Nine Letters. Two Words. One Transforming Moment.

Nine Letters. Two Words. One Transforming Moment.

How many words have been spoken to you in your lifetime? How many words have you said to other people? Impossible to count, right? There are two words which stand out from the rest. They can be said by a boss, a co-worker, a friend, family member, acquaintance or...
Seeing Yourself the Way Others See You

Seeing Yourself the Way Others See You

Quick, tell me. How do you see yourself? Do you look at yourself with critical eyes, noticing shortcomings, failures, and missteps? Do you focus on the not-good-enoughs? Or, do you see yourself with kind eyes? Do you focus on your best qualities and accomplishments?...
Surprise and Delight

Surprise and Delight

I love surprises: when my husband brings home a mocha for me, a handwritten letter in the mail from a friend, a friend stopping by unannounced. One of the best social media related surprises ever happened on the morning of my most recent birthday. My cell phone rang...
The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

In our years before kids, my husband and I had two really terrific adventures. For two consecutive summers, we took long trips on our bicycles. We planned the trips because we wanted to create memories and stories we could tell our kids. The first summer, we rode from...
Love and Influence at Work

Love and Influence at Work

Gary Chapman has written a very successful and well-known series of books about love in marriage and families. The first, The Five Love Languages, introduced the concept that people give and experience love in one of five distinct ways. Although people may use and...