“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell
There are seemingly small events in life that, in retrospect, turn out to be the catalyst for cataclysmic transformation. Such was the case for me when my oldest child left home to pursue her passion as a ballet dancer.… Read More
“What you do have control over is how you react to what happens in your life.” ~Oprah
How vulnerable it is to care deeply.
Because, oh God—the white-hot shame of caring, and having your caring exposed when it doesn’t happen despite your best efforts?
The thing I wanted most since I was a little girl was to be a published writer.… Read More
“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.” ~Horace Mann
You’re destined for greatness. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You can be extraordinary.
Have you ever heard one of these motivating statements? I see them all the time around the web, and while I understand the intention, I sometimes have mixed feelings about the implication.… Read More
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses…The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” ~Bob Moawad
If we try, we can always find a reason not to do what we want to do—and it can seem perfectly valid.… Read More
“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.” ~William Hazlitt
As an American living and working abroad in Barcelona with only local Spanish and Catalan television, I often look to the Internet for entertainment when I have downtime. I particularly enjoy looking up songs I’ve heard on the radio.… Read More
“A person’s world is only as big as their heart.” ~Tanya A. Moore
I had a great boss. He was a creative spirit, just like me. He gave me total autonomy and creative license, and honestly, I did the best work of my career under his leadership.
I can remember coming to him with outlandish ideas—never-been-done-before ideas—and he would listen, and then we’d spend hours brainstorming on how to bring them to life.… Read More
“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan
Have you ever stopped to think about your definition of fear?
As my dear friend Mr. Webster states, fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
Simply put, I disagree with this definition of fear.… Read More
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard
A while back, I was invited to attend the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala. Focused on “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” the Asian Chamber of Commerce celebrated individuals who exemplified great leadership skills in the Houston community.… Read More
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Have you ever feared you’ll never excel at a skill or reach a goal you set? Have you ever judged yourself or your efforts as “not good enough,” creating a sense of paralysis?… Read More
“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do” ~Dhammapada
During the past couple of months I have been the recipient of some not so favorable reviews from a couple of music blogs regarding an album I recently released.… Read More
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu
I was around twelve years old as I sat in the career day presentation. I can’t remember one word that was said. It might as well have been the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons speaking in that esoteric adult language.… Read More
“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
It’s me. The one who keeps talking to you about that thing. That project. That possibility.
I know you think you couldn’t be the one for the job, but honestly, if you weren’t the one for the job, I wouldn’t have come to you with it.… Read More
“Your work is to discover your world and with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha
Let me paint a picture for you, instead of clouding this post with emotion. To be more specific, I think I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and even if I wanted to cloud it with emotion, I would probably fail to convey the correct ones.… Read More
“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~Pema Chodron
When working toward a goal becomes difficult, it’s hard to know whether to push or take a rest.
In my early twenties, living 3,000 miles away from home as a live-in nanny in a very different lifestyle became very stressful.… Read More
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it but to enable it.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A month ago, I was at a crossroads. I was unhappy with my job, I no longer wanted to be living at home, I was tired of being three states away from my boyfriend, and I was sick of feeling unfulfilled.… Read More
“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~Unknown
When you take cash out of your wallet to give to someone, you surely expect something of equal or greater value in return. Do you treat your time the same way?
At one of my first jobs, I found myself spending a massive amount of time on tasks that didn’t really add value to me or my purpose.… Read More
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” ~Unknown
As I left the San Francisco head office of the clothing company I worked for, I felt anxious and scared. I knew, in the depth of my heart and soul, that I did not belong there and that I needed to do something about it.… Read More
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama
I have recently come face to face with mortality—not my own, my friend’s. At only 37, Daniel left behind an army of people whose lives he had touched in some way, including my own.
At 33 I have just qualified as a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist.… Read More
“Information is not knowledge.” ~Einstein
A few years ago I was lost. Frustrated. Scared. Unsure. Anxious. Trapped. Unfulfilled. Stuck in a dead-end job. Smothered by society’s expectations. Didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life.
I cared for myself enough to change my life, but I didn’t have the slightest clue where to start.… Read More
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~Proverb
Five years ago, I decided to fulfill my dream of getting a doctorate. I knew from talking to friends who took on the same endeavor that it would mean many sleepless nights and tons of reading and writing.… Read More