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Our emotions are always with us. Reacting to our thoughts, our encounters and everything around us, often our emotions seem to have a life of their own. When confronted with something we find unpleasant or unkind, we may politely smile, rant and rave, scream and cry, or simply walk away. As Zig Ziglar once said, It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens …

A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

So far away, yet right around the corner. It’s only July, yet that’s exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but its also a time to make plans. And those plans are what might be the determining factor for whether you’re going to have a relatively calm school year, or feel like you have to …

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky; when I told my parents I wanted to go to college in Austin, Texas, my mother, in true form, pulled out the encyclopedia and showed me the map of the United States. Susie! Do you see how many inches Austin, Texas, is away from here?! My, how times have changed! Not only did my parents survive the move away from hard-copy encyclopedias to the …

Ahhhhh, summer break! School’s out for kids, educators might be able to take some time off from their jobs, or at least have a modified schedule without as many of the kids in the building, and lots of families will try to take some sort of vacation. Whether a stay-cation or a trip to some exotic location, give yourself the gift that keeps on giving: real time away from work. …

When I put my house in order, I discovered what I really waned to do. Marie Kondo’s book, the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, offers this quote as proof of a side benefit to cleaning up one’s home. After following the cleaning process of focusing by category, rather than simply going room-by-room, Kondo says she notices a surprising change to the clients’ outlooks …

As an educator I have learned that there’s nothing quite like those teachable moments. The lesson is planned and organized,  the topic has been introduced to the students, and then…something happens that pretty much tosses the lesson plan out the window, but, can you believe it?…just brings your point home. It wasn’t on my agenda, I didn’t know it was going to happen, it brought a bit of chaos to …

  There is so much mindfulness meditation can teach us: how to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings; how our thoughts and feelings impact our bodies and actions; strategies to find greater focus and decrease anxiety and stress. Yet, one of the areas I’ve found to be the most beneficial has been the journey of learning along the way. This has not been a simple “open the book …

You’ve heard about all the benefits associated with mindfulness meditation. You want to be involved, establish a practice, and experience those benefits yourself: lowered stress and anxiety; improved emotional regulation; increases in the areas of attention span, focus, and executive functioning. These sound great, but when can you fit it in? Never. You don’t “fit” mindfulness into your schedule. Rather, you make the time, and take the time. You do …

I teach people how to meditate and the most common statement I hear them utter is: I must not be very good at this. I just can’t seem to do it right. My mind keeps wandering!  Actually, hearing them say this always makes me smile. Because, guess what? This is actually a sign that they are doing it exactly right! Doesn’t make sense, you say? Let’s look at a few …