Life

Whenever someone ignores us, criticizes us, deceives us or leaves us for someone or something else it hurts! It feels like a body blow, and often (I know I’ve been guilty of this) we feel the need to react by telling that person off. After all, how could they do this? ..Or, maybe we respond by sulking and wondering what we did to deserve this treatment. These kinds of negative interactions can be so paralyzing and stressful that they can totally derail us and keep us from being happy, productive

Another graduation season has come and gone and, I have a confession to make. I realize that I’m oddly fascinated by commencement speeches. I know, that may sound strange but I have to tell you I love a good commencement speech. Maybe I’m drawn to the idea that it’ll provide me with a little inspiration or encouragement. Or perhaps I’m secretly hoping to uncover a few pearls of wisdom that have somehow eluded me all these years. More likely, and as my husband would say, it’s just that I have

The Five Most Important Conversations to Have When You’re Dating I wouldn’t recommend doing this on the first date but, if your relationship gets to the point where you think it might be one for the long haul these are important things to talk about with your partner. ..As someone who’s been married over 20 years I can tell you they are definitely important subjects to get out in the open early on.

News Flash: It’s NOT About Balance. So much is made of striking a balance in our lives, whether it’s eating a balanced diet, striving for spiritual balance, or the constant struggle for work/life balance. And yet despite our every effort, are our lives ever really balanced? And is that the end game? The older I get the more I question this need to be “balanced”. Maybe it’s just a rationalization but I can’t help but feel that instead of worrying about balance in our lives we’d be better off focusing

Obama: Nations Will Only Succeed If Women Are Successful Obama: “Nations Only Succeed if Women Are Successful” “We know from experience that nations are more successful when their women are successful…This is one of the most direct measures of whether a nation is going to develop effectively – how it treats its women.” -President Obama, speaking to students during his most recent trip to India

“You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Important” – Kathryn Stockett, The Help Early on, when I first started this site I wrote a post on the importance of making clients, co-workers and employees feel valued. As I wrote in that piece, there’s actually quite a lot of research to support the idea that making people – whether their customers or employees, feel that they matter ultimately leads to higher customer loyalty and employee retention. The feedback I received from the post was very positive. Many readers responded by saying

The Confidence Gap Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men; and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Heres why, and what to do about it. I’ll warn you this is a long form read, but I must say, it’s truly fascinating! One of the key points: women have long misunderstood a crucial component in success. It’s not enough to keep your head down and plug away. Having talent doesn’t just mean being competent. Confidence must be part of your talent. But here’s the thing, confidence

How Olympians Stay Motivated What distinguishes successful athletes? “Some of the most successful athletes aren’t necessarily the strongest or fastest, but simply the ones who are best at staying motivated.” And how do they do that? Maintaining a positive outlook, embracing the process, and perseverance. 

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