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..]

I’m So Human!

I often hear folks, when they’ve done something they weren’t happy with, even by accident, proclaim, “I’m so stupid!” That’s such a negative phrase and seeps into our psyche whenever we say it. We all make mistakes and do things we regret. So next time you feel the urge to utter that phrase, try instead… [Continue..]

Have we lost our ability (and our sensitivity) to communicate in healthcare?

While recently accompanying a man who had just been admitted to the hospital, the nurse looked at his wife and asked, “Are you his P-O-A?” We all (including me) looked dumbfounded so she repeated the question a little louder. I finally spoke up and said, “You’ll have to tell us what “P-O-A” stands for. She… [Continue..]

Nursing Connections

I recently spoke at a small local event. After everyone had left, I remained, gathering my materials. The lovely server who had taken care of us all evening (she even packed my dinner for me to go) was there cleaning off the tables. She was so pleasant and with a great smile. Something compelled me… [Continue..]

Entrepreneurship -The Road Less Traveled

When I started my education business 22 years ago, I had a dream and vision – to launch a public seminar for nurses and take it on the road. I couldn’t possibly have known where that road would lead me – and what a difference it would make for me – personally and professionally. Certainly,… [Continue..]

Open Up to Life

In order to grow, you have to be willing to be vulnerable. You don’t have to like it. You just have to allow it to happen. Vulnerability opens you up to life.

Do the Best You Can

Life is a series of ups and downs. There will always be days, weeks, and years when things are particularly difficult. During those times, realize that you can’t do everything you’d like to do or do them the way you’d like. You simply have to do the best you can, get someone to help, or… [Continue..]

Climb, Reach, Fly, Soar

“She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.” Kobi Yamada If she’d never climbed the tree in the first place, she’d still be earth-bound and unaware of her powers.  

Best Nurse Inspiration Blog

Wilkes University School of Nursing has put together a Top 10 Nursing Blog guide on some of the best nursing blogs out there! Recently, my Motivation Café blog was recognized on that list for the BEST NURSE INSPIRATION BLOG. Thank you Wilkes University for the recognition and a very special thank you to all my readers… [Continue..]