The Urge to Prove Yourself all the Time

I grew up in a situation where I believed that I was not as good as the other kids. My dad had a heart attack when I was 6 and didn’t work while he recovered. My mom was a stay at home mom. My clothes for school were crocheted or from a second hand storeContinue reading “The Urge to Prove Yourself all the Time”

Boredom as an Opportunity

What do you think about boredom? Is it something to be avoided at all costs? Do you immediately look for something productive to do to avoid being bored? As a Type A personality, this was definitely me. I remember my parents both told me repeatedly that “there’s always something that needs done, go find it”Continue reading “Boredom as an Opportunity”

Are you an Overachiever?

I’ve met a lot of Type A’s in my life, including the one I look at every day in the mirror. One thing we all have in common is that we are achievers. We like to set goals, we like to win, and we like to do it quickly without a lot of drama. WeContinue reading “Are you an Overachiever?”

Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!

The words of the Foreigner song Urgent come to mind when I think of my life. I urgently lived my life for as long as I can remember. There has always been a sense of urgency in everything that I do. My relationship with time was that it was scarce and if I wanted toContinue reading “Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!”

Better Sleep is a Habit

Not getting enough sleep is both a cause and an effect of chronic stress. Sleeping resets our system and it’s also when we learn. Not getting enough sleep leads to all kinds of health and productivity issues which in turn lead to more stress. Being under constant stress leads to an energizing cocktail in ourContinue reading “Better Sleep is a Habit”

Chronic Stress is a Habit

Are you stressed most of the time? Do you find it difficult to turn off your brain at night so you can sleep? Is it starting to affect your health? Were you able to turn off your urge to work while you were off the past few weeks? What if I told you that nothingContinue reading “Chronic Stress is a Habit”

The Stress Pareto

I’m sure you are familiar with the 80-20 rule, but have you ever thought of it in the context of how stressed you are feeling? It’s an interesting exercise and here are my thoughts on the subject. I would love to hear yours too! The 80-20 rule, or the Pareto Principle, states that 80% ofContinue reading “The Stress Pareto”

Molting Your Way to Calm

Did you know that we have tens of thousands of habits that are on autopilot? These run the gambit from habitual thought patterns that we always think to habitual routines that we always do. The sum of all of these is called our self concept. Our belief of who we are…right now. In order toContinue reading “Molting Your Way to Calm”

The Secret to Achieving any Goal

We are getting ready to wrap up the end of the year. Maybe, like me, you are reviewing the year to see what went well, what didn’t go well, and what you can change next year.  One of the areas I’m really focusing on in my review is where I took massive action and whereContinue reading “The Secret to Achieving any Goal”