Category Archive: Personal Development

Improving Overall Health

Posted by on January 1, 2018

Focus on Health this Year! With a New Year often comes new goals, dreams, plans, and aspirations. I love starting a new year with focus and direction. This post focuses on goals for improving health this year. What does it mean to be “healthy?” The first thing that comes to mind is physical health in the form of exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep. While all of these things are very important, health is so much more than the physical. The five areas that comprise overall health are physical health, emotional health, social health, intellectual health, and spiritual health. At any given time, your focus on one area of…

Top 10 Picks for Best Motivational Books

Posted by on December 6, 2017

I've complied a list of my personal favorite motivational/self-help/psychology books. There is literally something for everyone on this list! Give them as a gift to yourself or someone else and start making positive changes and living the life you want to live TODAY! "10% Happier" by Dan Harris After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant,…

Meditation and Anxiety Reduction

Posted by on November 1, 2016

A key component to emotional health is to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.  Did you know meditation helps with anxiety reduction? One common trait of anxiety is racing thoughts. People with anxiety often report feeling like their thoughts are spinning out of control, they feel like they can't turn off their mind, and they can't stop thinking. Often racing thoughts lead to problems with concentration (you're too distracted to stay focused), problems sleeping (your thoughts are literally keeping you up at night), and depression (your thoughts might be negative which contributes to low mood). The purpose of meditation is to keep your mind focused on the present. This has…

It’s All About Self-Esteem

Posted by on April 6, 2016

Do you tend to think positively or negatively about yourself?  If someone compliments you, do you feel proud or do you feel like an impostor who hasn’t been found out yet?  Self-esteem has such a big influence over how each individual perceives themselves and has huge implications for how they function in the world.  A confident person is more likely to attribute their successes to hard work and intelligence where as someone without much confidence might assume an achievement is more the result of luck.  Self-esteem comes from a very deep place and the messages people tell themselves are often so ingrained and automatic that they don’t even realize they’re…

Happiness About Who You Are

Posted by on February 14, 2016

Self-acceptance is a true feeling of happiness about who you are.  It does not mean you think you're perfect, it means you accept yourself, knowing you have strengths and weakness just like everyone else.  Self-acceptance means you can get back up when you fall down; you can laugh at yourself; you can see your uniqueness for both both the good and the not so good; you recognize your talents and are proud of what you're good at; you can make mistakes without feeling - worthless, hopeless or deeply sad; you see your mistakes as part of life; you know you're still a good person even if you're not perfect; and…

Self-Esteem: Your Social Network Matters

Posted by on January 13, 2016

Self-esteem is fairly well ingrained by adulthood, but it can still be influenced by those around you. On the one hand we're taught not to take things personally, on the other hand, how we're treated inevitably has some effect on how we feel.  For this reason, I believe it's important to surround yourself with positive people who bring you up.  People who have good self-esteem themselves.  People who feel good about who they are.  These are the people who are more likely to be encouraging of you, support you, and feel good to be around.  It's important to be encouraging and supportive of others too.  Self-esteem and happiness improve when…

Slow Down

Posted by on December 24, 2015

"Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it."  Remember that line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?  You've probably heard things like- life is short, enjoy the moment, don't work your life away, spend time with your family, kids grow up so fast, etc., etc.  But how do we really enjoy the moment and not let life pass us by?  I was walking through the mall yesterday, quickly trying to make some long overdue purchases and a return.  I actually had two hours to complete this, but I still found myself rushing though the mall, passing the slow walkers on the left,…

The Confidence to… Fail

Posted by on October 20, 2015

Yes, it takes confidence to fail, because it takes confidence to try in the first place.  If you try something, there is always a chance of failure.  Of course you can try something and not fail, but you risk failure with any endeavor.  Often it's our inner voice that tells us what we can or cannot do.  A confident inner voice tells us to go for it, and a defeated inner voice tells us not to bother.  Remember this- great athletes lose sometimes, the best entrepreneurs have ideas that don't work, and the best teachers don't to get through to all students.  If you are afraid to risk failure then you won' t even…