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Do you know how rare it is to appreciate yourself and also show appreciation to others? Most people are better at the latter and avoid accepting compliments with gratitude.  How many times in your life have you shown your appreciation to others and said something like, “you know what I like about you?” and then follow it up with a lengthy list of admirable qualities you see in them? I can’t even count the number of times I’ve told others what I like about them. I think that the ability to quickly identify admirable characteristics in others is a gift, and I enjoy honoring others.  Appreciation provides validation Appreciation is a powerful motivator; it provides validation and shows your gratitude. It’s part of human nature to crave recognition and appreciation. It’s not a bad thing to want credit, no matter what anyone tells you or what you may be telling…

Holy mother of God, this is already the end of another decade and the beginning of an exciting new era! Is it just me, or did this sneak up you, too? I knew it was coming, at least I thought about it a few times this year, and then BAM, it’s almost here! Besides the shock I feel thinking about beginning the 20’s, I am genuinely looking forward to a happy new year and decade. Somehow, this new decade just feels different and invigorating. One could say that it’s just another day on a calendar, and yes, that would be correct. In my brain though, this new decade offers so much hope and promise. I’m ready to take on 2020. Now is Your Time It’s time to kick it into gear! If you ever thought about doing something new or different with your life, now is the time. Now is…

Over the years, I have learned a lot about people – and to this day, what continues to baffle me how many people look for the negatives in every situation.  I feel like those people are determined to find something wrong or bad just to have a reason to complain. To make things worse, they then spread their negativity around like a terrible virus. This is not a new revelation for me. I have known and studied many people like this over the years, but when it hits close to home, being someone who I’ve spent a lot of time with, it still surprises me. I happen to have the opposite outlook on life. I almost always look for the good in every situation. If something happens I don’t approve of or I disagree with, I either let it go and go on about my day or I try to…

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