Look closer

  I was at a small local art gallery last fall when I walked by this stunning stained-glass window. I was completely captivated and stood there for a moment, admiring the rich, vibrant colors casting a soft glow of natural light from outside. After taking a picture, I started to walk away when I noticed…

Let music soothe your soul

Music lifts our spirits and soothes our souls. This could not have been stated any better by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow during his speech at the 59th Grammy Awards. No matter where you are, how you live, what you believe in, who you believe in, or the overwhelming struggles you face—the healing power of…

Breathe

After looking back through memories of the past year and looking forward to special moments, plans, goals and dreams for the New Year, remember to take a deep breath. Breathe, then completely let go of what was not meant to be this past year—mistakes made, relationships that have ended, or decisions that caused unfavorable results….

Catch that fall feeling

Enjoy the cool and crisp weather, sights, smells and sounds before the red and gold leaves fall from their branches and pumpkin patches are replaced by Christmas tree lots. Cool weather, warm fuzzy socks, pumpkin pie, fleece blankets, hot cocoa and more. So many ways for us to enjoy that fall feeling. How I enjoyed…

Stand tall

You’ve heard it before. Chin up, chest out, shoulders back. Stand tall. Try it. You’ll be surprised with the results. I spent my college years at a small, private Catholic school. Everyone seemed to know everybody. When I’m not rushing off to class, you’ll find me doing what I loved to do most—writing, directing and…

Let there be peace.

  This Peace Pagoda is at the center of the Peace Plaza in San Francisco’s Japantown. It was a gift from the people of Osaka in 1968 as a gesture of goodwill. After being inspired by a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931, Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan, decided to devote his life…

Add some glitter in your life

  Add some glitter and pizzazz in your life. You’ll be surprised at how a new adventure, small or spectacular, can add a spring to your step, make your heart jump for joy, or quickly turn your frown upside down. Instead of sticking to your usual nude shades, choose a bright red lipstick. Buy those…

Pause. Come out and play.

  Need a break during the day? Get up, head out and do something outdoors. Fresh air never hurt anyone. It’s guaranteed to give you an energy boost. Play ball with a friend, go on a bike ride, or simply sit at the park bench while eating an ice cream cone. Take a walk to…

Pause. Have some dessert.

  When life gets tough or you’re having a rough day, take a sweet break. Your taste buds and soul will suddenly feel invigorated, giving you that little nudge to get up, try again, stay positive, smile and live life.  It’s a sweet reminder that everything’s going to be alright. A slice of pie brings…

Pause. Find color and joy where you are.

We all live in a colorful world.  You don’t have to wait for a rainbow to appear in the sky.  We don’t need to travel far to see something amazing. All you have to do is look up and look around where you are at any given moment.   You can’t help but smile when…

Celebrate the season

It’s that lovely time of the year filled with joy, fun and wonder. The holidays have their own special meaning to each and every one of us. For me, it’s about simply being together with our families and loved ones. My warm thoughts go to those who are unable to be with their loved ones…

Celebrate the colors of fall

  It’s my favorite season of the year. I love seeing the gold, red, and orange colors of the leaves, the pumpkin patches, and the produce at your local farmer’s market.   I look forward to unveiling my very first freshly baked pumpkin pie of the season, straight out of the oven—all in its orange…