Will You Let Go of the Old to Make Room for the New?

When I bought my first place back in the 90s, I decided to replace the handles on every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I went to a hardware store and picked out new handles, unscrewed all the old ones, and replaced them with the shiny, new modern ones. Then I did […]

How would it feel to work less?

Work to live. Don’t live to work. Valorie Burton Point to Ponder: Happier people are more productive, thereby getting more work done in less time than others. Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to work less—if you could focus more on your family and other things that matter in your life. Work […]

This Isn’t the Way You Planned It

Do you ever feel like life just isn’t going the way you planned it? Perhaps you find yourself on the verge of giving up on a dream. Your job search seems fruitless. A relationship keeps hitting a brick wall. You get a little extra money, and then an unexpected expense saps the money as quickly […]

Is it time for a break?

Do you need a break? Many of us do, but the real question is whether or not you’ll take time for one. Those of us alive today are living at a faster pace than any human beings who’ve ever walked the planet. Advertisers tell us our tech gadgets will save us time, but as quickly […]

Joy Comes in the Morning!

Years ago, I visited Colorado Springs for a speaking engagement and a few meetings. A friend picked me up at the airport, and took me to dinner. We then headed to Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center, where I’d be staying during my trip. Before arriving, I had received a generous invitation from a staff […]

Is it time to stop trying to figure it out?

My mother loves to tell the story that when I was two years old, I taught myself how to tie my shoes. I’d asked her several times to teach me. Although she said she’d teach me when I got bigger, I insisted that she show me how to do it. So, she did. One afternoon […]

Who Are You Really?

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde In recent conversations, the theme “be yourself” has come up several times. And when themes emerge, I always like to seek the lesson for myself and eventually share it. If you feel like sometimes you struggle with saying what you mean, doing what you love, or relaxing […]

What Could It Mean That Your Answer Hasn’t Come Yet?

“I hate not knowing,” a friend complained as she tried to figure out some steps to take personally and professionally. “I’m used to having a game plan, but right now I feel stuck because I honestly don’t know what the right answer is. I want to plan the next stage of my life—and somehow, I […]

Want a better relationship? Prioritize Positivity

What does it take to be happy together? Finding someone with whom you can be yourself, share a common vision, and where there is a mutual respect and love is foundational. But once you’re in a relationship – and stress, busy schedules and the demands of life set in – it is important to be […]

What are you tolerating?

What exists in your life right now that isn’t quite the way you’d like it to be? You know, those things you put up with that you’ve been meaning to fix, but haven’t? Perhaps it’s the clutter piled up in your office or bedroom or your car. Maybe it’s the oil that needs to be […]