Caregiving, Caretaking, and Serving Until it Hurts

Caregiving, Caretaking, and Serving Until it Hurts

On Friday, I received a pointedly-timely reminder at of all places…the dentist’s office. It all started when I slid into the chair for my semi-annual cleaning and the dental hygienist pulled out a blood pressure cuff. “We’re doing something new around here to make sure everything’s okay.” People can check out Burbank Dental Lab is best for implant restorations, on dental service. As if anyone about to have their teeth deep cleaned and dental hygiene

Reach Your Goals by Learning to Harness the Power of Tiny Habits

Reach Your Goals by Learning to Harness the Power of Tiny Habits

It’s a month into the New Year and I’m happy to report that my first quarter goals are on track! But it has nothing to do with my amazingly strong willpower (don’t have any of that!) or an abundance of free time (also missing!). I owe my success so far solely to learning to harness the power of tiny habits. One of the first books I read in 2019 on my way to my Goodreads

5 Reasons To Step Outside

5 Reasons To Step Outside

Colorado weather likes to tease. A few days of snow and bitterly-cold winds are followed by a gentle breeze and warm sunshine. Just enough to tempt us with visions of spring and dreams of colorful flowers amid green grass. Of course, we also know that it’s not truly safe to plant anything outdoors until the middle of May. However, that doesn’t stop my cabin-fevered brain from starting to imagine what it will be like to

Focus On Love – What It Means to Love Myself

Focus On Love – What It Means to Love Myself

The two greatest commandments in the Bible are to love God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength…and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. However, in a continuing effort to Focus On Love this year, I discovered that I didn’t fully grasp what it means to love myself. (After all, if I’m failing in this area, then I won’t be able to love my neighbors that way either.) Now, don’t get me wrong,

Tools For The Journey – Drink More Water

A few months ago, my youngest son and I took a scenic hike in the nearby Rocky Mountains. After plotting our three-mile course on a map, we stuffed a backpack with everything we might need for the trip including light jackets, snacks, and extra water. Life’s journey isn’t that much different. Twists and turns. Mountain peaks and valleys. Unexpected obstacles and breathtaking vistas. And it’s necessary to be prepared. Map out a path to your

No More Excuses

In the middle of fixing dinner, I had to leave the kitchen. I returned to find my daughter with her hand in the bag of shredded cheese I’d left on the counter. “Stop eating the cheese,” I said. She pulled her hand out, with a few shreds still stuck to her fingers, and smiled at me. “I’m not eating the cheese. I’m feeling the bag.” (And how exactly do I discount that shaky explanation? After

Earth Suit Maintenance

A few days at a higher altitude reminded me how fragile (and fickle) my body can be. Oxygen-debt headache. Unsatisfying sleep on a foreign bed. Nosebleeds due to dry air. Huffing and puffing with simple exertion. A frozen nose and a sunburned face. I recently came across this statement: Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. (How true. I can change addresses, but I’m stuck with this body for the