Yearly Archives: 2013


Self-Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff of the University of Texas at Austin has researched self -compassion extensively and her work is more than interesting to me. As somewhat of an “expert” myself on self-deprecation and self-criticism, I found what I learned to be eye opening and more than helpful in my journey […]


Slowing Down

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: I hear the Christmas carols, I see the Christmas merchandise displayed in the stores, and I feel the “hustle bustle” as everyone rushes around trying to buy all the presents, bake all the cookies, attend all the parties and events, and make […]


Knowing You are Growing

The greatest motivator is this: knowing that you are growing, that you are improving, and that you have changed in some way. The most frequent question I get asked in my work with young girls is this: “How do I motivate my daughter?”. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to […]


Courage

  Lately I have been thinking a lot about courage and what it means to be courageous. Courage is no easy feat. Actually, I’d say it is one of the most difficult acts there is. To have courage shows that you are willing to be vulnerable, to take a chance, […]


Little girls are…

Little Girls are… Delicate…Beautiful…Lovely…Kind…Caring…Spontaneous…Sensitive…Pure goodness… Bright…Unique…Beautiful…Special…Wonderful…Imaginative…Precious…Full of hope…Full of wonder…Sweet…Beautiful…Valuable……Beautiful…Valuable…Loveable… Worthy…Beautiful!   Little Girls Can Grow Into… Developers…Champions…Advanced achievers…Creative designers…Confident women… Intelligent workers…Caring mothers…Beautiful spirits…Authentic listeners…Engaging participants…Articulate speakers…Good citizens…Outstanding athletes…Powerful people… Reliable friends…Perceptive learners…Compassionate servers…Wise women…Logical thinkers…Intuitive individuals…Brilliant innovators…Beautiful beings! And…the future of self-belief, self-love, and self-confidence!  


Self-esteem

  What is self-esteem and how do I get it? These are 2 questions I wonder a lot. Sometimes, I think of self-esteem as this magical thing that is “out there” somewhere – and I am constantly vying for it – this unshared secret that some have and others want. […]


Change and Transformation

This morning I woke up and I realized it was FALL. When did this happen? A wave of sadness suddenly hit me as I realized the lazy days of summer and the warm hugs of sunshine are now a part of my recent past. And, the reality of colder weather […]


Backswing

  I am a busy, forward-thinking person. If I could work 24/7 and it was healthy and balanced for me to do so, I would (just like I’d eat candy all day, if it was good for me)! I love being active and creating and producing. At the end of […]


“Unplugged”

Yesterday I decided that I would challenge myself with an entire day of no technological devices. I wanted to see how that would feel for me and what this “experiment” would teach me. I have noticed a growing trend in myself, and with those around me, to fill the empty […]


Knowing Yourself

When I was a little girl, my mom said I was very decisive. I always seemed to know what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Although some parents may call this “stubborn”, my mom liked to call it the “early signs of leadership” and knowing myself. At an early […]