Guest post by Pamela Moffatt: Now and Zen I Breathe Peace. On finding inner peace in the middle of chaos.

Guest blogger Pamela Moffatt reflects on finding inner peace through meditation. “Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart,” wrote one of my favorite authors, Unknown. Someone unknown, like me, thought about peace while their toddler screamed in the checkout line? Or when the Social Security officer they had waited hours to see… Read more »

How to Battle Procrastination and Curb Perfectionism

I don’t know about you, but this has been a rough winter filled with procrastination. Just getting out of bed in the morning feels like an Olympic sport. The struggle to fight inertia is real! Opened boxes strewn across the basement floor. Four months after moving, we still have boxes and boxes of ‘stuff’ that haven’t been unpacked yet. Every time I walk by those boxes, the contents are screaming for my attention. Even more frustrating is the scope creep… Read more »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Save Shake your shamrock or shamrock shake? Apparently, my kids report that the ‘big’ thing in our small town is going to McDonald’s for a shamrock shake. (A large shamrock shake from Mickey D’s, by the way, packs in 820 of not so healthy calories, so you’ll need to shake, shake, shake more than just your shamrock if you drink one today!) If you opt to forgo the fast food shamrock shake, you can jump over… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked for Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax unit),… Read more »

**Update: March 3rd was the last day to enroll in Elite Blog Academy–you may still sign up for the waiting list for next year!!** A year ago today, I had no idea how much my life was about to change. I felt completely stuck and uninspired. I knew there had to be a better way, but I had no idea how to find it.  And then I discovered Elite Blog Academy. It seemed like the perfect solution to my problem,… Read more »

Diamond ring

As a child, I was bombarded with advertising claiming that ‘diamonds are forever’ and that one’s true love was measured in carats. Me being a nonconformist, I of course never subscribed to this view. So then, what is a good measure of one’s love? Well, at the start of the 21st century (seems so long ago!), I had a glimpse behind the scenes of the longest running marriage I had ever known–my grandmother’s aunt and uncle, F. and J.. As… Read more »

Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels when it comes to your blog? Don’t miss this FREE training series from Elite Blog Academy called Blogging Made Simple–it is a total game changer! Thanks to a conversation with my mom, I learned about Ruth Soukup’s NY Times bestselling book, “How To Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul.” I was hooked — Ruth’s book was a page turner for me. After reading her book, I wanted to learn… Read more »

Remember that childhood story, “The Little Engine That Could”? This classic taught children about the power of perseverance. Well, my little engine that could is my younger son, Max. His greatest struggle in life so far has been academic, due to a visual processing disorder that wasn’t diagnosed until he was 10 years old! (More on that in a future post!) Although thousands of dollars later and months of vision therapy translated into academic gain (well worth the time and… Read more »

{Note: This post contains affiliate links which do not change your price, but supports this blog. The opinions shared are 100% my own.} Do you sometimes feel like things just ‘happen’ for a reason? That somehow you are meant to ‘stumble’ upon something or someone who, unbeknownst to you, will make an impact in your life? Well, thanks to a conversation with my mom, I learned about Ruth Soukup, an amazing and inspiring woman, after reading her book, “How To… Read more »

“Un soir fait de rose et de bleu mystique, Nous échangerons un éclair unique, Comme un long sanglot, tout chargé d’adieux;”(Baudelaire, La Mort des Amants, Les Fleurs du Mal) As a self-professed francophile, naturally I couldn’t resist opening my Valentine’s Day post with ‘un peu de poésie française’ (a little French poetry). Nothing more romantic than the verse above from Baudelaire’s “La Mort des Amants.” Sounds gruesome when translated into English, The Death of Lovers, but….trust me….Baudelaire is hot. And… Read more »