Confronting our Vulnerability in New Life Chapters

July 21st, 2023

Let’s face it, so much of what happens to us in life is beyond our control. We can do our best to set ourselves up for a productive, meaningful, and successful life, but there will be times when curveballs will find us and alter the course of our well-planned trajectory. I know this to be a fact because I have witnessed it many times in my own life! The 2020 pandemic altered the lives of millions of people. Everyone has … Read more.

A Story from My HEART As We Celebrate American Heart Month

February 8th, 2023

Although it has been over 30 years since this near fatal event happened, I can still get in touch with my feelings of helplessness very quickly! In honor of American Heart Month this February, I wanted to share my story with you and encourage everyone to be proactive in your heart health this year! My husband and I had driven to Wyoming from our home in Wisconsin to visit my Uncle and family and enjoy a vacation. On the first … Read more.

Walking Through the Firestorms Together

August 10th, 2021

A few weeks ago, my family experienced the true meaning of the often-heard expression, “life is so fragile.”  Our 3-month-old grandson was in the Pediatric ICU with a dangerous respiratory virus, RSV, and was fighting for his young life with all his strength.  My daughter would call me with frequent updates on his condition as my husband and I cared for her two other young children at their home and prayed for a miracle.   We were brought to our … Read more.

June is Effective Communication Month!

June 22nd, 2021

June is “Effective Communication Month” which is a perfect time to pause and examine our current habits and patterns of communication with others. A few years ago when I conducted my own research on communication between girlfriends, I saw many trends in what people value and also what they don’t like regarding communication styles. Two of the most important skills that women shared they look for and desire in their female friendships are LISTENING and VALIDATING.  In my book, “The … Read more.

May is “DATE YOUR MATE” month

May 13th, 2021

May is always a month of celebrations—graduations, Mother’s Day, Prom, End of school year honor programs and award ceremonies, and of course, Cinco de Mayo! But did you realize it is also the month of “DATE YOUR MATE” — a month to focus on taking your romantic relationship off “auto-pilot” and really giving it some intentional care and focus. Whether you have been with your current mate for a decade or five decades, life happens— and we get busy with … Read more.

March–It is all about CELEBRATING WOMEN!

March 31st, 2021

March is an important month for women around the world!  It prompts us to pause, reflect and celebrate the contributions of women throughout history and the decades of struggle for equality. On March 8th every year we commemorate International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the political, social, and economic achievements of women that began many years ago on March 8, 1911. March is also designated Women’s History Month, a celebration of the contributions women have made through the years … Read more.

Embracing Light, Love, & Life

February 1st, 2021

The past year has been unprecedented in every category.  It has left us longing for our former lives and the pre-pandemic world we knew as “normal.”  And the critical question now is…….how do we get back to our old lives, back to our loved ones, back to our jobs, back to vacations, and the endless list of routines we have had to give up the past many months in the name of survival.  Have hope, we will get there, we … Read more.

Keeping our Friendships Alive Through Holiday Traditions!

December 3rd, 2020

One of my very favorite Christmas traditions every year is to put up my Mouse tree!  Yes, I said MOUSE tree!  It is a sweet connection to my dear friend, Kathy, and our rich friendship that now spans 4 decades! And, it is a precious reminder of the years we both lived in beautiful Wisconsin where our friendship was born in 1981.   Kathy started giving me these darling hand made mice in the 1980’s for a Christmas gift each … Read more.


November 11th, 2020

Our last time on a plane was in March before COVID changed the world. A couple days before leaving for this trip I decided to buy a dozen Starbuck’s gift cards to tuck in my purse, ready to hand out and “THANK” any men and women wearing a military uniform or a Vet wearing a commemorative war cap.   I noticed an older gentleman about the age of my own Father wearing a Korean War cap seated behind us on … Read more.

Share That You CARE!

July 15th, 2020

Now, more than ever, we are in a pattern of disconnect and isolation due to our shelter-in-place and COVID quarantine requirements.   For most people this new lifestyle has become the norm now for nearly 4 months and people are feeling the effects of this, there is no doubt!    We are all missing that human connection we crave.  The studies tell us we live our healthiest, happiest and longest lives when we are in fellowship with others. None of … Read more.

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