Motivation Café

Drop in anytime for some motivation, inspiration, and conversation. We’re open 24/7 and the “specials” change every week. Thanks for stopping by!

The Worst Advice I Ever Received

Many years ago I attended a women’s business retreat in the hopes of propelling my business forward. One of my challenges at the time was being stuck on a technical chapter of a book I was writing. I was frozen in fear and my writing had been stalled for months which was causing me a… [Continue..]

The Lessons of Scarcity

Because of a shortage of paper table napkins in the stores, my husband and I started cutting ours in half at the fold to conserve. That leaves us with a 2-ply napkin instead of a 4-ply one which works quite well. We realized that we don’t really need a whole napkin at every meal. I… [Continue..]

Are You Addicted to Self-Help?

Be careful not to get “addicted to” self-help books, workshops, and so on. It’s great to use them; I do myself. But many people get trapped into believing that they must first “overcome” their fears, “conquer” self-doubt, and “breakthrough” obstacles before moving forward in their lives. There is no substitute for planning, doing research, setting… [Continue..]

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

I recently presented to a group of women and spoke about how important it is not to lose oneself in caregiving (whether a parent or taking care of an ill, elderly or disabled loved one) and that it is vital to maintain something for/of themselves. Afterward, a woman came up to me and shared that ever… [Continue..]

5 Tips to Enhance Your Happiness and Improve Your Health

Ah, happiness. Even simply thinking about being truly happy can bring a smile to a person’s face and the feeling of pure joy. Some say happiness is learned, while others believe happiness is innate. I venture to think happiness is a fundamental part of who we are — consider an infant squealing with delight while… [Continue..]

Nature Calls: 5 Health Benefits That Will Do Your Body Good

The mere thought of watching a majestic sunset, tranquil river, or tree-lined forest may bring about a sense of joy.  But do you make time to spend in nature? Juggling a partner, children, aging parents, work demands, or health issues, among other things, may make adding one more item to the already jam-packed schedule seem… [Continue..]

Observe and Elevate Those Around You

During recent air travel, I had a very short window of time to catch my connection. Plus, my connecting gate was a considerable distance away in a large airport. So I asked one of those airport transport vehicles for a lift. The driver began to bob and weave through a sea of people, many oblivious… [Continue..]

Unlock Your Music

Each of us is capable of doing much more than we ever realized. I’m not talking about getting more things done in a day. I’m talking about developing aspects of ourselves that we never knew existed. For example, when I started in business, I was convinced I had no ability to write. However, I knew,… [Continue..]

Acknowledge, Appreciate, and Be Grateful

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN I recently went into a store that makes their own sausage. It sits in one long continuous looped pile waiting to be portioned out. I asked the woman behind the counter to give me about 1 pound of sausage. She deftly cut off a piece and placed it… [Continue..]

Connect With Your Heart

Last evening I made a quick run to Walmart for a few essentials. I went down one aisle and noticed an employee, a woman in her fifties or sixties, straightening up a shelf. I stopped about 10 feet away from her and on the opposite side of the aisle, to search for an item. I… [Continue..]