You Are Not Alone: A Nod to Caregivers

March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. Twenty-six years ago, my husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Twenty-six years ago, I became a family caregiver; and, more specifically (in my case), a spousal caregiver. I didn’t even realize that I was a family caregiver at that time because I always envisioned family caregivers… [Continue..]

Thank You For Saying Thank You

Recently while traveling, I enjoyed breakfast at a chain restaurant. Several tables were occupied, and I noticed only one server doing all the front-end work: taking orders and processing payments. Other customers slowly trickled in, and she seemed to keep up with it all with grace, style, and even humor. When she brought my food,… [Continue..]

Try Stepping Forward Boldly

The older we get, the more risk-averse we become. Our fears magnify and we have a tendency to pull back from life. But pulling back and avoiding things we’re afraid of only magnifies our fears and makes our world smaller. Instead, try stepping forward boldly. Take a risk, even a small one. Try something new… [Continue..]

A Nurse’s Story

The summer before my senior year of RN nursing school, I worked as an LPN (we were allowed to take LPN boards then after 2 years of RN education) in a county-run long-term chronic psychiatric facility. Most of the patients had been there for years and years long ago abandoned by their families. It was… [Continue..]

A Little Generosity Goes a Long Way

I arrived home late yesterday afternoon from a business trip. So I decided to order takeout dinner for the family and have it delivered. The bill came to $48.45. I handed the delivery person $60 and told him to keep the change. He stood there stunned for a moment and then in the most sincere… [Continue..]

Those Small Moments of Connection and Support

A few years back during a loss of power after a storm, I went to a convenience store that had electricity to get coffee and ice… essentials during a power failure! A customer (a man in his 40s) saw me trying to juggle several bags of ice and picked one up to help me out… [Continue..]

Embrace Your Transitions: Part 2

I often talk about the value and the need for transitions in our life—those in-between times when we go from one thing to another—whether it’s a job, relationship, or other major life event. I want to share with you one of my own experiences of a big transition that was so pivotal in my life.… [Continue..]

Embrace Your Transitions: Part 1

Let’s talk about the importance and the value of transitions in your life. A transition is that time when you’re going from one thing to another—from one place to another. It’s that in-between time, that gray area. Many of us always feel like we have to go from one relationship to another immediately, or we… [Continue..]

Re-Open Your Life

Here we find ourselves in March of 2021. The World Health Organization has just marked one year since the entire pandemic shut down and stay-at-home orders were issued last year. That’s quite an incredible landmark! What’s happened in that last year with all the challenges that we’ve had, is many of us who are not… [Continue..]

A Nod to Florence Nightingale

You likely know, March is Women’s History Month! As a long-time registered nurse, I want to take this opportunity to put a spotlight on one very famous nurse from history—Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing, but was such an incredible and complex woman, as well as a healthcare professional. She… [Continue..]