How to Create an Authentic and Fulfilling Loving Relationship Podcast with Melissa Panero of Beautifully Vulnerable

How to Create an Authentic and Fulfilling Loving Relationship Podcast with Melissa Panero of Beautifully Vulnerable

Hello Dear Readers, I want to share with you a brand new sweetly insightful website — beautifullyvulnerable.com — as well as a helpful podcast that Beautifully Vulnerable’s creator, Melissa Panero, and I made about creating fulfilling and loving relationships as introverts and highly sensitive people. I am proud of this collaboration. Melissa and I covered the […]

For Long Lasting Relationships, Respect and Trust Rank Higher Than Communication

For Long Lasting Relationships, Respect and Trust Rank Higher Than Communication

We were in a fast-moving security line at the airport on our way back from a family vacation. As the line moved along, I reached in my purse to find my driver’s license. It wasn’t in the usual pocket. I searched other locations in my purse. No luck. I started to get that panicky sick feeling […]

Need Revitalizing? The Energy of Meaningful and the Power of Deadlines

Need Revitalizing? The Energy of Meaningful and the Power of Deadlines

The past couple of months, I scheduled the hell out of myself. And it was OK. I managed just fine. I didn’t lose it. I didn’t get sick. I didn’t have anxiety attacks. Actually, I feel energized. Over the last few days, I took time to reflect on why I’m juggling so well this year, […]

Creating Win/Win Relationships by Growing Beyond Our Win/Lose Mentality

Creating Win/Win Relationships by Growing Beyond Our Win/Lose Mentality

I pay attention to coincidences. On the plane ride back from Tennessee (spent Thanksgiving there), I went back and forth between two books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the personal management classic by Stephen Covey and Wired for Love, a look at neuroscience and its correlation with relationships by Dr. Stan Tatkin. Both […]

Supporting the People Pleaser : Finding Calm During the Holidays

Supporting the People Pleaser : Finding Calm During the Holidays

This time of year is pressure-filled and brings up old wounds. The holidays involve a lot of detail-minding and extra effort. Entertaining, holiday cards, gift buying, baking, decorating, party attending, putting up lights, traveling and making sure everyone is happy, take a lot of energy. All three of my children have birthdays during the holiday […]

We’re Stressed Therefore We Micro-Manage?

We’re Stressed Therefore We Micro-Manage?

I walked down the hallway of a local elementary school. The smell of school lunches, pencils and tempera paint embedded the walls and low-pile carpet. As I looked for my assigned first-grade classroom, a boy (4th grade maybe) made eye-contact with me, smiled and said, “Hi, how are you today?” I resisted the urge to look behind […]