Relationships

How To Talk With Your Kids About Christmas 2020

Is cancelling beloved holiday gatherings with family and friends weighing on your emotions? How do we reconcile the loss in ourselves and with our children? Worry Management Expert, Denise Marek, helps parents with those difficult conversations on The Morning Show.

1. Talk With Your Kids

Sometimes we think we protect our children by sheltering them from what’s happening. But, kids are smart! They pick up on your stress and when left to imagine what’s wrong, it can cause them to worry. Talk with your kids.

⇒ Start the conversation now. You might not know… Read More

World’s Strangest Pick-Up Line

Give this sixty-second video a quick watch and tell me . . .

Do you think this could possibly be the world’s strangest pick-up line?

I’m quite certain that if someone had asked me the question my friend had been asked, I would not have assumed I was being hit on! I would have taken it personally because I was teased about my weight when I was a kid.

In his book, Free to Change: Escape from the Forces that Keep You the Same, Matthew J. Taylor writes:

“Young… Read More

The Power of a Daily Routine

Recently, I was intrigued by a post on Instagram. It outlined a program to follow for 75 days to become “a new, better you.”

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a new, better me, but, I was looking for a new, daily, health and fitness routine. Why?

Wait for it . . .

My first grandchild was born this past Saturday! (See what I did there? Sneaking the announcement into this post?)

His name is Adrian Theodore Latty. He was born July 25th at 5:40 am, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. 

Now I have my “why?” I want to… Read More

Inspiration and Strategies to Ease Financial Stress

In continuing this series of keeping calm in the pandemic, it’s important to talk about financial stress.

With unemployment levels at an all-time high and businesses being shut down, millions of people are struggling to figure out how they’ll manage financially.

There is hope!

This particular message includes a story to inspire you and strategies to help you.

First the story to inspire you . . .

Last week, I was interviewed on The Morning Show to provide strategies to help parents reduce worry during the pandemic.

Before the show, I asked moms and… 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

Stay Encouraged. Victory is Coming Your Way!

Get this . . .

Margaret Marek became a first-time mom at the age of 93!

. . . and I thought I’d waited a long time for some of my dreams to happen!

How does a 93-year-old woman become a mom?

Well, at the age of 93, Margaret married Mel. Mel was an 89-year-old widower. On the day they were married, Margaret became a (step)mom to Mel’s two grown sons and a grandmother to his four grandchildren—which included my two daughters, Lindsay and Brianna.

Her new sons and grandchildren visited, called, and sent her cards and flowers every Mother’s… 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

A Christmas Miracle

I asked the woman behind the counter, “Are you ready for Christmas yet?”

Even though I didn’t know this woman, she confided in me, “Well, I have twin 14-year-old boys and money is really tight this year. I let them know we’re going to have to wait until February to celebrate Christmas.”

While driving home, I thought, “I wish there was something I could do to help.” Then I thought, “What are you talking about?! You can help her.” Money had been tight for me too that year but I still had enough to help her. That’s exactly what I… Read More

Answers to the Top Five Questions I’m Asked through Social Media and After Speaking Engagements

Can you guess which questions I’m most frequently asked through social media and after speaking engagements? Well, here they are:

How do you get your teeth so white? How did you become a professional speaker? How old are you? How did you get your books published? Are you always this positive?

I’m answering these questions here for two reasons: One, maybe you’ve wanted to ask me one, some, or all of these questions because you’re curious . . . in which case I’m happy to appease your curiosity! Two, maybe you’ve wanted to ask me one, some, or all of… Read More

How to Use Your Thoughts to Bring You Joy

I was walking to a restaurant with four other people whom I had just met at a conference that day. On our short walk to have dinner together my negative assumptions were on a downward spiral!

Here’s what happened: At one point during the journey, two of the people were huddled in discussion as they walked together in front of the group. The other two were together in the middle of the group also engaged in in what appeared to be a gripping conversation. That left me at the back of the group—walking all by myself.

I began to make… Read More