Mind Ready Monday: Sprinkling Sunshine

Today is worth celebrating. Not because it’s a particularly special date. It’s not a holiday. Or a birthday. Or the day Beyonce drops a new album [sigh]. But it’s happening now, and you’re a part of it. Celebrate with unnecessary laughter. Celebrate with a grateful heart. Celebrate with forgiveness and openness and kindness. With adventure and passion and hard work. Sprinkle your life with sunshine, even on its darkest days.”…. Read more

Gratefulness Begins with You

Happy Thanksgiving week! Food coma prep already started, so now I can focus on the holiday’s other purpose: gratefulness… [let’s be real — you thought about the food first, too]. As you indulge in stuffing and sweet potatoes this week, be someone others are grateful for. Smile at strangers whose spirits are broken. Call your family. Generously offer hugs. Forgive your friends. Share your happiness and promise your honesty. Begin right…. Read more

5 Ways to Channel More Happiness

Ever wish you were someone else? Someone smarter, stronger, prettier or quirkier? Someone wealthier, sillier, wiser or more in love? I think we’ve all daydreamed over what it would be like to step inside another person’s life — if even only for a moment. We’re human, after all.  Often times, I think we assume happiness is always someplace else. Within a better career, a bigger bank account, a beautiful home. Within a…. Read more

Mind Ready Monday: Gift Your Time

Often times, I’m running too fast. From home to work. From work to errands. From errands to dinner. I imagine you’re running, too. We’re all running. Life is a lot of work. But I want us to challenge each other this week. Let’s slow down in the midst of December’s chaos to look around. Look toward your coworkers. Your neighbors. Your family. Look toward your grocer. Your bank teller. Your…. Read more

Indulge in Ordinary Moments

Coffee tastes especially good this morning. I’m huddled next to a cold window, listening to raindrop after raindrop drench the pavement. It sounds like home. That’s because I am in my hometown. It’s cold and wet and gray in Michigan— and yet, it’s calming. Maybe it’s because rain has a way of slowing everything down. It stalls our plans, breaks our routine and keeps us inside. Rain serves as a subtle reminder…. Read more