Leadership

Magnificent Works of Art Created During Turbulent Times

Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine from the bubonic plague?

There’s more . . .

In 1606, when the bubonic plague returned to England, wreaking havoc on Londoners, Shakespeare completed three of his greatest tragedies: King Lear, Macbeth, and even Antony and Cleopatra.

Experts believe that Shakespeare completed Antony and Cleopatra in July of 1606 after the plague forced the closure of his venue, the Globe Theatre.

That was over 400 years ago. Admittedly, Shakespeare, didn’t have the same distractions to occupy his mind that we have available today. Try picturing Shakespeare binge-watching Netflix, crushing it… Read More

Three Strategies to Build Resilience in Tough Times

Are you ready for a good laugh?

Here’s the FULL blooper reel from the recording of my online course. It’s pretty funny!

I experienced so many emotions during those hours, days, and weekends of recording. I felt excited, frustrated, playful, confused, relieved, happy . . . you’ll see!

Imagine if you could watch a recording of yourself during the past ten weeks! How many different emotions would you observe?

Thankfully, this pandemic won’t last forever. As Robert Schuller said:

“Tough times never last, but tough people do!”

Here are three strategies to build resilience… Read More

A Cure for Boredom

Just when you were getting used to counting crickets . . .

Businesses are gradually reopening and stay-at-home directives are being eased. This reopening can come with certain challenges and stresses.

Rest assured, I’ll continue to send strategies to help you reduce worry and stress as we navigate through these next phases together.

Until then . . .

Let’s go back to what I said about “counting crickets.”

Does anyone ever get used to that?

I’m talking about boredom.

Boredom. Can. Be. Painful.

Can you relate?

That’s precisely why . . .

I went on a quest to find a… Read More

Reasons For Hope

If you’ve read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, you’ll know it to be a book about survival. Frankl miraculously survived the network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

While there are numerous ideas in this book for changing a person’s life, the message that stands out for me today is that of hope.

Frankl describes how prisoners died less from lack of food or medicine, than from a lack of hope and a lack of something to live for.

He describes a particularly bad day in the camp. He knew encouragement was needed now more than ever. As the… Read More

Easing the Burden of Financial Worries During the Pandemic

David’s closing words ignited more peace and hope than I could have imagined!

There were just about five minutes left in my online interview with Mortgage Agent, David Imler. I was live streaming the show and David’s image froze. Since we had already covered the strategies I’d promised viewers by this point, I decided it would be a good time to end the episode.

Little did I know the best was yet to come . . .

This episode focused on helping people to reduce their financial stress during the pandemic. To close the show,… Read More

How to Calm Your Mind with Present-Moment Thinking

I was inspired to post this picture of me with my big 80’s hairstyle (look for it at the bottom of this post) after seeing Jennifer Valentyne’s 80’s hair picture on Instagram. (You rocked it Jenn!)

Big hair blowing in the wind aside, did you notice the caption of the article?

“13-year-old pulled friend from frozen Lake Simcoe”

Yup, that was me! I fell through the ice when I was 13 years old.

I had been playing on the ice of Lake Simcoe with two friends. I became bored and wandered off by myself. In an attempt to cure… Read More

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Feeling Worried or Afraid

We’re in a storm the likes of which most of us have never seen before.

Storms are very normal in life. Storms happen in relationships, they happen in finances, and they happen with health.

Yet, the storm we are facing right now – this pandemic – could be called the “perfect storm” in that it’s impacting all areas of life in every part of the world.

In my online conversation last night, Doug Schneider said:

“While storms are very normal, what happens when we’re not used to going through them is we can begin to catastrophize.… Read More

Tips for Working Well at Home

Working from home is a new “normal” for many people.

At first glance, working from home can seem like a luxury. Yet, it’s certainly no picnic and being productive is easier said than done.

As a professional speaker and author, I’ve worked remotely for more than 20 years. Based on my experience, and what I’ve learned from others, I’ve found there are key things that need to be managed, avoided, and created in order to make working from home a success:… Read More

CALM in this Pandemic

How afraid should people be in the midst of this pandemic?

In an interview on W5 last night, renowned Epidemiologist, Dr. Bruce Aylward, from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in Geneva, Switzerland said,

“We are watching an outbreak evolve so people should be concerned, they should be informed, they should be doing the right things and managing it; but, panicking is definitely not going to help.

You panic when you’re on a sinking boat in the middle of the ocean with no lifeboat and you can’t swim. This isn’t that situation.

We know… Read More

The Power of Stepping Away

Take a look at the picture at the bottom of this post . . .

Notice how by “stepping away,” others are protected too?

Sometimes, by stepping away, you protect yourself – AND – your integrity, your values, your health, your wealth, your family, your business, and more!

Stepping away isn’t always easy. Yet, when you look at the big picture of the consequences of staying put—and the benefits of leaving that something behind—it gives you the strength to take those first steps . . .

. . . and those first few steps can seem the most challenging.

Is there something—or… Read More