Category Archives: Learning & Personal Growth

Bodhisattva Warrior in Training

Tweet I spend about 1-3 hours in my car every day, 7-days a week. Most of the time I just drive with the radio off and enjoy the quiet solitude. At other times I listen to audio-books and other recordings such as educational seminars and workshops. Lately I’ve been listening to Pema Chodron’s Comfortable with…

Dreaming

Tweet As I was reading Jo Packman try to describe what dreaming is in her column “From my Kitchen Table” in the Aug/Sept/Oct 2011 Where Women Create issue I couldn’t help but identify with her definition, or lack of one. She described her dreams as ebbing and flowing, from one dream to the next, changing…

How Did I Get Here?

Tweet A recent article in Barbara Winter’s 25th Anniversary issue of Winning Ways gave a quick snapshot of highlights from the last 25-years since she started Winning Ways and teaching Making a Living Without a Job (which eventually blossomed into one of my favorite books). Her article had me looking into my own past and…

My Journey to Self-Discovery: A New Chapter Unfolds

Tweet When my Mom was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer in August 2009 I recognized that I would be taking on the role of caregiver. I also recognized that I wouldn’t be able to do this while also working full-time and building my business on the side, part-time. Something had to give. A…

Big Dreams and a Broken Heart

Tweet Over the past few months I have been participating in the Next Top Self-Help Author competition which combines a four-round elimination contest for a book publishing contract with a non-fiction writing and publishing tele-workshop series. December and January focused on educating us and round one of the competition began February 1st. This first round…

Looking for a little routine

Tweet I once read that Thomas Edison had several of the same suits made and he laid them out each night so that he “didn’t have to waste mental energy trying to decide what to wear each day.” I, on the other hand, have always resisted doing the same things, wearing the same things, eating…

I thought I was an introvert and that was that

Tweet I’m an introvert. And, as an introvert I know that I gain my energy from solitude and I’m often drained by large groups of people, or being around others for too long without a break. I know that I work best alone and I like it quiet, no background music or television. I can…

Some Choices Can’t be Undone

Tweet Recently while reading an article about Elizabeth Edwards I was moved by the courage she exhibited throughout her life. It also reminded me of the reaction I had when her husband, John Edwards, was discovered having an affair and had to withdraw his nomination for the presidential race. Here was a man who could…

A Decision Making Process

Tweet I always try to use my values as a guide when making decisions. I also try to use my goals, big dreams, needs, wants and day-to-day responsibilities as guides when making choices and decisions. (I say try, because I don’t always succeed.) This year I have two big goals. The first is to pay…

Redefining Success

Tweet How do you define success? Does the definition remain the same throughout your life or does it change over time? Years ago, during a particularly difficult financial period, I defined success as “being able to walk into any bookstore and buy what I wanted without going into debt.” What I failed to do once…