Five Amazing Essential Oils to Get You Motivated

January 09, 2018

Brain fogginess is a terrible plague on productivity. You know that feeling that not all your circuits are firing? Thoughts feel vague, the right words are elusive, reaction times slow and your motivation levels slump into the doldrums.

What’s the solution for mental fatigue? More coffee...maybe. But there are more sustainable, natural substances that won’t leave you with that jittery buzz, caffeine withdrawal or an energetic nosedive.

Posted in Habits for Health

What’s Your Coping Style When Head and Hard Don’t Align?

January 06, 2018

Pop Quiz: How Do You Cope?

What do you do when you have everything you want and need, but you still don’t feel happy? You have satisfying work; your finances support you; you have a strong home life...but it still feels like something is missing for true happiness.

Do you shut down? Do you rev up? If you want to exit the conversation the second I ask you if you feel fulfilled...that’s probably a clue.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Transform Criticism to Appreciation and Triple Your Love!

January 02, 2018

It’s common to hear couples complain about different behaviors of their partners while wishing their life could be happier. Somehow, we think that if our partner changed, we would be happier. Or we think, “If my partner would stop annoying me or start appreciating me, or be more intimate with me, our relationship would improve.”

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

The Heartmanity Year in Review

December 28, 2017

2017 was a whirlwind year. As the retrospectives start rolling in, it doesn’t take much to floor me. Did all that really happen in 2017? Has it only been one year?

Author José Saramago wrote this about Time: “You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it's time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”

You never know what a year is capable of.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

Learning How to Set Healthy Boundaries with Family

December 23, 2017
Blurred family boundaries have repercussions. At best, they can be annoying, at worst they’re completely soul-crushing. We’ve all seen examples—the siblings who constantly pester each other; the helicopter parent; the grandparents who take control from the parents.

Setting healthy boundaries on the other hand creates a dynamic, thriving relationship where both parties can be genuine and grow together. That’s the ideal; and it is not always (hardly ever) an easy one to achieve. Establishing limits in family life is worth the work, though.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Cultivate Healthy Collaboration and Team

December 13, 2017

Nothing is more exciting and empowering than working on a project or playing on a dynamic team—until it’s not. An energetic brainstorming can go completely awry by a subtle putdown. A co-worker makes a critical comment about a blog posted on the company newsletter. Someone makes a disparaging remark about another person's work. Most everyone has experienced something like this, right?

Posted in Leadership and Business, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaking Your Truth Even When It's Uncomfortable

December 11, 2017

There’s been a lot of truth-speaking filling the social discourse lately...and a lot of not-truth speaking. Especially with the proliferation of sexual assault discussions in every corner of every vocation nationwide, the idea of “speaking your truth” is front and center.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

A Simple Way to Stay Sane During the Holidays

December 01, 2017

You know that whirring-through-space feeling the holidays tends to bring? Everything tumbling around, moving overly fast, twisted out of the normal routine and amplified by familial turbulence. It’s enough to make you wish for some powerful, calming potion you serve your family (and yourself).

Not wine.

Posted in Habits for Health

"Look What You Made Me Do!"

October 21, 2017

“Look what you made me do.”

Even if you haven’t said those words, you probably know the feeling. Your friend startles you and you drop something fragile. Your co-worker procrastinates and you miss a deadline. Your spouse does something infuriating and you get frustrated or angry. How do we escape the blame game?

I recently found myself in a situation that I hope never to repeat; the kind that makes your stomach turn and the spot between your lungs feel tight. After moving to a new city and starting a new job, I dove headfirst into my role; I volunteered for more responsibility, took on [...]

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

4 Keys to Set Healthy Boundaries for Teens

October 07, 2017
  All parents hope their children will become respectful, responsible, and loving adults. However, family and work lives are extremely busy and hectic. Time collapses like a cheap cardboard box and soon the months turn to years and toddlers turn to teens. Parents find themselves stumped by the teenage years and completely unprepared.
As parents, we can slip into inattentive parenting from sheer exhaustion. Genes alone cannot give children emotional control. Sorry to disappoint but no gene guarantees emotional intelligence. This critical development is up to parents. Children [...]

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Parenting Favorites

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