What are Elderberries and What Can They do for Me?

Elderberries are one of the “hot” nutritional items these days. Perhaps you haven’t even heard of this plant until recently. I have great childhood memories of picking elderberries off roadside bushes in rural southern Wisconsin. The berries, after being painstakingly stripped off the stems were made into wonderful pies and jelly by my grandmother and mother. The bushes slowly disappeared as roads were widened and other factors affected them. I always loved the flavor and… Continue reading

WHAT WE LOVE – A free Kindle Book for you

WHAT WE LOVE describes relationships with children, spouses, pets, nature, travel and more. Over 100 writers contributed to this great collection. We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what’s around you that’s ready for love from you. http://bit.ly/WhatWeLoveBook Continue reading

Giggs, Side Hustles and Second/Third Jobs

People have been working second jobs forever. As economic conditions change, fewer or more may be engaged in them to augment their main income source. What that looks like and who is involved also changes. Most often the part time jobs people take on are to augment an income that isn’t enough to support themselves and/or their families. Do you now or have you in the past worked a second job? Are you considering or… Continue reading

Planning Your Valentines Day if You Are Not Part of a Couple

The cards and gifts have been in stores since right after Christmas and advertising is hitting the airwaves. The pressure is building for those in relationships to make Valentines Day a meaningful expression of how much you care for your significant other. Some look forward to this as a highlight of the year; others know it’s important for at least one of the couple and go along. But what about the rest of us? The… Continue reading

Hygge as Self Care in Tough Times

The weather outside may be frightful – whether a winter of record-breaking low temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, etc. or a summer of extreme heat and humidity with storms, floods or hurricanes – depending on where you live. Hygge attitudes and practices can help us get through weather extremes of all kinds and other stresses any time of year. Perhaps it’s not the weather but other factors that are causing stress and anxiety. Personal or societal tensions… Continue reading

Hygge – the Art of Coziness in Winter and Beyond

Baby, it’s COLD outside!  It’s time to hygge! You have probably heard the word “hygge” or seen Pinterest photos related to it. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a Danish word for a quality of coziness (= feeling warm, comfortable, and safe) that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family.” The practice originated and thrives in Denmark, and other Scandinavian countries as well. The… Continue reading

Journaling as a Tool to Create the Life You Want

You may love your life overall; you may love parts of it, but one or more parts may be frustrating or unfulfilling or disastrous. Regardless of your situation, journaling can be a powerful tool. If you love your life overall, journaling about it will allow you to appreciate it even more and have that record for yourself. As you increase your appreciation and gratitude, it radiates out to others to inspire and uplift them. Your… Continue reading

Are You Feeling Stuck?

Are you feeling stuck? Do you have intentions and just can’t seem to do what you know you need to do? I suspect most of us have, if we aren’t right now. Somehow the motivation and focus on those tasks isn’t there. At this time of the year, you may be running into this in relation to your new year’s resolutions or plans. I am facing exactly that. It is easy to get into a… Continue reading

Mindmapping as a Multi-faceted Tool

Are you a mindmapper? That is, one who uses the technique of mindmapping to help create and organize ideas and information? I sporadically use this tool, coming back around to it after sliding away for a while. I have used it to take notes at conferences, prepare agendas for meetings and then taking meeting notes right on that mindmap, and create visuals of my business. I recently found an article that explained the technique, demonstrated… Continue reading

Have You Discovered Timeboxing?

I have used a variety of time management techniques over the years but somehow had never discovered Timeboxing. The idea behind it – of establishing blocks of time for certain tasks, sections of projects, etc. – certainly isn’t a brand new idea. But I’ve learned that it is ‘a thing’ in a way I had not known. Perhaps you are like me: the likelihood of me trying a new technique or practice is increased if… Continue reading