things that we express gratitude for.  But…

You Get to Keep the Love

Do you ever fantasize about running into an ex and showing him or her how much happier, sexier, smarter and altogether amazing you are now?  I think a lot of us have revenge fantasies where we get to prove to someone from our past how much better our life is now that they’re not in…

It’s Always Flu Season – And You’re Always Contagious

Hey, did you hear?  It’s flu season!  Lots of people in my community are getting the sniffles, and I have been getting notices from school nurses and newscasters to get my flu shot and wash my hands.  Duly noted.  I want to stay healthy, and I‘m well aware that viruses can spread like wildfire.    But…

How to Tap Into the Energy of a Child

Have you ever looked at young child and thought, “I wish I had a fraction of the energy that kid has?”  Kids seem to have a never-ending supply of boundless energy from sun up to sun down.  My own two sons can barely sit still long enough to eat a proper meal, and when they…

Why You Should Always Eat the Last Slice of Pizza

I’m a good person.  At least, I sure try to be.  I admire my parents’ never-ending generosity, patience, kindness and love, and I try to emulate them anyway I can.  You know that famous saying, “She’s the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back?”  I want to be that person! …

I Was Wrong vs. You Were Wrong

There is no phrase in the world I hate hearing more than, “I told you so.”  It’s awful!  It’s like nails on a chalkboard when I hear the phrase.  I want to be good and smart and perfect, so the thought of someone pointing out how wrong I was and how right they are makes…

What Label Are You Wearing Today?

Sometimes I think we should all walk around with signs around our necks.  This is not a unique idea.  I remember Jane suggesting this very concept in the movie “For Love of the Game.”  The idea Jane proposed was that if men and women wore signs around our neck describing our thoughts, life would be…