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How to Create an Extraordinary Life . . . Even When You’re Not Feeling So Extraordinary

Do you know what tomorrow will look like for you? If you’re like most people, tomorrow will look a lot like today does – in the same way today looks a lot like yesterday did. For most, tomorrow will be filled with the same story, the same characters, and the same scenery as you travel the same route to work with the same thoughts running through your mind. You’ll likely even feel the same way tomorrow that you feel today. In fact, it’s quite likely not much will be different at all. It will be familiar, known, and ordinary as… Read More

Aromatherapy: Soothe Your Stress with Scents

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using essential oils. These oils are derived from a wide variety of healing plants. Aromatherapy is used for pain management, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression and more. Since we’re talking about transforming worry into inner peace, let’s look at the top scents believed to be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.

6 Soothing Aromatherapy Scents:… Read More

The Boomerang Effect

I was sitting in my car at a gas station on the corner of a busy intersection watching the line of cars stopped at a stoplight. Two teen-aged boys sat in the first car stopped at the light. The teenager in the passenger seat threw a pop can out of his window. Immediately after, the driver in the car behind the teens jumped out of his vehicle, picked up the pop can, tossed it back through the teenager’s window and got back into his car. The light turned green and they all drove away.

The whole scene fascinated me and… Read More

Retrain Your Thinking to Regain Your Inner Peace

It was a Saturday morning and my then nine-year-old daughter, Brianna, was getting dressed to take an entrance exam at a school. Just before we left the house, I noticed she had matched her nice clean outfit with her old outdoor running shoes. I said, “Brianna, do you think you should put on a different pair of shoes?”

She looked down at her feet and then back up at me and said, “Mom, they’re not testing me on my shoes.”

I said, “You’re absolutely right.”

And we headed off to school—Brianna withRead More

Whoops! I Made a Mistake . . . Now What?

Earlier today, my web designer showed me the section of my website where I had a number of “unprocessed” orders. All of the orders were previously processed (some were even processed years ago!) This was just a list of all of those orders I had received through my website. What I didn’t know, until today, was after an order was processed, I needed to click a button to move each order from one category to another to clean up my lists.

When my webmaster showed this function to me, I clicked on all of the previous orders and choose the action “process all.” I thought this was… Read More

Take Back Your Power by Accepting Responsibility

Worrier says: It’s not my fault that I worry.

Warrior says: Worry is a choice. I choose to let go of worry. I intend to live with inner peace.

Years ago, I was convinced my weight was the source of my worry. Despite well-meaning advice from friends and family, I thought if I could only lose enough weight, my worries would disappear. I believed being thin would fix everything. Everyone would like me, I would like myself, and I would finally be calm and carefree.

PerhapsRead More

The Kindness of a Complete Stranger

“The world is full of good people. If you can’t find one, be one!” — Unknown

This is a story of an act of kindness from a complete stranger which had a profound impact. It happened when I was in Saint Lucia with my family.

My sister, Deanna, who also happens to be my best friend and one of the funniest and kindest people I know, went blind in one eye about 9 years ago. Deanna sometimes feels self-conscious about the way her eye looks now. The pupil is no longer black; it’s bright and shiny—it… Read More

Could Worry Actually Be Helping You?

I was once a chronic worrier. The strange thing is, I believed that my worry was helping me.

Looking back now, I can see how it was “helping” me. Worrying about my weight and appearance—on top of continually denying my feelings because I worried too much about what others thought of me—helped me to develop bulimia. Worrying about being loveable and being good enough helped me to stay in unhealthy relationships. Worrying about being likeable helped me to not stand up for myself, express my needs, and do what was best for me. Worrying about money helped me to lie… Read More