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How to Jumpstart Your Mood and Mind with Scents

September 23, 2017

You’ve probably heard that smell is a powerful conduit of memory. Recently, I read a travel blogger’s advice to wear one perfume on each vacation—when you smell the scent, you’ll be transported back to that place, she explained.

For good or ill, scent can directly affect your mind.

For anyone familiar with essential oils, this might seem obvious. Understanding why is well worth it, though. The science behind essential oils’ affect on the brain is both an intriguing lesson in neuroscience and it might inspire you to use essential oils in new ways.

Scents are full of potential when it comes [...]

Posted in Habits for Health

Understanding Is the Key to Teens' Erratic Behavior 

September 08, 2017

Recently, an unforeseen disaster ravaged the renowned Columbia River Gorge, a long stretch of green mountains, waterfalls and riverbed running between the border northern Oregon and southern Washington state. Both states and thousands of visitors were devastated.

Then the news broke that the fires started from the spark of a mismanaged firework: teens playing with fireworks were throwing them from the edge of a bridge in the Gorge. One boy tossed while another recorded the stunt with his smartphone.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

What Is Mindfulness? And Why All of the Hubbub?

September 06, 2017

We now know that the brain plays a central role in just about everything, from our thoughts, to our emotions, to our behavior—for better or worseour brain is the engine. Research has also shown us that our brains have the incredible capacity to rewire themselves. Therefore, each of us can essentially create and wire our best brain.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

The Best Essential Oils to Spice Up Your Autumn Recipes

September 05, 2017
Fall meant Apple Hill where I grew up. Like clockwork, the air would turn crisper and seemingly everyone would trek to the Hill for apple everything—donuts, cider, apples in caramel and apple-picking. Applesauce and apple pies everywhere.

Posted in Habits for Health

How to Navigate Being a Sibling in a Blended Family

September 02, 2017

"Are you an only child?"

That question always gives me pause. Yes, but also, no. I am not alone in being the child of a blended family. Nor am I the only one who’s a bit confused by the whole situation—parents included.

Between 1970 and 1990, the shift in family dynamics was staggering. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of children living with both parents declined by nearly 15 percent. The number of single-mother households or children living with grandparents saw similar, double-digit jumps. In the past decade, we’ve reached something of a plateau, as far as family [...]

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

Do People Pleasers Make the Best Employees?

August 29, 2017

A couple of years ago, I lectured to a group of business owners on employee engagement. A gentleman gave lavish praise for one employee in particular. In the same breath, he also lamented how difficult it would be to find a replacement to fill her shoes. The business owner had many reasons for his fondness: "She stayed late whenever asked to get projects done and with amazing accuracy." "She always volunteered to go the extra mile!" "She was super productive!" "She was the first to come to work and the last to leave." "And the best part, she was very popular in the office because she went [...]

Posted in Leadership and Business

Let Go of Expectations and Start Enjoying Your Relationship

August 28, 2017

“I’ll be home on the first….if everything goes according to the plan.”

He didn’t need to say those last seven words. That caveat—if everything goes as planned—is a given in every conversation with my longtime boyfriend, who works as an officer in the US armed forces. Like knowing that your partner loves you even when he doesn’t say it in so many words, I know that our life is subject to change with little or no warning.

Always assume that nothing will go according to the plan.

He arrived home over two weeks late. That is beyond a “stuck at the office” or “your dinner got cold” [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Back to School Essential Oils to Support Your Kid's Health

August 25, 2017

Back to school season is not just a mammoth shift for kids and their families; the traffic, germs and schedule changes affect everyone. Just try breezing past a K-8 at pick up time. Even more notorious are back-to-school illnesses, and just like traffic jams, they spread far beyond the classroom.

If you aren’t already using essential oils to ease stress, clean and disinfect, try incorporating some or all of these easy applications, even before the first day. Oils can help naturally keep everyone well through the transition into a new school year.

Posted in Habits for Health

Your Inner Wifi, a Roadmap to Inner Peace and Emotional Fitness

August 22, 2017

Have you ever felt like your emotions are in the way of true happiness? The daily hassles, frustrations, and disappointments crowd out the possibility of joy?

Perhaps anger thwarts meaningful connections with your teen or spouse. Hmm. 

Or maybe you're passionate about growing your own business but your fear and insecurity derail productivity and essential actions? Hmm.

Or you're stressed out and struggling with anxiety? Maybe too emotional? Hmm.

Whatever problems you may have, I am convinced that they all lead back to missing skills in the processing and handling of your emotions [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Boost Your Joy, Career and Love Life by Mindfulness

August 12, 2017

“How did I get here?” I recently found myself standing in the produce section of Whole Foods, somewhere between the lettuce and onion island, and I had no idea how I’d gotten to where I was.

This is not an abduction story, a memory-lapse or early-onset alzheimer's. I experienced an unfortunately commonplace phenomenon that is—in many people’s opinion—becoming a societal disease: a lapse in mindfulness.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

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