Mastering a Powerful Life

Like you, I’ve had tons of struggles with time issues, staying positive through challenges, raising a family, working and multi-tasking just to keep up.  I don’t have a lot of “me” time and I sometimes compromise sleep or eating well.  If this is also you, don’t worry!  If you can carve a few moments out of your day, here and there, you can make small positive and lasting changes that will improve your life in a powerful way. Taking baby steps in something, anything, can lead to big accomplishments.  Let’s start with how small change really adds up.  How I learned...

Give It a Try!

Is there something you have always wanted to try?  Something you have always wanted to do?  Let me tell you something.  Now is the time. Do you want to learn to play an instrument?  Paint a picture?  Sing in a band?  Understand the difference between the taste of sweet wines? Do you want to a start a hobby, do woodworking, or float in a hot air balloon?  Maybe you want to play a sport, meet people from other parts of the world, or understand the meaning of life. You may have a whole slew of excuses why now is not...

Moments of Impact

A couple of years ago, I received an unexpected phone call.  “Andrea?” the voice questioned.  “Do you know who this is?” How could I not?   The voice was one that was distinguishable among all the voices I’ve ever heard in my life. We never truly recognize how unique we sound, but just like the shape of our face and the different parts it holds, our voice clearly captures a piece of who we are. “Mr. Shear….?” I responded. Mr. Shear was an icon in my high school.  I actually knew him since junior high, and he was my guidance counselor...

Six Simple Strategies for Living Better!

Want a few easy fixes for feeling better?  Hint:  we all know what we should be doing, so let me give you a few reminders on exactly why these simple habit changers are so important. Sleep If you are like me, you are sleep deprived!  I’m up too late at night, and up too early in the morning.  I know all too well that lack of good sleep creates a cranky person (and I think my family can attest to that as well!). You can’t live a better life if you are tired and grumpy.  You will experience frustration more...

Snuffing Out Bad Ego In Life and Martial Arts

Ego.  The bad kind still exists but really should be snuffed out. You may have millions of dollars and wear the nicest clothes; or, you may be very smart and create new and incredible things.  You may own a mega corporation or have fifteen children and a nanny.  All that is great, but you are no better than anyone else.  There is nothing wrong with any of that, except when you mistakenly believe others are not as good as you because you have those things. We all have equal value. You may be homeless on the street corner. You may be...

5 Ways to Practice Happiness

I’m not sure how to tell you this. There is nothing in this entire world that can make you happy.  There is no person who can make you happy, either, not a spouse, lover, friend, father, mother, child, co-worker, minister, or acquaintance. Happiness doesn’t just happen.  That is like a karate student believing that a  black belt will fall from the sky.  Neither a black belt nor happiness will ever be that easy and both require a lot of practice.  Sometimes you will get it perfectly right, but not all the time.  The more times you get it right, though,...

The Most Important Self Defense Ever

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be threatened at gun point or physically assaulted? Being shoved in a car against your will or scurried away into the wilderness?  How would you defend yourself?  Would you grapple on the ground, kick and punch, or yell and scream at the top of your lungs?  The truth is, you don’t  know what you would do. What if I told you that there is a key self-defense element that can help  protect you no matter what the time of day, where you are, or what you are doing?  It doesn’t...

You, Only Better

There’s only one you.  You are made up of bits and pieces of parents and family.  You base decisions on friendships, events, and past experiences.  You like things a certain way. You are already the person you are meant to be…or are you? By changing your attitude, magnifying your talents, exploring your uniqueness, and exchanging a few habits, you can celebrate being you, only better. So Can I When I was young, I never gave 100% effort.   I thought that being average was okay.  I played the guitar but never learned to read music.I didn’t strive to make excellent...

Find Your Life Path

I walked along a path at the park one day with my family.  We had to walk quite a while, past a sandy playground, down along a wooded area, then through the picnic grounds just to get to the river.  There were a lot of steps to take, but it was worth it.   We took a canoe out that beautiful afternoon.  The warm air settled over us comfortably as we floated along.  I had a camera with me and took pictures as my husband and son paddled.  When I took a picture of the flowers along the river’s edge, I also captured...

Just Listen

Listen and Hear Sometimes the most profound things happen when we listen.  The first cry of a newborn or the last  breath of air exhaled at the end of a person’s life.   One breath.  That is all that holds us on the cusp between life and death. My father suffered from Multiple Sclerosis since he was in his forties.  It took its toll over the years, but he lived a long life until he passed a couple of years ago.  At the hospital, at the end, I was there.  Just listening. Nurses came and went and there were a...