On the Heroine’s Journey

Many beloved books and movies have a theme of the mythical Hero’s Journey.  In a nutshell, the hero has specific gifts that he may or may not have discovered, but feels like a misfit and is often misunderstood (remember a certain reindeer and elf?)  He is challenged by some circumstance, or a series of trials or tests, and rises to the occasion.  The Hero is usually required to leave life as he knows it.  The Hero then continues to be tested, has some incredible insight or understanding of who he truly is and is transformed in the process (think Luke…
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When Your Comfort Zone Becomes Uncomfortable

The Simple Explanation Penny: Okay, that’s fine, but let’s try and get you out of your comfort zone.Sheldon: Why would we want to do that? It’s called the comfort zone for a reason.   ----The Big Bang Theory, Series 4, Episode 14, “The Thespian Catalyst” Comfy chair, comfort foods, comfy sweatpants – we all know the benefits of retreating to our comfort zone temporarily when we’re overwhelmed, feeling blue or have just had a rough day.  I tell myself it’s OK to order my favorite guacamole tostada from my favorite Mexican restaurant (again) because I know I will like it and…
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Who Inspires You?

Who Inspires You?

Last Sunday for Father’s Day many people wrote heartfelt Facebook comments describing ways their fathers have inspired them and posting pictures in remembrance.  While this may or may not be the case for you, I suspect there are people in your life (present or past, fictional or real) who inspire you in ways both large and small.  Who are they?  Take just one or two minutes and remember things they said or did that have meaning for you.  Maybe it isn’t words or actions, but just their presence; who they are and how they live their lives. Following acts of…
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What to do when inspiration has gone AWOL . . .

What to do when inspiration has gone AWOL . . .

The path to inspiration begins where you are with who you are. --Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, author of Inspiration Deficit Disorder Ellerby describes Inspiration Deficit Disorder as “a loss of vitality and purpose. . . being disconnected and unaware of our own unique talents, needs and destiny. Forgetting connection to original source – love and potential.” Just what we need – another disorder. But here’s why living an inspired life is important enough for me to write and teach about it and try to live it.  In our families and in our workplaces and in our communities . . . if…
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What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

  I’m dedicating the month of June to the topic of Inspiration. In the ebb & flow of life, I’m convinced that inspiration is a key player in maintaining mental health.  As my youngest child finishes elementary school this week, and the high school grads don their caps and gowns they’ll hear encouraging and inspiring words in (possibly) memorable commencement speeches that might include the following: “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”               ― Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss   Inspirational Quotes from Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest…
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