Looking Back: Impact of Experiences at Age 20

It is mid-summer in Nashville, TN.  It is hot and humid and has been since the beginning of May.  There have only been a handful of days since then with a high temperature below 90 degrees.  I remember another hot summer when I was almost 20 years old, living for 3 months with a group of 5 other college students in Chicago, Illinois and how the experiences of that summer transformed my thinking and my… Continue reading

Multi-Tasking: Is It As Beneficial as We Imagine?

Multi-tasking seems to be a fact of life for most of us these days. With all there is to do, learn, and manage, it seems necessary. But as with so many other things, there are plusses and minuses; and it benefits us to consider those factors and manage our use of multi-tasking accordingly. Does multi-tasking affect your health? It may seem like it is increasing productivity and saving you time and energy, and many of… Continue reading

Great Superfood Choices for Summer

Many of us eat differently in the summer, particularly when the temperatures are hottest.  We eat lighter, and often healthier.  We can make intentionally improve our nutrition by making great superfood choices. Superfoods are foods that contain more nutrients than average: very high in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and more. Here are 13 that you can benefit from and enjoy during these summer months. 1. Cherries Cherries have multiple amazing antioxidants. One of them is… Continue reading

Regrouping for the Rest of the Year

Can it really be the middle of 2018? Six months completed, six months remaining.  Some of us may be feeling like the first half of the year was productive and satisfying. And some of us, myself included, may be nearly in shock that at the midpoint of the year so little of what we hoped to accomplish is a reality. The good news is that this is a good time to make a fresh start.… Continue reading

Losses, Closures, Lessons

Change is a constant in our lives. It happens on many levels and in many ways. The passage of years in itself changes us physically, mentally and emotionally. The people around us, by choice or habit or situation, change us. The family we have – biological and chosen – change us. The jobs or professions, the organizations we align ourselves with and the places we live all impact us. We make choices and decisions because… Continue reading

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH STRUCTURED LEARNING AND LIVE EVENTS

In a world that continues to change at a rapid pace, we all need to keep learning in all areas of our lives. That continual learning can be stimulating and refreshing, and it can become tiresome at points. Have you ever just wished things could plateau for a short time so we could just BE? I have. Sometimes a break is good. But as we look forward into the next part of our lives after… Continue reading

PROCRASTINATION: IS IT HAMPERING YOUR TRANSFORMATION?

All of us procrastinate sometimes….don’t we? I surely do. In fact I am in a pressure situation right now because of my procrastination. I have continually put off a task that includes a learning curve to be able to use a software program. There are always plenty of things to do that I can just DO, regardless of their priority. In this case, the task is related to a part time job I have; in… Continue reading

Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, Part 2

  NOTE: In an earlier post, Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, I wrote about a particular experience in prison ministry with the Timothy’s Gift program. This post is about a more recent visit, this time to Arkansas prisons. This is a Christian ministry and that is reflected in the post. REFLECTIONS ON THE TIMOTHY’S GIFT HOLY WEEK TOUR, MARCH 2018 During Holy Week, 2018, Timothy’s Gift had its spring tour with the theme “You’ve… Continue reading

Benefits of Writing

Are you a blogger or one who journals? Do you do any kind of regular writing? For some of us, it is a habit that started in our youth and is just part of our life. For others, we may write regularly for a while and then not for some time, and come back to it. It may be a habit that you don’t ever question. Or you may question the benefit of writing consistently.… Continue reading