Awareness is the knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists. It means being attentive and well-informed.  Being aware is a critical key to change and is often the first step. Being intentional and strategic in our daily actions, thoughts, and self-management is dependent on awareness. 

Often times, when we think about making change we get very focused on "what" we need to do and "how" we nee...

Self-care is the elusive ideal we never seem to get to in our day. Between the demands and pressures at work and then the never-ending requests, needs, and to-do lists in our personal lives, how do you figure out "me" time? Cognitively, we recognize that if we don't take care of ourselves, we could potentially compromise what we do for others down the line....but that down the line part is what causes us to make short-term choice...

February 18, 2019

My name is Monika.  Actually, that is not true.  When I was about twelve years old I dropped the “C” in my first name and adopted what I deemed to be the hipper consonant; “K.”   For reasons I cannot explain, this spelling stuck.  This has made cashing a check somewhat complicated and there is the occasional social media snafu, but for the most part, my adaptation has gone unnoticed.

Even more covertly, I have...

January 21, 2019

“Success consists of going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

-Winston Churchill

"I am tired of losing!  I want to win!"  This is what one of my clients recently told me.  I shared my belief that in life there aren't winners and losers but instead there are winners and learners.  When we see failing, falling short or not being the best, as being a loser, we create a mindset that shapes us to only do those things w...

January 10, 2019

This past Thursday I dug a grave for my seventeen year old dog.  When I started she had not yet passed but an angelic vet was in route to our home so that our dog’s final goodbye would

be enveloped in relative comfort; surrounded by the souls she most trusted on her favorite matted bed. The bed used to be swathed in opulent gold and fluff but as with everything, it had faded with time. My dog’s name was Leah and after her tenth se...

February 28, 2018

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

-Mark Twain

Financial Stress

If you are stressed about money issues, you are not alone. Even the word money provokes extreme emotions in most people.  Many refuse to talk about money, even in marriage; it tends to be a taboo subject similar to religion, politics, or sex.  In fact, some don’t even like to think about or deal with money and do their best to avoid it.  If this describes...

January 30, 2018

"It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are we busy about?"

-Henry David Thoreau

I work with high performers who are under constant pressure and must deliver on countless demands each day. When I talk with them about enhancing resiliency and managing stress it is usually under the assumption that demands continue to increase as the resources necessary to deliver on them decrease. They want to be able to d...

January 18, 2018

“Change your thoughts and change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale

Many of us would like to make a change when it comes to our everyday behaviors. The change might relate to nutrition, exercise, sleep, managing our money, being more positive, relationships, parenting, prioritizing our demands, or a multitude of other possibilities. Doing things differently is not as easy as it sounds. What happens often times is that we make a ch...

January 8, 2018

Resiliency can be defined as:

  1. The capacity to recover quickly from or adjust easily to difficulties or change and/or

  2. The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.

When you look at those definitions of resiliency, do they sound like capabilities that you would want to have or that could help you in your life? Is there one of those definitions that you are better in than the other...

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