5 Best Productivity Tools for a Happier Year

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer To me, family and dear friends are everything. That means the day-to-day juggling of a demanding job and everything else that is important and meaningful to me (especiallyContinue reading “5 Best Productivity Tools for a Happier Year”

16 Favorite Moments of 2016: A Photojournal

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. – Groucho Marx Today is New Year’s Eve 2016, which makes it a perfectContinue reading “16 Favorite Moments of 2016: A Photojournal”

Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower More Time for Fun I love summer. I’ve said it before, but it’s always true. Sunshine, flowers, grass, pools, roadtrips … the potential is endlessContinue reading “Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun”

The Million Benefits of Gratitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Dr. Maya Angelou There must be a million benefits of gratitude. Whenever life takes my breath away, I’m reminded of what I’ve been given and myContinue reading “The Million Benefits of Gratitude”

Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson   When my family and I moved into our house last spring, we moved into a brick house with literally nothing outside but very sparse grass and a neglected deck. Although the emptiness in the backyardContinue reading “Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation”

A New Year: The Most Important Question

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale Each year at this time, many of us press pause for a few moments in anticipation of the new year. All around the world, cultures and peoplesContinue reading “A New Year: The Most Important Question”

10 Little Things I Love …

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” ― Leo F. Buscaglia It’s very uncomfortable in my house. There is no furniture. We have walls and carpet and hardwood, and pets, and food, and family, and love. But it’s funny, afterContinue reading “10 Little Things I Love …”

Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” – Henry Ford When we were young and in school, we had the wonderful opportunity to learn, to challenge ourselves, to sharpen and stretch and grow, and find out new things about ourselves. But when we cross the threshold from college years to adultContinue reading “Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn”

I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – AudreyContinue reading “I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit”