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"Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far." - Jodi Picoult

Five Strategies for Coping with COVID-19-Related Anxiety and Stress

For the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, as restrictions began rolling out and normal life became a thing of the past, I found it really hard to stay focused. Even though I wrote a blog post on seeing shelter-in-place as an opportunity and I had a list of …

"Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy." - Nora Roberts

From Frustration to Joy – Learning to Thrive in the Time of COVID-19

As the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reality of the disruptions to daily life began to settle in, like most of you I experienced a range of emotions, mostly negative: Frustration – I had planned to devote my year to following my joy compass, but a bunch of …

"Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Does Joy Have Any Practical Value?

In my last blog post (Reflections on 2019), I mentioned that part of my “experiment” for 2020 involved following my “Joy Compass.” Now, if you knew me, you would understand how truly bizarre that sounds. I’m the last person anyone would expect to be writing about joy, much less pursuing …

"We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience." - John Dewey

Reflections on 2019: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

To say that 2019 didn’t go as planned would be an understatement, and I’ve really struggled with sitting down to write this post. Nothing went the way it was supposed to – and I ended the year feeling further away from my life vision than when I started last January. …

"Just as atoms are the building blocks of molecules, atomic habits are the building blocks of remarkable results." - James Clear

Library of Excellence: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list when it was released, and for good reason – it’s one of the best, most practical books on the topic of creating positive personal changes that produce real results. Clear begins with the basic premise that when …

Guest Post: “7 Steps to Help You Achieve More by Doing Less” by Captain Orjiugo

“I don’t have time”. This is one of the most commonly used (and misused) expressions of all time. As a matter of fact; apart from “I love you”, it is the most abused expression I’ve heard. There are several things wrong with that mentality. First, it presents time as though …

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does: Part 3 – A Kaizen Approach to Building Self-Confidence

Let’s face it – there are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to carry the weight of your dream or goal by yourself. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a circle of enthusiastic supporters, when it comes to doing the work to turn …

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does: Part 2 – Combatting Negative Self-Talk

Have you ever eavesdropped on the conversations that go on in your head? They can be pretty brutal. According to a widely referenced article published by the National Science Foundation, the average person has somewhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, and 80% of them are negative. Read that …

"When you believe in yourself, you have 100% of the people you need on your side." - Anima Vitam

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does – Part 1: Protecting Yourself from the Dream Crushers

Have you ever had a dream or an idea that lit you up inside? Something that caused excitement to bubble up inside you like a spring of clear, fresh water? Something that brought a smile to your face and gave you the warm fuzzies? Something that made you feel like …