10 Creativity Exercises To Overcome Your Fears

Creativity Exercises

“It’s not enough to be busy (the ants are busy), we must ask what we are busy about.” ~ Henry David Thoreau I remember the words of my chiropractor several years ago “We are here to create.” Her words stuck with me. So obvious and yet not. Of course, we make babies, houses, businesses, knitted…  Continue Reading

How To Confidently Tell Someone You Like Them

How to Tell Someone You Like Them

In recent years, I’ve been more forthcoming in my expressions of love, admiration, and regard for the people around me — from complete strangers to romantic partners. I’ve come to the conclusion that life is short, and if you think or feel something positive about another person, you should tell them — even if it…  Continue Reading

Quiz: What Is Your Personality Type?

Knowing your personality type helps you understand yourself, your interests, your motivations, and your relationships. Although your personality type doesn’t completely define who you are, it helps you have much more awareness about yourself and gives you tools for making important decisions in your life. What Is Your Unique Personality Type? What did your personality…  Continue Reading

The Top 15 Personal Development Posts Of 2015

Top Personal Development Posts

This was a year of big change for me. Maybe it was for you as well. My youngest child graduated from high school and started college, officially making me an empty nester. I moved from my hometown of Atlanta, leaving the house I’d lived in for almost 20 years, to move to Asheville, North Carolina…  Continue Reading

21 Things To Do By Yourself To Relax And Recharge

Things To Do By Yourself

A few years ago, this time of year was crazy busy for me. It is now too, but for different reasons. Back then, I had three kids living at home, and I was neck-deep in all of the holiday hoopla that goes with having school-aged children. Lots of driving. Lots of school events, ballet performances,…  Continue Reading

41 Things To Let Go From Your Life This Year

Things to Let Go

This year could be the best you’ve ever had. This could be the year when you accomplish more than you ever imagined. This could be the year when you finally feel content. This  could be the year when your relationships are happy and strong. This could be the year when you feel great about yourself. With…  Continue Reading

10 Ways To Calm Down When You’re Angry

Ways to Calm Down

Feeling angry is normal. It’s hardwired into us. It’s a natural reaction to a perceived threat. The threat could be to ourselves, someone we love, our property, or our sense of identity. You definitely know anger when you feel it. It sometimes shows up in more subtle feelings like irritation, indignation, or frustration. On the high end…  Continue Reading

10-Minute Digital Declutter: My New Book Helps You Eliminate Technology Overload

Digital Declutter

Remember back in the day when families sat down to dinner and actually talked to each other? If you wanted to communicate with someone, you picked up the phone and made a call — or arranged to meet them. Yes, live and in person. Your free time was spent reading, hanging out with people, going…  Continue Reading

What Is Empathy And How Does It Differ From Sympathy?

What Is Empathy

Have you ever had someone acknowledge and reflect back to you what you’re feeling so perfectly that it made you tear up? Has someone ever taken the time to sit with you quietly in your grief and just hold your hand? Have you ever told someone your story, shared your pain, or acknowledged your shame,…  Continue Reading

21 Good Books To Read For Fall

Good Books to Read

Fall is officially here, and as the weather gets colder, I love to cuddle up with a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and my Kindle. Reading is definitely my favorite pastime, as well as a necessary part of my work as a writer and author. I tend to have one novel and one non-fiction…  Continue Reading

40 Hobbies For Women To Strengthen Your Brain And Body

Hobbies for Women

I’ve been doing research recently for an upcoming book on digital decluttering and spending less time online. One thing I learned is that we spend an average of about 23 hours a week on email, texting and social media. That’s a full day on your digital devices — and that doesn’t count the time you use your devices…  Continue Reading

10 Reasons Highly Sensitive People Are Highly Valuable

Highly Sensitive People

Have you ever heard these words before? “Don’t be such a cry baby!” “I was just kidding — don’t take things so seriously.” “You are way too sensitive. Get over it.” If you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP) like me, you’ve probably felt “different” all of your life. While friends and family could let things…  Continue Reading

Self-Improvement Hiatus: 10 Reasons To Stop Trying So Hard To Be A Better You

Self-Improvement Hiatus

I’ve been a self-improvement enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Perhaps some of the dysfunction in my family when I was a child led me to search for answers and coping skills. But I also know I’m naturally inclined to be a seeker and a learner. I like reading personal growth books, listening…  Continue Reading

6 Simple Ways To Become An Optimistic Person + An Attitude Quiz

Optimistic Person

Have you ever been so worried about something that just being around an upbeat person really pissed you off? How can they be so positive when things are going so crappy for you? What do they have to be so happy about? It does appear that some people are born optimists. The world can be falling…  Continue Reading

Empathic Listening: 8 Strategies For Compassionate Communication

Empathic Listening

One of the most valuable personal growth skills we can learn is empathic listening. It’s a skill that not only serves others, but also one that stretches us to become more loving, compassionate, and patient people. It’s an important skill to master both for your personal and professional interactions. Maybe you’re a person others naturally…  Continue Reading