Be intentional.


With all that has happened this past year, I believe this time is calling us to act in bigger and better ways than we ever have in the past. I will be reflecting on these four questions asked in Deepak Chopra’s Sound Meditation studies:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What am I grateful for?

Yes, these are big questions to ask your self. I’ve been asking myself these questions for quite some time this year. The answers that keep coming up are very simple for me and if you …

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Help Gutsy Women Win feed hungry children...


People have been asking me “What are you doing for the holidays?” During our shelter in place here in California, my response has been, “I’m telling my family and friends I love them by staying home. Christmas and New Year’s will pretty much be the same as today except different food.” Aren’t I fortunate? I get to choose different food.

During this holiday season so many more children are going hungry because schools where they get their meals are closed or they don't have access to regular mea…

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The Invitation


"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it." ~James Truslow Adams

'Tis the Season and I am always struck at this time with reflecting back on the year and those who have crossed my path on this adventure called life. I have truly been blessed with individuals that have taught me great things in very small ways. I read …

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How I Found My Gutsy


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. ~ Alice Walker

Have you ever had someone say something to you that shook your world and made you feel worth less than what you believed you were worth? Well, I have and here’s what I did about it.

Early in my career, I was working in business at an international company. It was January, the dreaded “Personnel Management Performance Review” time. I walked into my boss’ office, and sat at the round table where…

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Be Thankful for the Setbacks


This historic year has been very difficult for most of us and the advice we’ve received about not being with extended family and friends has also been hard to hear. But through it all, I know human beings are a resilient bunch and we will make it through this.

One of the gifts the Pandemic has given me is a newfound pleasure of poetry. Here is my Thanksgiving poem to you.

Be Thankful by Anonymous

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be …

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The Benefits of Having an Attitude of Gratitude


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” - Voltaire

We are now in the time of the year where we think of everything we are grateful for.

We all know what gratitude means. It is the quality of being thankful or readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. The word ‘gratitude’ comes from the Latin word gratus, meaning pleasing or thankful.

Research shows that people who are grateful tend to show higher levels of well-being…

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The Real Power of Personal Power


“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao-Tzu

In my work, I talk about power. Power in living authentically, power in using your voice, stepping into your power, and even using power poses. But what does power mean? Sometimes when I mention power, people will say, “Oh no, I don’t want to be powerful.” And when we dig a little deeper I find a lot of people are afraid of power because they have the …

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How to Get Over Over Preparing


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

Yes. I confess. I am a life long over preparer. I am one of those individuals who prepares excessively. I have a fear of being seen as someone who doesn’t know her stuff. And I carry with me a performance mentality where I have a need to be seen as an expert in my field.

The source of this is that I don’t want that experience I had as a kid when I was laughed at or made fun of because I said the wrong thing or made a mi…

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How Kindness can be Totally Cool


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~Plato

I think we as a society currently lack basic human kindness toward each other. It seems we were a lot kinder to each other a mere two years ago. This saddens me. I understand the current world happenings are contributing to our inability to show kindness and I think our full, busy and stressful lives are a big contributor to our lack of kindness. We just don’t have time for it anymore and due to social distancing, we don’t have …

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15 Ways to Overcome Your Overwhelm


A couple of days ago I was feeling totally overwhelmed with so much happening in our world that I got on Facebook  and posted: 

I am feeling overwhelmed with it all.
What do you do to quiet this down?

Here are 15 of the responses I received:

  1. Meditate…or more realistically, overeat. 
  2. Put on my headphones and put on a favorite playlist of music.
  3. Pray.
  4. Deep breaths and shaking it out, movement so I’m balancing the stress with joy. 
  5. Watch something that makes you laugh. 
  6. The Serenity Prayer…

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