Discovering Joy In The Eye Of Irma

Tomorrow morning Mike will go to our house to assess the aftermath of Irma. We could have blown out windows and water damage, a ripped through lanais, or just a few branches and trees down (which is what it sounds like from our neighbors that stayed could be the only case – thanks be to God). But it doesn’t matter. About half way through the storm, when the eye was 20 miles from my house…

Stacy Bick Profile: Personal Space. Acceptance. Inspiration.

Meet Stacy Bick, 41 years old, the director of brand management for a global marketing and advertising agency and mother of 2 girls, ages 6 and 2. She’s the reason I established a habit of getting up at 5:15am most mornings to meditate and write. She’s who I go to when I need encouragement and real conversation. In fact, you’ll see that she pulled away all masks and hiding for this…

8 Simple Ways To Instantly Bring More Joy To Your Life

Whether your mood is overall happy right now or you are in a big rut, there is likely room for more joy and satisfaction in your life. Take a minute now to pause and check in. Below are a few of my go-to checkpoints when I am feeling dull. Try these on today, or add each in one day at a time. You’ll notice a shift in your life instantly. Perform a…

Nine Messy Experiences That Opened My Heart And Mind

For this blog, I’ve promised to help you uncover more joy in your life, but I’ve also promised to be real with you. To be real means looking at the messy pieces of our lives that are a natural part of being a human being, then choosing the path to joy through the mess. As I sit down at my computer this week, I can’t think of anything else but…

Kristi Hittepole Profile: A Bold Battler Surrounded By And Raising Strong Women

Kristi Hittepole is a 40-year-old financial consultant and single mom of two busy girls, age 14 and 11. She’s a breast cancer survivor who has undergone over 20 surgeries since 2011. She’s my cousin-in-law and latest inspiration. She candidly shares how her divorce was the impetus to shift her life from being selfish to being focused on something more important. She describes a horrible journey through breast cancer with…

Michelle Stephens Profile 2: How The Mahaan Aasha Foundation Came To Be

I admire that Michelle Stephens, age 34, has made helping the children of India the focus of her life’s work through her creation of the Mahaan Aasha Foundation. India is a hard place to visit because of the extreme poverty. My heart was broken so deeply there I can’t imagine going back anytime soon. Yet she’s committed to going back every year to help more children and build human…