How Creativity Can Lift Spirits in Trying Times

If there is one thing good that has come out of the coronavirus and the need to social isolate is all the examples of how the community has come together in creative ways to promote good, lift spirits, and help those in need.  This post is a collection of SOME GOOD NEWS starting with a … Continue reading How Creativity Can Lift Spirits in Trying Times

Reach Out to Friends

I say this only in jest and to illustrate a point, but . . . sometimes it feels as if this social isolation is nothing more than one large psychology experiment to see how we, humans, do without daily interaction. And I can tell you, without a doubt, social interaction is important. I spent the … Continue reading Reach Out to Friends

Meditate

I was holding off including this habit until I became more proficient at it.  If am being honest, my meditation practice is sporadic.  It is something that I've wanted to be diligent about, but the franticness of life has been my excuse for not practicing meditation daily. Until now. . .one good silver lining of … Continue reading Meditate

Emerging from the Grief Stages of the Coronavirus Pandemic

What a time that we are living in? It is unprecedented. It is scary. It is black hole of unknown. Our daily lives have been uprooted and filled with massive cancellations. We are frightened of the virus and its ramifications. What will happen? What lies ahead? I have acknowledged the virus – yes, it is … Continue reading Emerging from the Grief Stages of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hold Tight to Your Faith

For this week’s Healthy Habit, I considered at least three other “habits" to share—all changing with the evolving circumstances of COVID-19. Last week involved me trying to make my fundraising goals despite growing fears of the virus. I tried to balance the reality of the situation with my need to press on. Now, things are … Continue reading Hold Tight to Your Faith

Do Not Compare Yourself with Others

One of the most surefire ways to feel bad about yourself is to compare yourself with someone else.  It is easy to do -- you see someone who seems to have it all going on. You see others with more money, career success, a bigger house and you think, "Ugh, lucky them."  You may even … Continue reading Do Not Compare Yourself with Others

Say Only Kind Words . . .to YOURSELF!

If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all. I remember seeing that phrase on a school bulletin board back in elementary school, and since then I've tried to abide by those words.  I made it a point (I've not always done this, but I try) to not bad-mouth people, to … Continue reading Say Only Kind Words . . .to YOURSELF!

Celebrate Your Small Victories

Celebrate your small victories.  This week’s Bright Light Healthy Habit sounds so simple – so obvious. But for me, it’s not. Not always. Not when there is more to be accomplished. If you are competitive like me (competitive with yourself, that is), you may find yourself impatient with the time and steps involved in completing … Continue reading Celebrate Your Small Victories

Form a ONE Minute Habit

A habit is best formed when it becomes a routine, so what better way to form a routine than to make it quick and manageable . . . like something that can be done in ONE MINUTE. I say this because one minute seems doable, right?  It's not overwhelming to think about; it doesn't involve … Continue reading Form a ONE Minute Habit

Outlining vs. Discovery Writing: Which is Correct?

There is much debate on the process of writing a novel.  Many traditionalists fall back on what we were taught in school---first create an outline and then fill in the blanks.  While others subscribe to the rule of having no rules. These writers just write, figuring out how their story will unfold as they move … Continue reading Outlining vs. Discovery Writing: Which is Correct?

Increase Your Odds by Taking Risks

On Saturday, my son made two three-point shots back to back at his basketball game. I was so proud of him—not necessarily because he made the shots, but because he TOOK them. Taking those far away shots is out of character for him. He loves basketball—likes to play it any chance that he can get. … Continue reading Increase Your Odds by Taking Risks