End in Mind

Recently, a group of colleagues and I began reading and discussing Stephen Covey’s classic book  and workbook, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Now what came about from our initial meeting was the realization of just how ineffective many of us were. Some of us may have even thought we were fairly productive and balanced. But when … Continue reading

Lost Ones

Earlier this week, one of my former best friends called me a miserable, toxic, and disrespectful person – adding to a list that already included hateful, negative, unsupportive, and judgmental.  Yikes. Rewind six-months, and I took the risk of commenting on her personal life to better understand something I was uncomfortable with. Obviously, this wasn’t … Continue reading

What does love mean to you?

I’m always on the fence about Valentine’s Day. On the one hand, it is a good grand gesture opportunity for those who want or need it. On the other hand, I don’t think over-the-top displays of love and affection should be reserved for just one day. But I participate. And so does my husband. (I … Continue reading

Find Your Inspiration II

I wrote Find Your Inspiration almost two years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite and most-read posts. And since inspiration has been surrounding me so much lately, I decided to give part II a go. My motivation has been up and down in the past month, sort of like my energy. But fortunately, inspiration … Continue reading

People & Problems

As much as we’d like it to be, life isn’t always positivity, sunshine, and righteousness. Sometimes, it’s negative, dark, and mistake-ridden. But how we reconcile and embrace these, is the surest way to find our joy. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve witnessed grown adults behave despicably. These people have been reckless in their … Continue reading

Change of Plans

A year or more ago, I would have never believed that I would be able to find peace in chaos. I liked having a plan. I liked doing things right. I’ve never considered myself a go-with-the-flow kind of gal. And my husband can attest to how frustrated and obnoxious I would get when things didn’t … Continue reading

Opportunities to Fail

The funny thing about writing an anti-perfectionism blog is that there’s this expectation that you’ll be perfect at it. People expect that because I write about taking it easy on myself, about detachment, confidence, acceptance, etc., that I have all these things down pat. Well, I have to break it to you: I don’t. This … Continue reading


I’m slightly obsessed with happy people. And not just the momentary happiness that material things bring, but that deep down, genuine joy that meets you on the other side of darkness. I can’t get enough. I don’t know what happened or what went on behind closed doors, but I know that humble, authentic joy that … Continue reading

Freedom & Truth

The husband and I are GYSTing together again. This time, we’re cutting back on eating out. We’ve limited ourselves to just three times a week each, including the times we eat out together. Since I forgot about the challenge – and since I have little self-control when it comes to food – I’ve been done … Continue reading

GYST: How to Refocus

If we’re being honest here – as in, here, in this blog… and in life – can I just mention how far off track I get every now and then? I swear, I’m way too easily distracted, and sometimes downright lazy. And unfortunately, the past couple weeks have kind of been that way. Yes, I … Continue reading