Weeding Out Habits: Make Room for Change

Habits dig ruts so slowly you don’t even realize it. Pretty soon you’re doing the same thing in the same way all the time… year after year after year. And when a behavior becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain starts snoozing. It’s why we can so...

Starting the Day With Good Vibes

My experiment this week is working and I’m excited. I’m trying something new by spending the first five minutes of the day thinking about good stuff. Instead of letting my mind do whatever IT wants, I’ve been giving it something else to do: make a list of three things...

The Relief of Getting Smarter

I changed my mind and I’m glad. This reversal has always meant to me that someone let new information seep into their brain, like a senator who changes his “nay” to “yea” after he got smarter.  New information is like gold, and here’s the newest in my head today....

Good Days Start With Good Mornings

I didn’t learn the importance of “slow” until I moved to this island 10 years ago. I’d never put much thought into what I was doing, getting up every day and immediately launching into that day’s list of obligations. I didn’t have a choice… or so I...

Re-habit Yourself for Success

My spring has sprung today. The first day of spring always catapults me into action as I get ready to discard four months of winter doldrums. Flowers spring forth, so must I.  In addition to the annual clearing out and cleaning up around here, the action I have...

Making Room for Change

Starting my new year off right means clearing the decks, I mean cleaning my desk. Wiping the slate clean so I can start fresh, if only in my mind, is rather like the Monday morning diets people promise themselves. Only this is one time, not 52. Clearing the clutter...

Walk More Effectively – 4/10

I know, it’s easy. Just put one foot in front of the other. Well, not if you only walk a mile 4 times a week, like I do. I need to get the “biggest bang for my buck”.  Surprisingly, this means paying attention to what my body’s doing pretty much the whole way....

Overeating and Regret – 3/09

Groan, another potluck, another stomach ache. When will I learn. Luckily it was a small gathering. But still, with all that great food laid out in front of you, what’s a person to do? It’s like my brain shuts down and my arm gets stuck in “reach mode”. I know that...

Paying Attention Avoids Accidents – 2/08

I’ve been having little kitchen accidents lately. My dentist scolded that I wasn’t flossing good enough then showed me pictures of what could happen to my gums. Yeow! These two events may seem unrelated, but I put them together recently after reading a...