How to Get Motivated: Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation

May 12, 2020

Do you know what motivates you? Does it ever seem like some people are more motivated than others? And what's the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation anyway? 

Whether you're trying to motivate yourself to write a term paper, to lose weight, or you're an employer endeavoring to motivate an employee, it's critical knowing what turns on the green light in the brain. And motivation is unique depending on temperament, values, past experience, and goals.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Positive Parenting: 3 Parenting Strategies for Greater Patience

May 12, 2020

As parents, we all know how difficult it can be to keep our patience with our vivacious children, especially in their innocent moments of exploring their world at full throttle. Parenting with patience can be challenging when our child is misbehaving, especially when we don't know how to redirect children's behavior without squelching their spirits.

What parenting strategies lead to positive discipline and greater patience? How do we prevent losing it with our children? And are you a bad mom when you are impatient?

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Teachers Rise to the Challenges of Emergency Distance Education

May 05, 2020

As schools across the nation from Pre-K to Doctoral work have moved to online platform schools, teachers, students, and families alike are struggling to deal with the transition. As a Middle School Teacher, I have struggled with the transition from Brick-and-Mortar School Teacher to Coming to You from My Living Room Teacher.

The most critical concept that has helped me with this transition has been learning the phrase Emergency Distance Education (EDE). It has a few variations including Emergency Remote Learning and Emergency Remote Education.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

I'm so emotional! Is something wrong with me?

May 02, 2020

Are your emotions running your life? Does worry keep you up at night? Do you ever say to yourself, "Why am I so emotional?" Or does your partner say to you, "Stop being so emotional!" or "Why do you have to be so sensitive?" 

All of these described me years ago. I had little to no control of my emotions and the slightest provocation incited tears. I even remember my now-grown son teasing me because I cried at Bambi. Every day, a haunting doubt kept eating at me: "Is there something wrong with me?"

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

Until Quarantine Do Us Part - 5 Swoon-Worthy Ways to Propose at Home

April 30, 2020

While COVID-19 has left us with a lot of uncertainty, it’s also left us with a lot of things we can be sure about. Like snacking every half an hour, wearing our PJs for way too long and spending more time than ever with our partner.

If your endless hours of bonding at home with bae have brought you closer than ever, you may be contemplating asking that question. No, I’m not talking about the ‘What should we get for dinner?’ question. I’m talking about the question of all questions - ‘Will you marry me?’

If you’ve decided that there’s no better time to pop the question, we’re all for [...]

Posted in Intentional Weddings & Wedding Planning

Crucial Qualities Leaders Need in a Time of Crisis

April 27, 2020

Today, inside a fired kiln, businesses and leaders sit scorched by the heat of the current crisis. Will they survive the heat?

A kiln’s heat reaches temperatures upward of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit to refine the clay and make it permanent. Crisis is a refiner’s fire, and the pandemic is applying pressure to business leaders in ways never before experienced. The rules of engagement have changed—the unexpected threat awakens us to our greatness (if we accept the invitation that can feel much more like a shove right now!)

Posted in Business and Leadership

Treat Mom on Mother's Day with Essential Oils

April 24, 2020

One of my favorite daily comforts and joys are essential oils. They are natural and healthy while also filling a room with nature's most magnificent fragrances. Many essential oils are also medicinal and have antiviral properties so they are a perfect gift for Mother's Day this year.

Aromatherapy and the natural remedies that support holistic health are a huge benefit to whoever you are giving to! We hope you enjoy how we've gathered our favorite oils for you. Now, it's possible to give a bouquet in a bottle!

Posted in Habits for Health

How to Engage and Entertain Children When Stuck at Home

April 24, 2020

As families find themselves in a strange new norm, it’s a great chance to spend more quality time together. Many families will build fond memories to talk about in years to come. But it’s not without potential stress. Aside from health concerns, many parents are trying to work from home while continuing their children’s education.

Depending on the age of your children, it can be difficult for them to understand what’s going on in the world right now. It’s likely to feel confusing and potentially frightening for some children. They’re looking to you—their parents—for comfort and [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Infuse Your Morning Routine with These Uplifting Habits

April 14, 2020

When life is full of uncertainty, what suffers most is your routine. With schools closed, sporting and social events canceled, and work now transferred to your home office; everything is topsy turvy. It's time to readjust and create new routines that support you during this unexpected cycle.

Routines can make us more efficient, reduce our stress level, and benefit our overall mental and physical health. With the coronavirus affecting people on a global scale, we've had to adapt to a new lifestyle that we didn’t see coming and definitely didn’t ask for. Whether you live by yourself [...]

Posted in Habits for Health, Emotional Intelligence

Shining through the Chaos:  Resiliency and Greatness!

April 08, 2020

There's no avoiding the unprecedented event of COVID-19 and the havoc that the virus is creating in our lives, businesses, and the world. It is disrupting our routines, leveling our way of life, depleting our financial well-being, and challenging us in ways we've never known before.

One moment we may think we're doing pretty good (no matter how fleeting); maybe we even feel at times confident that we'll make it through okay. Then the next minute, we're anxious, watching the unfoldment of a viral tsunami that no one understands entirely nor has a clue as to where it will take us.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence