Breaking Up With Others

Breaking Up With Others
We met weekly for 6 years, and then one day, it was done. We were breaking up. I have a committed group of friends, that met once a week for dinner get togethers, religously for years. We started the group when we first had kids — we all needed a night away from being parents, ...

What Blocks Joy?

What Blocks Joy?
Sure, you have everything already. A decent job, some good friends, maybe a spouse or other family you love; you have mastered your basic needs. But, you have this underlying feeling that something is missing, something is a bit empty: true joy eludes you. You go through life with a mild questioning, where is this ...

Why Self-Awareness Can Hurt

Why Self-Awareness Can Hurt
    Self-awareness and mindfulness is touted as the cure all for any of your troubles. But is it? Want to have a happy life? Become self-aware enough to identify your happy activities, and pursue them. Want better children? Be self-aware of the baggage you bring from your childhood, and mindful of giving praise for effort ...

Can You Handle The Truth? 1

Can You Handle The Truth?
Telling the truth has one set of challenges, but hearing the truth is another matter entirely. My 7 year old is a constant vehicle of my personal growth and showed me about truth recently. My son likes to build things, mostly Lego cars or vehicles of any kind, and snap-on model car kits. My friend said recently ...

To Push Your Kids, or Not?

To Push Your Kids, or Not?
  When my son was born, I doubted myself about many things. If I would be a good mother. If I would clip his tiny fingers with the nail-clippers. If I would drop him on his head and cause brain damage. If I could raise a confident child. But, there was one thing I did not ...