The Audacity Map

I was a very shy girl. Didn’t speak unless spoken to, head down, hair falling in front of my eyes to hide behind, slumped shoulders. Teased and tickled by my father and brothers to the point of tears, bullied by schoolmates – you get the picture. It wasn’t until I went to live in NYC to attend Parsons School of Design that I woke up to someone new inside of myself. She had been brewing for a long, long time. All of a sudden, no father, no brothers, no bullies! It was like a miracle. Now I felt audacious. Bold…. Read more.

6 Empowering Ideas for Making the Most out of Life

If I can do it, you can do it. It’s true! So many of the cliches I have learned are true. Don’t waste time beating yourself up all the time and focusing on your flaws or weaknesses, and/or being around people who do it for you (unfortunately, sometimes even better than you). Know you are loved. Know you are magnificent. Know you are so very unique and special with unique talents and gifts to share with this world. Everyone has an interesting story to tell and wisdom to offer and special things to do in their lifetime. Focus on your… Read more.

If it's not fun, why do it?

20 Lessons for Living

As I’ve gone through my journey in life, I’ve learned a few lessons along the way that I hope to share with you. So here goes. Some life wisdom I’ve picked up along the way from being to stuck, to having gotten off the fence: Your name will stick with you for life. Make sure that name is good – and synonymous with integrity, kindness and truth. You must be a person of your word. This comes back to integrity. Your word must be honorable. You must know what you need, and give it to yourself whenever possible. That means… Read more.

Having fun is a pretty powerful way to start any serious relationship.
Do that which brings you joy!
Successful people are most often those who are having FUN!
You do not have to be great at everything you do. The value comes from enjoying the experience. So, have fun and lighten up!
Growing up should be fun and not be hard work, so I challenge everyone who reads this to pick something fun and do it everyday.

10 Ways to Remain a Kid at Heart

When I grow up I have decided to be a “big kid” instead of an adult. What made me decide to do this? I watch my mom and dad and all of their friends have fun, but I still think they are missing out on the good stuff kids get to do…. I think there should be an option to grow up but still do kid things. This would make the world a better place because everyone would be having fun. In the world full of “big kids” everyone would get to do stuff like: Play outside everyday. Don’t just… Read more.

10 Priceless (And Free) Gifts For Parents To Give Their Child

Many are saying this generation has bred some of the rudest, crudest and most insincere children there are. Every older generation has probably said that about the younger ones. Let’s face it, folks, the generations are what we create. We are, after all, the ones molding them. Though it is not necessarily true (Generation: R for Rude), it is the collective perception. With iPads, iPhones, iThis and iThat out there, perhaps there is a disconnect at home. More time is being spent virtually, with technology rather than with people. Amidst all of the technological advances (distractions), the seeming chaos and… Read more.

7 Ways to Have Some Feel-Good Fun for the Changing Season

There are many jokes on the rise right now about pumpkins being everywhere and in everything. But there is much truth to be found underneath the humor. And a pumpkin stampede is just one of the many (awesome) indicators that the season is changing! For me, autumn brings with it a tranquility unlike any other season. It also inspires a sense of creativity, self-reflection and nostalgia. This time of year is my absolute favorite… and there are so many ways to enjoy the transition! Here are 7 ways to have some feel-good-fun to appreciate Autumn rising: Enjoy a hot beverage in a fancy… Read more.

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! When you think about that statement, it seems like somewhat of an oxymoron, wishing someone a happy day celebrating the fact that they have to work. Labor Day was originally created to celebrate the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the workers. It honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. Yet, if you ask most people, they would prefer to never have to work another day in their life. According to a 2013 Gallop Poll, The State of the American Workplace, 70% of Americans described themselves as… Read more.

The Key To Life Satisfaction

Imagine if every day for a decade you consumed five Twinkies. At the end of that decade, if you were alive at all, you wouldn’t be surprised that your body looked and performed like the equivalent of five Twinkies! Most adults in our society today understand that you get out of your body only what you put into it. Put the optimal foods and care in, and you get a much healthier body. The more you don’t, the more you won’t. If you truly want to become who you really are – if you want to live the greater happiness,… Read more.

4 Tips for Staying Youthful — and Motivated!

USE YOUR IMAGINATION; BE SILLY; STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER CHILD – AND YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING Unleash the power of your imagination and you will be a-mazed at what you can achieve. The possibilities are endless when you allow them to be. Putting your imagination to work unlocks your creativity and inspires you to come up with new ideas that you never thought possible. Also, don’t forget to be “silly”. Silliness is a very important trait, and allows you to do crazy things…like create a book when you’re only 7 years old, which is what I did. How… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Erik McShirley

There are lots of sad, depressed, and/or angry people out there, but who says you have to be one of them? Easier said than done, you say? I’ve said that line a thousand times myself. But it’s been proven that you are healthier if you have a good attitude. So why not do something relatively small, compared to things like marriage, or going to the moon, if it helps your health? (I mean that changing your attitude is small and good.) Try using humor to lift your spirit. If you want, try a joke book, or a comic book (the… Read more.

Do Less, Do More-Recommendations From Twitter

I love how my blogs take on a life of their own. On Friday, I tweeted a saying that I saw on a wooden box at a museum in New York City last week. It read…  “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breath more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” I got a tweet right back that said, “Bark less, wag more”. Within a few seconds the idea for a blog was born. I then sent this request to Twitter: Pls recommend 1 thing to do less and… Read more.

Let’s Pretend

This morning I talked with one of my good friends, Lori. She was telling me about a great new plan that she had for her business. The excitement was palpable and grew exponentially as she shared her enthusiasm. Then suddenly she stopped, and said, “Well, that’s what I’ll do WHEN I get a sponsor.” Enthusiasm gone. Excitement killed by logic. We all have dreams. We all have the same voice inside telling us why we can’t do our own specific dream. What’s the biggest impediment stopping you from your dream? If I had the money… if I were younger…  if… Read more.

Get Out of the Book!

This weekend I had the pleasure of speaking on the topic of success at the Thin Air Summit in Denver. Part of the experience was a Q&A session where my friend Brian asked, “What do you do when you have a bad day? How do you get out of it?” Well, today is one of those times so I thought I’d answer the question best by sharing the process with you. Most mornings I wake up and write. This morning I woke up to an early telephone call and felt like someone not only threw the book at me, but… Read more.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! When I first realized I was awake this morning, I smiled and then I remembered it was Monday. I had a great weekend and would have been happier if today would have been Sunday all over again. And then I laughed, for what makes Monday any different from Sunday or Friday for that matter, but my thoughts about it? A day is a day and nothing more. It’s the labels and expectations that my thoughts place on the day that make it different from any other day. The hopes, the fears, the expectations all come from within me!… Read more.