The Power of “I Can!”

I think I can. I think I can. I…think…I…can. Remember “The Little Engine That Could (1930, Platt & Munk)?” The rain is heavy. The hill is huge. The train engine is giving it his all to carry the weight and preserve. The engine motivates himself and whispers words of encouragement to cross the proverbial finish […]

FLASHBACK: Stop. Think. Reflect!

Stoplights. Thunderstorms. Pandemics. At times, life pauses and we have the opportunity breathe in the moment. We can sit down for a bit and and really look at our life. What is working? What is not working? What are our next steps? Having time to self-reflect is a powerful gift. Most of us spend every […]

Love Letters During COVID-19

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.” –Jean-Jacques Rousseau It is believed that the act of writing can evoke feelings of love in the writer. A love letter has no formal rules around form, length, or […]

THURSDAY FLASHBACK: Stop Sweating the Small Stuff!

We are living in trying times. It is normal to feel difficult emotions. There are different strategies for releasing fear in a way that is healthy and positive. Believe in the power of the pen. Recognize the sense of fear. After a certain point in life, many of us never say out loud that we […]

Love in the Valley: Your Journal Prompt #120

Life by definition involves changes. Nothing last forever. Impermanence is a fact. When you find yourself in the valley, love yourself through it. The real danger of being in the valley is believing there is no way out. There is a way out, it just might take time. The myth of being in the valley […]

THURSDAY FLASHBACK – Finding Inspiration to Write: College Students, Creative Writers, Professional Writers

Inspiration. What is it? Where do we find it? Most of the time we are given a writing assignment as part of a mundane project or to accomplish a goal. Perhaps the boss needs you to draft a PowerPoint presentation. Perhaps an instructor requires you to write an essay. Maybe you are opening for a […]

Set Powerful Intentions: Your Journal Prompt #119

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ― Dalai Lama Distractions. Did that cashier roll her eyes? I wanted that parking spot, now he has it. I hate waiting in line at DMV. There are tons of distractions in the world today that can throw you off track. The key to survival is to set […]

THURSDAY FLASHBACK – A Journal, Your Best Friend During Change

In many parts of the world, businesses and schools are reopening. We want change. We want freedom.  It can be a busy time. It can be a stressful time.  Be careful about griping to other people who have their own lives to manage. Write it down! Choose a journal that inspires you. Do not choose […]

The Small Joys: Your Journal Prompt #118

The dark creamy swirl of warm liquid. Coffee. A cool stream of water down your back on a hot day. Cold shower. Hitting snooze on the alarm clock because you do not have to go to work. Saturday.  Sometimes, you take a step back and enjoy the small pleasures in life.  There is a lot […]

THURSDAY FLASHBACK: Lighten Your Heart

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we need to give forgiveness. Sometimes we need to receive forgiveness. Holding on to grudges because of perceived wrongs can make us sick mentally or physically.  At times, hurt is part of life. A parent may criticize us. A partner may cheat. That co-worker might steal your best project idea.  […]

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