Learn from Failure AND Success

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Learn from Failure AND Success

When “successful” people are interviewed, they often make the statement, “I’ve learned more from my failures than my successes.” I disagree with that sentiment –  highlighting failure somehow paves the way to success. I don’t believe that we grow or learn more from failing than succeeding. Learning and growing come from trying new things and reflecting on the results of the experience, whether it works the way we intended or not. “Failure learning” is part of human nature. When we fail, we obviously don’t want to repeat the experience, so we take time to reflect – What went wrong? What...

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Celebrating a Year of Good Things

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog | 7 comments

Celebrating a Year of Good Things

Like any good gardener, I start with the basics to cultivate an environment for growth—finding a good spot to plant seeds and nurturing young plants to bloom and spread their beauty. So it has been with my book, Good Things for a Full Life, which launched one year ago this Sunday on January 26, 2013. During the first year, I planted seeds by focusing on chapter one, Strive for a Full Life, Not Balance. Spreading the seeds of a “full life” concept meant reaching out to others and sharing the lessons that helped me create a full and satisfying life, with the hope that others would...

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Stress Management 101

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Stress Management 101

Below is an edited version of a story emailed to me by a friend. If you know of the original author, please let me know, so I can give credit where credit is due!  A young woman confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while discussing stress management with an audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’  She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.    She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on...

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Why I Always Celebrate My Birthday

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog | 6 comments

Why I Always Celebrate My Birthday

September 17 is my favorite day of the year because it’s my birthday – the one day a year that’s all about me – my special day.  Like many women, I spend a lot of time nurturing others, so taking time to focus on myself can be tough, but is always worth the effort.  This September 17th is my 58th birthday.  Instead of bemoaning that number or the physical changes life has brought,  I choose to celebrate what those changes represent – every wrinkle represents smiles, laughter and the sheer joy of life; every worry line represents care and concern for my family or a friend in need. ...

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Stepping into Opportunity

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Stepping into Opportunity

My first guest-blogger is my daughter Lindsay, because she fully embraces the concepts in my book and has a great story to tell. I admire her tenacity, her spirit and her ability to take risk.  Once you’ve read her blog, I’m sure you’ll understand why I love and admire her so much!   After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2011, I moved home for a year to work and decide where to go to graduate school. Having spent my entire life in the Midwest, I applied to schools in Colorado, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, finally deciding that Colorado felt like the place to be. So, one...

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Sun-Times features Deb’s advice for new grads

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Sun-Times features Deb’s advice for new grads

Hindsight is 20/20. In an article originally posted on July 7, 2013 at  Chicago Sun-Times.com, Deb shared three points of advice to help recent graduates improve their vision now, rather than later … We’ve all been there: Armed with a degree from high school, college or a trade school, excited to finally be an adult and earn some real money. But we all find out pretty quickly that nothing quite prepares you for the realities of the workplace — how to get along with people, how to use your talents to make a difference and how to juggle work, family and other obligations. I didn’t have a...

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