Pop-Tarts and Dead Jesus with Mo Langan

“If there is one thing that I can teach you,” my father used to say “it’s that you gotta remember to laugh every day.” Research has shown the health benefits of laughter ranging from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings to increasing one’s threshold for pain. Having a sense of humor about life’s difficulties can provide a way …

Why Carrots & Sticks Don't Work Anymore

I watch The Office religiously. I adore the show for its humor and for the fact that it shines a light on the absurdity of most workplaces. Since his seminal article “Free Agent Nation” first appeared in Fast Company in 1997, I’ve also been a fan of Daniel Pink. At that time, he articulated beautifully something that many people were …

Ways to sparkle and keep your motivation in tough times

My old college roommate recently asked me if she still has the “shine” factor. On a quest for a new job in this difficult market, she wanted to know if she embodied that “sparkle” she used to have when we were just entering the workforce after graduation. As a career coach and former recruiter, I advised her that to be …

Have You Found Your Acre of Diamonds?

There’s a very famous parable (credited to Russell H. Conwell) about a poor farmer who cursed his rocky fields and dreamed of a life of riches and ease. Fixing upon the idea of finding diamonds as the way to achieve his dream, he sold up his farm for a pittance and left to explore foreign lands for the precious gems …

50 Ways To Leave Your Clutter

I recently took a bag full of clothes and accessories to http://www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org/ and I was surprised at how liberating the simple exercise was. Especially when times are tough, I think that we hold onto our “stuff” because it makes us feel a bit more secure. Closets full of “stuff” and a garage full of “stuff” can create the illusion that …

How Do You Live In The Balance?

Nearly every week, some updated food alert is issued by the news media. Never before have we been bombarded with so much information about what is bad/good for us. And yet, just as individuals vary tremendously, so do our nutritional needs – depending on your age, emotional state, the season and your physical environment. Linda Prout is the author of …

A Time For Everything

I often find that my clients complain of not “having time.” I think that the sheer speed of modern life and their extreme future-mindedness sneaks up on them and robs them of the present. I believe this because I used to suffer from the feeling myself. I was doing more and doing it faster, only to then categorize any hours …

Are You Carving Your Own Road?

The dream of the open road. Ahhh, what adventures await. Have you ever heard of people doing crazy things like dropping everything to head out in an RV to cover all 50 states? Well, 2 pioneering souls that blazed that path in search of stories to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit, are Jennifer and Joe Remling. Both made major changes in …

Window Or Aisle Seat?

Often my clients ask me “How do you get motivated to run? How can I get inspired? How do I become disciplined?” I often reply that there is no magic formula. You get it by doing. The mental qualities you need are all linked like a chain. If you give exercise a try and see results, even if it is …

It's Okay To Ask For Help

Sometimes you stumble upon an offering that truly makes your life easier. Recently, my sister located a resource that provided us with a means for locating assistance for my mom, who suffers from dementia: http://www.itsallaboutaging.com/blog/?p=230 In an effort to keep my mom’s mind stimulated and her body active, I had been researching services online which provide options for caregiving on …