Doing Less and Getting More

One of my favorite things to do is to go hiking. Due to health reasons, I haven’t been able to hike much. This summer though, I felt like it was the right time to start hiking again, and I’ve been building up my stamina with one or two-mile hikes. At the end of my hike…

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Sometimes experiences in our lives are painful. The losses are devastating. It slams you one right after another, and you’re suffocating. And you wonder how you will ever make it through the heartache, the bitterness, the anger, or the grief. If you are going through these experiences right now, it may be too difficult to believe….

What’s the Price Tag of Your Happiness?

If only my husband would do this or that, our marriage would be so much better. If only I could finish my degree now, I could stop living off these loans. If only I could lose 10, 20 or 30 pounds, I would look so much better. If only I could get married, I would…

The Secret Ingredient of Success

A couple of years ago, I attended a writer’s conference where Arthur Levine, the American publisher for Harry Potter, was the keynote speaker. Though some had looks of interest and admiration, it was the glow of greed I saw shining in most of people’s faces. The question that everyone wanted answered was not how to…

Recognizing the Illusions

No one’s life is perfect, but really, doesn’t social media make it seem that some are quite close? If you are comparing your life to someone’s Facebook page, chances are you’re pitting your deepest heartaches and disappointments next to an airbrushed version of someone else’s life. Each time you will lose miserably. At least, I did….

Do It with Love

When I first created this website over a week ago, I had a follower right away.  I’m so wonderful, I thought to myself—until I realized that the system is set up to make you a follower of your own website.  I felt silly, but it also got me thinking. Truthfully, when we are doing things…

A Life Lesson from Pear Picking

Every year in September I help my neighbor pick pears. I relish it as a rare treasure that many don’t get to enjoy and look forward to it much like a child at Christmas time, imagining the mouthwatering sweetness coupled with a crunchy texture, just the way an Asian pear should be. But each year, I get more…