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There I was, ordering my Iced Venti Soy Chai at Starbucks.  My eyes were like a hawk watching the barista make my drink every single day to ensure they were using soy milk.  It was an intense time for me every morning.  It took a lot of focus.  I couldn’t smile at anyone, or even talk to those that […]

Years ago, I was paralyzed making a HUGE decision in my life.  I had been consulting in San Diego and traveling there for the past year and a half from Chicago.  I had fallen in love with EVERYTHING San Diego – the beach, the biking, the slower pace, and so much more!  The project I was working on in San […]

Last week I lost my precious friend, Louis Amoroso, at the age of 45 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  The picture is at my 40th birthday party where he came not knowing a soul and leaving as friends with everyone.   Louis spent his life inspiring others so I thought it only fitting to share some of […]

My secret goal for my book was 1000 copies.  It felt so big and scary that I didn’t even tell a soul.  Not one person.  Not even myself. Wait, what?  You might be thinking how could she not even know her own dream?  It happened.   I didn’t actually realize it was my goal until I got a book in the mail from […]

I just wanted to be able to say I would like pepperoni pizza for dinner.   I wish I was joking.  In 2013, I literally wanted to be able to tell someone what I wanted for dinner.  On the surface it seemed relatively simple.  Deep dish, I mean deep down, much more was happening.  I myself wanted to know what I even […]

“Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the mouth.” ~ Mike Tyson 2020 punched a lot of us in the mouth.  It is what you do with the punch that matters the most. Are you letting 2020 knock you down? Are you letting 2020 take you out of the fight? Or, are you using […]

In the spirit of the holidays, I had to share that I just received one of the BEST gifts I could have ever hoped for outside of the peace, love, happiness and health for all – pictures from my childhood! During my parents’ divorce, my father took all of our pictures and in a strange way, […]

Years ago, JD had open-heart surgery.  The doctors took his heart out of his body and kept it running through a machine for 287 minutes!  287 minutes!?!  I still can’t even believe the brilliance of the human mind to come up with this idea AND make it happen!!!  Fortunately, the surgery was a success and JD is stronger than […]

With Thanksgiving coming upon us, it is always a beautiful time to feel our gratitude.  We all know gratitude has uplifting effects.  It improves happiness, optimism, generosity, sleep, energy, and facilitates a healthier mind, body, and soul.  So why is it so hard to stay in a place of gratitude all the time?   We can fall out of gratitude […]

Political views aside, this is a big week for all of us.  With fear so pervasive it will be important for you to be intentional about keeping your spirits high.  Why? Albert Einstein said “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”  If you allow yourself to drop in to a place of fear, you […]

This week I was teaching at Rancho La Puerta which is a magical wellness resort and spa just over the border in Tecate, Mexico.  Nestled in a valley next to Mt. Kuchumaa, said to have special healing powers, I found myself relaxing in to the beauty and expansiveness of life, especially as I watched the […]

We were fishing the other day and Steve landed a HUGE cutthroat trout!  The excitement was high. AND, the fishing net was missing!!!  Uh oh!!!  Now what? I looked around the boat.  I first grabbed a life jacket thinking I could cradle it in the boat.  Ummm, not the best idea I have ever had.  I then saw my beach bag […]

Let me ask you: what do you think of life coaches? I never wanted to be a life coach.  It’s not because I don’t like life coaches.  I do.  Life coaches can truly help people change their lives.  And, life coaching is what I do, kind of.   I never wanted to be a life coach because it is a label.  When you […]

For years I have been deathly afraid of seeing a bear while hiking, especially in Jackson Hole and Alaska.  This week I faced my fear, literally.   Bear in mind, I was hiking alone on a remote ridge an hour and a half outside of Jackson Hole on bumpy dirt roads that rattle out your fillings.  The views […]