Unlock Awesome: Two Simple Steps You Can Take Today

On the surface, everything is fine. You go to work, take care of your family, fold your laundry, laugh with your friends. Moreover, you have a roof over your head, plenty of food to eat, and a safe environment in which to live. Maslow would be proud. But like many of us, you’re feeling stuck, uncertain or overwhelmed (perhaps all three). You are truly grateful for the safety and comfort of…

How to Thrive: What Caring for Animals Can Teach Us

I love animals. Don’t you? Because I have a particular soft spot for animals in need, my husband and I support many animal rescue organizations. This includes the Maryland Animal Sanctuary & Rescue (MAS Rescue), the Orphaned Wildlife Center, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Because of these affiliations, the word “sanctuary” has a strong association for me. Animal sanctuaries provi…

Life Rebalance: Embrace the Micro Vacation

Does it feel like summer is flying by at an alarming rate? Are you bummed hearing about everyone else’s awesome vacation experiences while feeling that you can’t take time off yourself? Or maybe you have taken a vacation, but it wasn’t enough of a break to truly counterbalance a work-a-day life that is hectic, stressful or unsatisfying. My goal here isn’t to be Debbie Downer,…

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

There’s no doubt about it: vacation is awesome. And, it’s good for us. In fact, research shows that regular vacation time is necessary for our mental and physical well-being, and can even increase productivity and longevity. But how do you make sure that your time away is truly restful? If you regularly come back from vacation saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation” maybe there are…

From Beach to Cubicle: How to Relax More at the Office

What do you do when your vacations are starting to seem like far off islands of salvation in a vast sea of never-ending drudgery? Those of you who’ve been reading my blog posts for a while now know that I encourage everyone to take your earned vacation days each year. I think time away from the office is an important part of maintaining physical and mental health so we can feel and give ou…

4 Steps to Keep Your Cool When Emotions Run Hot

In my last post I talked about something we’ve all experienced: those awful moments when we say the exact wrong thing at an important moment and immediately regret it. Open mouth, insert foot. Intense emotions can wreak havoc on the good working relationships and harmonious home life we’ve worked hard to build, causing us to say stupid things that might unravel years’ worth of accumulated goo…