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!

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..]

Age Is a State of Mind: Four Ways to Stay Young at Heart

I always marvel at how hung up on age so many of us are—even when we’re still relatively young! I often receive Dear Donna questions such as: “I’m 28 years old. Am I too old to become a nurse?” or “I’m 48 years old and just got out of nursing school. Will anyone hire me… [Continue..]

What I Learned From Being Cheated On By My Ex-Husband

My first husband and I were going through some challenging times in our marriage after two and half years together and trying to work things out (or so I thought). He came home unexpectedly late from work one night, and without greeting me or even looking at me, he blurted out, “I’m seeing someone else.”… [Continue..]

What Goes Around Comes Around

When you choose to be positive, giving, loving, and kind to others, it will come back to you in spades. If you look for the good in others, you will find it. If you treat others with respect and compassion, your life will be filled with mutual feelings of good wishes and respect. © Donna… [Continue..]

The Yin and Yang of Life

This morning while meditating, I sat with my hands open and slightly cupped, palms facing upward, in a gesture of being open to receiving. I immediately had a sense of holding something very heavy in both hands. Because I have been feeling overwhelmed of late, my immediate thought was that I was feeling the weight… [Continue..]

Why You Should Add a Dose of Gratitude to Your Day

Practicing gratitude has been clinically proven to have a profound and positive impact on a person’s health and quality of life — and it’s free! No co-pays, no time spent at appointments, no needles, no prescriptions. However, the fast-paced lifestyle that many of us have become accustomed to makes practicing gratitude difficult if we do… [Continue..]

Heal the Past, Create the Future

Today is a day that many people remember and honor the souls of those who are departed. However, regardless of one’s beliefs, we can all take time to reflect on those who came before us, be grateful for battles fought on our behalf, hardships endured to create a better life and unspoken acts of love.… [Continue..]

Easy Ways to Cultivate Good Health in the Garden

There are many more ways to stay healthy and fit than simply just going to the gym. In fact, some options are right in our own backyard. While gardening may not be considered exercise by some, it can actually build or maintain strength, stamina, and flexibility. Some studies have shown that it can also reduce the prevalence… [Continue..]

What Holds You Up?

At twilight last evening, while out walking, I caught sight of this magnificent spider suspended between two branches. I couldn’t see its web but knew that something was holding it up. It reminded me of my own spiritual practice: yoga, meditation, journaling, gratitude, inspirational reading, prayer; it’s not something outsiders see, but it holds me… [Continue..]