fbpx

Refocus on Your Ambitions, Create a Vision Board

Vision is crucial to our success. Driving your car during heavy snow or rainstorm isn’t comfortable, especially when you have old windshield wipers screeching back and forth. Or, if you experience the double whammy: the bad wipers and the “Oh no! I’m almost out of windshield wiper fluid” moment. You can’t see as clearly as you need to and panic sets in. For our own safety and sanity, you may decide to pull over to the side of the road until the storm passes. The experience of being caught in a heavy storm while driving can be a metaphor for life — it can feel scary, may take special maneuvering, and sometimes causes you to stop and re-evaluate the situation. You may even find yourself…

To view this post, you must purchase a paid-subscriber plan—learn more here.

Related Articles

Is Your Humor Deeper than a Holler?

(Before reading on, please note that the term “holler” in this article does not refer to giving a loud shout or cry. Instead, it’s a phrase that stems from my family roots in West Virginia and it means a remote road or area. Try to visualize a valley, a dirt road, and a dip in the land…) I once got stuck in a holler. It was during my early 20s and it was an experience that challenged my ability to embrace humor. Here is a moment-by-moment synopsis of the entire experience. (If you are wondering at the end if it’s all true, yep, every single detail!)  When I realized that my car was stuck in a holler during a trip home from West Virginia (to…

To view this post, you must purchase a paid-subscriber plan—learn more here.

Kakeibo: The Art of Financial Mindfulness

By Gina Messina, Ph.D. About a year ago, a friend introduced me to Kakeibo, the Japanese art of budgeting and applying mindfulness to our spending, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. You see, I am a major contributor to our consumeristic culture. I see something shiny and I think I have to have it. A friend jokes that she hates going shopping with me because I have to pick up and touch everything on the shelves (although I’ve eliminated that practice due to COVID!).  Like so many of us, I am easily persuaded by marketing tactics. Now that we so rarely spend cash, it feels like I can simply swipe a card, click a button, or use my fingerprint and suddenly I have a new…

To view this post, you must purchase a paid-subscriber plan—learn more here.

Self-Esteem vs. Confidence & How to Cultivate Both

Self-Esteem vs. Confidence: What’s the Difference? Imposter syndrome is something we are all challenged with from time to time and further developing your self-esteem and confidence is critical to overcoming it. However, it is important to note that although these traits are often spoken about as if they are the same, they are actually different, and both need to be cultivated.  “Esteem” is derived from the Latin aestimare, meaning “to value.” Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself and what you do; it is your sense of self-worth. It also establishes your relationships with yourself, others, and the world.  Confidence comes from the Latin fidere, which literally means “to trust.” Thus, confidence is self-assurance and the ability to trust oneself; it is the capacity to…

To view this post, you must purchase a paid-subscriber plan—learn more here.

Meditation for beginners

We live in a demanding world — with hyper-connectivity and constant digital overload putting us under more pressure than ever before. For many of us, our stress levels have heightened as a result. Nowadays, trivial experiences, such as a traffic jam or work deadlines, can trigger our anxiety almost instantly, with one of the worst-case scenarios being a full-blown panic attack.   Meditation is a powerful skill that can reduce stress, lessen symptoms of anxiety, and calm a panic attack. With practice, meditation can become a power switch, allowing us to turn off our non-stop lifestyle for a much-needed break and a chance to recharge our mind and body. The key to medication is practice.  If you’re meditating for the very first time, you may find…

To view this post, you must purchase a paid-subscriber plan—learn more here.