Stepping Stones for the Good Life

These quick-read pieces by Glenda provide ideas and action steps for how to bring about energizing changes in your life.

How to Empower Yourself by Taking 100% Response-Ability

How to Empower Yourself by Taking 100% Response-Ability

I see the look on your face.  “Are you crazy?” it says. “How could I possibly be 100% responsible for what happens to me?  If I get hit by a drunk ...
Would the Real Antidotes to Stress Please Stand Up?!

Would the Real Antidotes to Stress Please Stand Up?!

When it comes to stress, the wiring in our brains works against us.  When we’re under stress, what does our brain want more of?  A chemical called ...
Lay Down Anchors to Move Toward Your Goals (Say what?!)

Lay Down Anchors to Move Toward Your Goals (Say what?!)

I have invited my friend Mary for tea on Friday. On Wednesday, I find myself in my home office plucking a book off the bookshelf and deciding that I ...
Boost Your Empowerment and Personal Energy Now With Just Two Words

Boost Your Empowerment and Personal Energy Now With Just Two Words

Can you think back on a time when you knew you “should” do something but you just didn’t do it?  If you’re anything like me, this happens more often ...
Lessons of Loss from an Umbrella, an Earring, and a Cabbage

Lessons of Loss from an Umbrella, an Earring, and a Cabbage

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?” –From “Paved Paradise” by singer/songwriter Joni ...
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

Recently I heard an interview with Karl Pillemer, professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University and the ...
Celebrating Karen

Celebrating Karen

I’m writing this blog on the day when Karen, my close friend and a friend and treasured colleague to many others, made a peaceful transition from ...
ULPing or How You Can Improve Your Deal With the Universe

ULPing or How You Can Improve Your Deal With the Universe

“The goal in life isto find and fully use our own gifts” The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks (p. ...
On Celebrating My Minor Surgery: But Was It Intuition or Luck?

On Celebrating My Minor Surgery: But Was It Intuition or Luck?

An incision on my lower right back, marked by a neat row of straight black stitches, is healing day by day. The doctor’s orders are to take it easy ...
Make It a Habit, Habit, Habit

Make It a Habit, Habit, Habit

A review of the recently-released book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, a reporter at the New York ...
Investing in Greater Life Satisfaction

Investing in Greater Life Satisfaction

Many years ago, a friend of ours who had done quite well financially quipped, only somewhat tongue in cheek, “Money may not buy me happiness, but I ...
NEXT! [Great Advice from “Coach Cal”]

NEXT! [Great Advice from “Coach Cal”]

One day about a month ago, I was browsing the shelves of the Ann Arbor library looking for a book on CD.  For years, I’ve been listening to books ...
The Greatest Gift of All

The Greatest Gift of All

Coming off the holiday season, I find myself thinking about gifts. I received some lovely gifts this year, including beautiful floral note cards, ...
The Maybe Later Technique (MLT)

The Maybe Later Technique (MLT)

In their book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy Baumeister and John Tierney include a chapter they call The Perfect Storm of ...
New Year’s Resolutions: A Radical Suggestion

New Year’s Resolutions: A Radical Suggestion

Below is a fictitious but fairly typical list of New Year’s Resolutions: Exercise seven days a week (well, okay, maybe six) Stop buying stuff I don ...
Gratitude: How Can I Possibly Count the Ways?

Gratitude: How Can I Possibly Count the Ways?

A lot has been written about gratitude, which, through the studies of such scholars as Robert Emmons, the author of thanks!: How the new science of ...
The Beauty of Black-and-White Decisions

The Beauty of Black-and-White Decisions

More than three years ago, I made a significant change in my life that only afterwards did I give a name to:  a black-and-white decision. For most ...
Opening the Door To Our Emotional Guests

Opening the Door To Our Emotional Guests

In his book Be Happy, Robert Holden offers up the notion of emotion as guest.  Below is a poem by Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (from Essential Rumi, ...
Mindset: Fixed or Growth?

Mindset: Fixed or Growth?

In her ground-breaking book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at ...
What Do You Mean It’s Too Late?

What Do You Mean It’s Too Late?

When considering whether to reach for a long-standing goal or dream, have you ever caught yourself saying, “It’s too late” or “I’m too old”? In ...
Gratitude Journal, with a twist

Gratitude Journal, with a twist

The other day I plucked off the shelf and dusted off my weekly calendar for 2008. It stands in a long line of failed attempts to keep some semblance ...

"Learning to validate myself changed my whole attitude about what I can do."

"Learning to validate myself changed my whole attitude about what I can do."