Recasting Inglorious Moments

Like most people, I like to find a groove and pretty much stay there. When I feel moved to do so, when all the stars align just so, maybe learn something new. And, like most people, I’m comfortable sticking to a pretty sedate routine. Then suddenly, I found myself catapulted into an unfamiliar situation I didn’t…

The Faith to Leap

April worked part-time at an on-site gig with people she liked, but she didn’t dig every part of the job. She had managed to pinpoint exactly the problem: her clients had insisted on using old-school techniques but expected better results than she could possibly deliver with them. After a year, April knew she had to…

The Greatness in a Seed

Some years ago, when I lived in the country, I planted a garden. At the time, I wanted my daughter to see how amazing a garden can be. To watch vegetables evolve. To witness seeds sprouting, growing into frail seedlings become strong plants fruit-bearing plants. We rented a farmhouse and the landlord pointed out a nearby…

Getting Your Self-Talk Straight

How is your New Year starting out? Are you making progress on your goals? Whether you’re succeeding or failing, what is your self-talk? Self-talk is what you say to yourself about yourself. The inner dialog that you believe about you. People can be kind and loving toward others, but when it comes to themselves, not so much….

Once in a Lifetime Trip

Two families dream and save for the trip of a lifetime. They both want to go spend time by the ocean, enjoying the beach and warm weather. They plan to stay in a 5-star resort hotel and see the sights, go dancing, have exotic dinners and snag a few souvenirs. Both families leave the same…

Happy Hanukka

Dear Readers, Followers and Friends, I hope your holidays are warm and bright and filled with family friends and love. Seasons greetings. ~Juli Ocean

Staying on Task When Life Threatens to Derail You.

Spinning your wheels trying to get everything done in your day? Decrease frustration and increase productivity with these simple tips. We all have those days that we planned to accomplish a lot only to discover the time got hoovered away by some unforeseen event. It isn’t your fault if a water pipe bursts, your kids…

How Ready Are You for the Grand Finale?

The End of the World predictions made another tour on tongues around the globe recently. It seems every so many years, we hear about the most recent reasons why the end is imminent. Despite current events, now isn’t the darkest time in world history. But according to the keepers of the doomsday clock,  we’re only…

Are You Heading for a Health Meltdown?

Hello, there! Thanks for hanging with me while I was away. It’s wonderful to be back. I’ve got some life-changing discoveries to share with you! When my 26-year-old daughter, Sam, and I discussed my being part of her postpartum recovery, my days were already full. Two part-time jobs, a freelance business, a husband and mentoring…

How to Fight Back when Defeating Doubt Stops You Cold

“What’s your topic for our upcoming one on one meeting?” In a recent online class, the instructor emailed the question and the air froze in my lungs. It didn’t matter that I had been out of school for decades. Suddenly, I’m in the 7th grade, mind filled with a black void where my running mental commentary…

Surprisingly Simple Ways to Balance Devastating News

You only have to open your eyes in the morning to know that somewhere in the world something terrible has happened. Sometimes, bad news presses the panic button in us and we feel overwhelming sadness, fear or a persistent state of doom. You may feel as though you have no control over the constant assault…

It’s Easy for You [Part two]

Last week we left off with Callie, the young woman at the beginning of her adult life who discovered that she had choices. She wasn’t ready for marriage or the responsibility of raising a child. The father of the baby wanted to marry but didn’t want to work. Callie struggled with drinking and substance abuse and…