JumpStart- Natural Compassion

AUDIO SYNOPSIS You’ve heard about the gunfight at the OK Coral, right? The Earps and Clantons squared off in this historic gunfight leaving many of them dead of dying. But, there’s a lot more to this story and in it we can learn a lot about human nature and what I...

JumpStart- Your Anger Timer

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “If angry, count to 10.  If very angry, count to 100.” - Thomas Jefferson Have you noticed that once you become angry about something that it’s very easy to remain angry? In other words, once our switch has flipped to anger, it can be very...

JumpStart- Check Out Your Fantasy

AUDIO SYNOPSIS My mom was the queen of cliche’s. “Look before you leap” was one of her favorites and although it bugged me as an impetuous kid, I see great wisdom in her words now. How about you? Do you have a fantasy? Then, my advice is GO FOR IT…. BUT, going for it...

JumpStart- The Highest Bidder

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Ok, I’m still on my Mr. Rogers kick and I’m glad so many of you are commenting on these JumpStarts about this amazing man who came into so many of our lives and taught us we were ok, just the way we are. So, here’s a trivia question for you: What do Mr....

JumpStart- Stop Crying, Wash Your Face, and Put on Some Makeup

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Many of you know that I’m going through a divorce right now. Yup. It’s very painful and truly a grieving process (I bounce back and forth through Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s steps in the grieving process on a daily basis). However, the other day one of my...

JumpStart- Dog Music

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Sometimes, developing habits that support the life we want to live can be difficult. Especially if you’re a highly functioning person. You want to exercise, meditate, work,  be with family and friends and then…well, there’s the dog. Our dogs...

JumpStart- Starting Over

AUDIO SYNOPSIS What do you do when it seems like you’ve lost everything?  When thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears vanish before your eyes? What do you do in those moments?  The answer is in today’s JumpStart. And here’s a hint: what did the...

JumpStart- Shutting down

AUDIO SYNOPSIS It’s been almost 2 weeks since I moved to Key Largo and yes, it’s paradise. The thing is: I’ve been so busy with unpacking and work that I’ve yet to just go down and lie by the pool. Not surprisingly,  because I’ve been busy and stressed I have had...

JumpStart- %^#$!

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I’ve done a couple of previous JumpStarts on cursing because I find it interesting how people use swear words in various cultures. Something I’ve realized recently is that when a person is extremely angry they are likely to curse. We get angry and so we...

JumpStart- Owning it

AUDIO SYNOPSIS The other day I was listening to a person lamenting all the problems in their life when this thought flashed in my mind, “You know, you can’t sell it until you own it.” The hardest part about self-improvement is accepting our flaws--owning those dark...

JumpStart- Make Your Bed

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I recently did a speech and before I went on stage I asked the event planner about the keynote speaker they’d hired the previous year. “He’s a retired US Army colonel,” She said, “And the one thing I remember him saying was, ‘always make your bed.’“...

JumpStart- Your Duty

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” -e.e.Cummings You will always find those who think...