Be Thankful for…Having What You Need

You know the lyrics, “You can’t always get what you want.” And sure you know you’re supposed to be happy with getting “what you need”. But what exactly is that? And how many of us actually take the time to think about it and be thankful? Join me in picking “what you need” apart and appreciating what we almost always take for granted. Sleep. Doctors … Continue reading Be Thankful for…Having What You Need

Be Thankful for… UN-requited Love

Well Folks, it’s finally November. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving yumminess I’d like to try to put a positive spin on one of life’s most bitter experiences. Just about all of us have been rejected at one point or another. We bare our souls (or crushes) and the target of our affection has the nerve to not reciprocate our feelings. They don’t feel the … Continue reading Be Thankful for… UN-requited Love

Halloween: DC vs NOLA? just have fun!

My favorite Halloween lasted a week. First of all, my Dutch friend was in town so I was able to enjoy pumpkin picking and all kinds of candy guilt-free. Secondly, we had to make the most of her first and only American Halloween so things may have gone a little crazy. So we started in Washington, DC. Traditionally, in DC, Halloween parties are the Saturday … Continue reading Halloween: DC vs NOLA? just have fun!

Happy (random) Thoughts: part 1

Yes, the election of the president of the United States is important. But if you find yourself feeling frustrated at certain aspects that are out of your control, here are a few happy thoughts to get your chin up. I bet there’s at least one little kid who thinks you’re a hero. Your niece. Granddaughter. Student. Ice cream customer. That kid you waved to at … Continue reading Happy (random) Thoughts: part 1

Einstein Quote: Everybody Is a Genius but…

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein First of all, thank you to the creators at zen pencils for this amazing poster. That fish has the perfect expression of self doubt and despair on its tiny cartoon face. Sometimes we feel … Continue reading Einstein Quote: Everybody Is a Genius but…

My Top 15 of the ‘101 Ways You Can Beat Prejudice’ list

You know prejudice is bad, but it’s complicated. You want to do something to help change things, but you’re not sure how. Rather, you’re not sure how to do it effectively and without just picking a fight. So don’t fight prejudice… champion diversity. The Anti-Defamation League made a list* of 101 easy, simple things you can do to promote positive change. Here are my top … Continue reading My Top 15 of the ‘101 Ways You Can Beat Prejudice’ list

25 Positive Affirmations for Work

One of the best ways to feel positive is to focus your energy on affirmations rather than complaints. It is easy to vent about the annoying blah blah blah at work. But it doesn’t make you happier or more relaxed. It turns from a momentary release into a stubborn, dwelling, sinking feeling. You end up spending a load of time discussing and analyzing negative experiences, which … Continue reading 25 Positive Affirmations for Work

Grounding Inca Tradition that is as Pura Vida as It Gets

Last year, I went to Peru alone. Here’s the back story: Machu Picchu is an obvious lure, and when I was in my young twenties I talked about going there all the time. When I met my best friend (see ‘about’) she had just been there. Lucky jerk! She raved about it and added that the Peruvians she had met were wonderful, warm people. So of course … Continue reading Grounding Inca Tradition that is as Pura Vida as It Gets