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Everybody loves a good shot in the arm. Not the kind of shot you get from a doctor when you’re sick, but the kind of shot that gives you a burst of enthusiasm or a sense of renewal…a reminder of why you do what you do. That’s the kind of shot in the arm I received when attending Momentous Institute’s Changing the Odds Conference 2016. The list of speakers included …

It is not unusual for my company to be approached by different groups who wish to highlight specific areas of concern; until I was approached for this subject-matter I never agreed. In this case, Julia Merrill, a retired nurse who offers strategies to help veterans with PTSD, provides wonderful information. Thank you, Julia, for this much needed advice. And, thank you, to all of our armed services and community responders …

Another family weekend, but this time with my husband’s siblings and spouses: Lots of stories from years gone by Catching up on other family members and former high school friends Too much food This special time leads me to wonder: how many people don’t get together with siblings because of disagreements and stresses from over the years? When you’re growing up all siblings have the typical issues: Borrowing vs just …

According to an assessment I took as part of the Power of Self leadership training group, my top personal strength is LEARNER, meaning that I want to continuously learn new things and improve in all areas. Well, no surprise there! As a friend once said to me, “You are never without a goal or project. You are always working toward something!” It, then, is only to be expected that I …

Schools across the country are nearing their “start” date. In preparation for the new school year, now would be a good time for families to put a few processes in place that will help the year start off with a smoother beginning. For families, this involves considering a home study area, extracurricular planning, and an open, honest discussion about the expectations for both students and parents. (Parents, take note: many …

What do crossfit and meditation have in common? They both strengthen the skills that make us healthier people: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Each day when I show up at Crossfit Rowlett, I know I’m going to be one of the least fit people there. But, that’s to be expected. After only a month since joining, I know trainers will encourage me, I will receive support and encouragement from other participants, …

After three days at the International Positive Education Festival, attendees could not help but to feel renewed. First, Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, spoke about grit being a greater predictor of success and well-being than IQ (“talent counts; effort counts twice”). Later that day, Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, spoke about the history of the movement and the research revealing its …

I have a confession to make. On a recent family trip, I became upset, and I started screaming. At my husband, at children, at grandchildren. I totally lost it! It was an incident of no self-control whatsoever. Now, I know this is not something one might expect from someone who has been practicing mindfulness for a number of years. The truth is, I had set aside my formal practice for …

How often do you listen to the woes of a friend of family member, and do only that: just listen? While many of us want to try to offer a solution and help solve problems for others, active listening may just be the biggest gift you can offer to someone else. Enter the Crisis Text Line, a free text service that offers exactly this: active listening. The service operates free …

I have a cold. I’m on a girlfriend trip with friends from college, and I got a cold. I spent most of our last day together in a steam room – without my friends- trying to make my cold go away. I lasted through about 15 minutes of our final dinner together, and finally gave it up, went back to the room, finished packing and went to sleep, hoping to …