Even Nobodies Have Gifts to Offer the World

Even Nobodies Have Gifts to Offer the World

Inside: I am a struggler, a nobody. But I am also BRAVE and I am BEAUTIFUL. And I am so stubborn and will not quit. And even nobodies have gifts to offer the world. The other morning I woke up afraid. Before I had really even begun my day, I opened my eyes and there she was. Catching in my throat, preventing me from pulling in a deep breath. I reluctantly said hello to Fear; she is a guest who likes to sneak in unbidden and overstay her welcome. I […]

3 Purposeful Questions I Ask Myself Each Night

3 Purposeful Questions I Ask Myself Each Night

I am a big fan of rhythm and routine – a natural part of my ISFJ, Enneagram 1 personality type. Not rigid and inflexible as in past years when I lived like the slave rather than the master of my agenda. But a gentle structure that ebbs and flows as needed and generally helps me live purposefully, clearly aligned to my primary goals and values. An important part of my daily rhythm is to begin and end my days with simple routines designed to support mind, body and spirit health. Nothing fancy and occasionally I […]

How The Four Tendencies Personality Profile Made Me a Better Parent

How The Four Tendencies Personality Profile Made Me a Better Parent

I think it was the moment when she was three years old and she crossed her arms, widened her stance, and stared me dead on that I knew I was in trouble. This tiny person with chubby cheeks and chocolatey almond-shaped eyes was not impressed by my angry eyebrows, my threats of consequences or even my raised voice. None of the authoritarian parenting tactics that had worked with her big brother swayed her in the least. In fact, they made things significantly worse. I had backed her into a corner […]

Living Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Living Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Inside: Everything changes when we practice living eyes and heart wide open. We shift from fear to curiosity, from wanting everything to work out just right into joyful possibility. What might change in your life if you began living eyes and heart wide open? Just as my leg began to feel somewhat better after a year of difficulty I awoke one morning with pain and swelling in my foot; I walked on it two weeks before seeing my doc and getting an x-ray. Then in a rush to get to physiotherapy, […]