Practicing Mindfulness and High School Graduation

Exploring Mindfulness and High School Graduation

“What do you miss?” my father asked recently while on our weekly shopping trip. Having suffered a mild stroke last year, I now take him on his errands, and we occasionally find ourselves having deeper conversations than the price of bread. Though the question was random and without context, I knew instantly my answer: “I…

Can You Prove You are You? Three Ways to Protect Your…

People stranded on top of a home during a flood

Imagine a fire, a flood, a tornado taking everything – your home and all of its contents. Imagine your laptop, smartphone, files, and wallet - gone, too. Could you recreate your identity? Could you prove you are who you say you are? Could you prove you are YOU? Victims of Hurricane Katrina faced this complicated…

Preparing for Disaster, Planning for Survival | Building a Car Kit

A horse drinknig water with mountains in the back ground

The children were outside playing and the adults were indoors cooking. The evening sun was setting over a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. And someone was pounding on the door screaming:  “Fire! Get out now!” We called the kids inside, turned off the stove, grabbed our purses and car keys, and headed for the door. We were…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

The Secret Ingredient to Great Habits

The Power of Habit Book

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? It took me all the way into February to decide on mine – but I’m off to a good start thanks to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I read this amazing book last year and put Duhigg’s…

Do these 5 Holiday Prep Actions Today!

Our long, lazy Thanksgiving weekend will be here in the blink of an eye - followed by twenty-four days of complete holiday frenzy. Who’s ready? Not me – not by a long shot (despite my Christmas obsession confession I wrote about here.) Certainly, the decorating and shopping and wrapping can wait, because they concern your own…

Priorities: The Real Ones…

Emergency workers unloading a patient from a helocopter

I witnessed a SKID Presentation (Stop Kids’ Impaired Driving) this week. The students of Jesuit High School huddled on rainy bleachers while a graphic drunk driving dramatization played out before them. The reenactment gripped their every sense - ambulance sirens, helicopter vibrations, blood-soaked bodies, a sobbing mother – and absolute silence as the Medical Examiner arrived – a sight…

Today is a special day for Totally Orderly

Balloons

Happy Anniversary to Totally Orderly! And where was I in 2004? Carpooling my little tots, still sharing an email address with my husband; my mental health career long forgotten. I don’t know why I thought I could launch a business. I knew nothing about marketing, accounting, or strategic planning. ROI and COGS were acronyms too mysterious…

Productivity Tips from Dory the Fish

Regal Blue Tang Fish

Do you remember Dory from the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo? She was the show-stealing neurotic and forgetful regal blue tang fish with the Ellen Degeneres voice. Her most memorable line, to me anyway, was this mantra: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” She would sing song her way through life, not always knowing the point or where she was…

Building Structure around ADHD

A sample design of a home made out of hand tools

My husband and I have built two houses, both from the ground up (and we're still married!) We watched the structures develop from nothing to studs, to walls, and finally, to homes. There were countless choices to be made along the way, but in the end, we had strong and sturdy walls to keep us…