What’s the Name of Your Storm? (9/2/22)

Even though I keynote women's conferences all over the US, I live in Louisiana. Like so many of you in our area, every year I prepare, plan, worry (and pray) to be spared from those destructive storms we call...

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How Big is your “Classroom”? (8-19-22)

“Back to school” happenings this week remind me of an important yearly ritual when our three kids were in school. Two weeks before classes began, we would drive to school and read the homeroom class lists taped to the...

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Re-Writing Your Life Script (7/22/22)

We recently had the thrill of attending Hamilton at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans. Since this wasn’t a typical play I prepared by reading all the lyrics, along with an article titled “Hamilton for dummies.”  Very helpful! And...

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Making Your List … and Checking it Twice (6/24/22)

As of June 1, we in the South are asking: “How can it be Hurricane Season already?” Of course hurricanes are now traveling to states they’ve never been before. Depending on where you live, you may worry about tornadoes,...

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Remember the Rules? (6/17/22)

A few days ago I was stopped at a red light, next to a car full of teenaged girls being chauffeured by a mom. Thinking back to when our teens needed a ride from mom or dad (or any...

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Fun with Dick and Jane (6-10-22)

I’ve often thought about the propaganda I was exposed to when I was taught, at the tender age of six, that some people really did have perfect families and perfect lives. And it had to be true because it...

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Learning from Perfect – and NOT so Perfect – Days (6/3/22)

Think back to a special day in your life when you were a child. It could have been your birthday, a family vacation, or neighborhood adventures with your best friend. This perfect day held such promise that you couldn’t...

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Staying Angry is Too Much Work! – Part 2 (5/27/22)

Last week I promised to give you tools to help manage your anger. It may be your own, or you “caught it” from an angry person. It could be recent, or it could be anger you’ve been holding onto...

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Staying Angry is Too Much Work! (5/20/22)

Anger is a normal human emotion, and we all get angry once in a while. There are certainly justifiable reasons for anger that give us the energy to make positive changes, fight against injustice, right a wrong, confront a...

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Don’t Just Sit There! DO Something! (5/13/22)

This title reminded me of one of my mother’s favorite pieces of advice. Although I’ve spoken in many healthcare facilities across the US, I recently had the privilege of presenting a unique program for a hospital’s annual luncheon. The...

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Do Whatever You Can with the Space You Have (5/6/22)

Searching for my usual blend of encouragement and practical ideas for this week’s blog, I found it on a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg. It didn’t come from our wise Founding Forefathers but from a speaker at a three-day...

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Don’t Get Your Wires Crossed – Part 2 (4/29/22)

As I wrote last week in Part 1 (below) getting our communication wires crossed can lead to misunderstandings, anger, frustration, resentment, low morale, less productive days at work and at home, and physical ailments related to increased stress levels....

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Don’t Get Your Wires Crossed – Part 1

Throughout my childhood my parents constantly preached about safety issues. First we got the basics: don’t run with scissors, don’t throw pencils, don’t pet stray dogs and don’t talk to strangers. Sound familiar? When we became teenagers the list...

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Help is Only a Conversation Away! (4/15/22)

If you’re a regular blog reader, you've heard me speak or read my books, you know that I don’t tell other people’s stories. I only share my own life experiences and what I’ve learned from them. Since today is...

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Talking to Yourself is a Good Thing! (4/8/22)

When it comes to getting what you want, what’s the difference between persuasion and manipulation? We all negotiate every day - a lot more than we realize. Some people think that negotiating means getting your way, even if it...

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Winning an Argument with a Three Year Old (4/1/22)

“How do I handle the angry person in my life?” That’s a common question during my women’s programs. As adults we know how to express anger, seek satisfaction and get results in a positive way. But angry people don’t...

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Dealing with the “Squirrels in your Attic” (3/25/22)

Our troubles began one morning with the pitter-patter of little feet in our attic. This worried me because, as far as we knew, no one was living in our attic at the time. We soon discovered that a crafty...

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Tough Decisions with No Easy Choices

“Did you really give your sister a kidney, or did you make up that story to add punch to your keynotes?” Whenever I get that question my answer has two parts. “Yes, I did give my sister a kidney...

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“Little Grey Raincloud People” in your Life (3/11/22)

Have you spent time this week with any “little grey raincloud people”? I’ve given them that title because they have a knack for putting a damper on positive moments. It’s like they can see that you’re having a good...

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Friends are like Flowers in the Garden of Life

Flowers are bursting into bloom all over Baton Rouge this week, reminding me of the song our three children sang at their various kindergarten graduation programs. It’s titled “Friends are like Flowers in the Garden of Life.” (If you’re...

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Don’t Forget to Breathe!

Trying to live in today’s rapidly changing world reminds me of the first time I went snorkeling on vacation years ago. Both experiences can be stressful and downright scary. My mother always told me that if I put my...

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Bulldozers Are Not Your Friends! (2/18/22)

These days it seems like Baton Rouge is one never-ending “road under construction” zone. Crews are working to widen lanes on the interstate, so drivers are taking the side streets and “back roads” – leading to more congestion. You...

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Please Don’t Be My Valentine!

Have you ever had a day that didn’t go as planned? You created this perfect scenario in your mind, but the reality that unfolded didn’t even come close. My (very short) career as a first-grade teacher many years ago...

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Don’t Make Me Have to Stop This Car!

Looking through an old album this week, I enjoyed photos of our annual summer trips to Virginia for my dad’s family reunion. The drive from Louisiana was long and hot. Excited to see our cousins again, my siblings and...

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Winter Weather and the Road of Life (1/28/22)

Viewing TV weather coverage for the past few weeks, I’ve thought about the everyday conveniences I often take for granted - a warm home, a car heater that works, and travel that’s safe and painless. Lately we’ve watched video...

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It’s Easy to Lose your Balance! (1/21/22)

Remember when you first learned how to ride your bike without the training wheels? You were feeling so “grown up” and proud of yourself! Unfortunately, you didn’t realize you were losing your balance until the handlebars really began to...

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Put People in Charge of their Own Stuff! (1/14/22)

Last week I challenged you to “clean out your junk drawer thinking” and identify the negative attitudes, beliefs and behaviors we all carry around … those that can keep us from being our best, make us doubt ourselves and...

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Letting Go! (1/7/2022)

If you’ve taken time to reflect on last week’s issue I hope you’ve decided on that “Just One Thing” you can do to take better care of yourself this year. While it may mean adding something new, it can...

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Gifts to Give Yourself! (12/24/21)

When I made the commitment to send these weekly e-notes on Fridays, I didn’t think about Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve being on Fridays this year! So this will be brief, as you may have things to do,...

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish! (12/17/21)

Welcome to the first issue of Taking Care of YOU! If you know me personally, you’ve heard me speak at a conference or retreat, or you’ve read one of my books, you know I’m a firm believer in always...

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