I was just listening to a panel discussion about effective behaviors of people who coach sports. The panelists said a whole bunch of interesting things about discipline and motivation. I was most struck by one man’s advice to teach kids (people) to have a mistake strategy or mistake ritual.Read full story
I recently heard a man interviewed about writing Thank You cards. The idea made me smile from ear to ear. His idea had nothing to do with the obligatory Thank Yous one is supposed to write, after receiving a gift. Nope, not the kind you mean to write but then don’t, and then beat yourself [...]Read full story
Be Porous, not Teflon
If you go through life with a Teflon coating, you miss out. So often it’s a matter of incorrectly thinking we have too much to do to take the extra time to enjoy our surroundings. Too much to do? That supposition deserves a second look.Read full story
Be the Adjectives You Admire! A TO DO list worth doing!
Can you think of 6 words to describe yourself? Probably not too hard to do, so take a minute. I hope you come up with lots of positive adjectives! If not, practice a little self compassion and try again. Nobody gets to see the list so why not brag a little, about yourself to yourself. [...]Read full story
The How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge, be quick to smile and slow to scold.
One gorgeous spring day, my three kids were in the backyard making mud with the hose, lots and lots of mud. They’d come up with the marvelous, incredible, never before experienced, “How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge.” Unbeknownst to me one of them had run into the house to get the [...]Read full story
In the coming year, I vow to be a uni-tasker.
The whole concept that multitasking is wonderful, is quite frankly absurd. I don’t buy the theory, that if only we could master multitasking we would have a better life. I say, “Bptptptp” to that (imagine the Smiley Lady blowing a raspberry). Multitask and you lose the entire experience of each of the things you’ve jumbled [...]Read full story
The Years Will Fly By, Will You Miss Them?
“Oh the miles we logged.” says Hub Cap Smiley.Read full story
Giant List of Smiley, Joyful Things
My giant list of smiley things makes me smile every time I walk into my office. I have a giant list of smiley things taped to the wall in my office. I started it when I took the class Awakening Joy. Discussing ways to be more joyful was a very pleasant way to spend one [...]Read full story
Working on your Internal Optimistic Narrator can Change your Life
Keyboard Smiley was glad to see me when I came back to my desk. Today’s been a busy day. Middle of the afternoon, lots of stuff to still get done. I took a break and pulled out a puzzle book. After 20 minutes I said to myself, “Ok. Quit wasting time. Back to work.” Yikes. [...]Read full story
Just Say Yes
Chocolate Pudding Smiley Not in the tub; hard to believe but on that day I forgot to snap pictures!Read full story