Joyous Joy 55: An Unconventional Lenten Sacrifice

Last night around a table of my three smiling friends, the subject of Lenten sacrifices came up. Who was giving up what, and what had we given up in the past?

During Lent, which lasts for about six weeks leading up to Easter, Christians commit to fasting or giving something up as a form of repentance. I’ve always been fond of a more positive approach (shocking, I know). I prefer to DO something proactively, rather than give up things like chocolate or coffee.

I met Meredith last summer while on one of her NYC food tours. Click on her name in the post to check out her website

I met Meredith last summer while on one of her NYC food tours. Click on her name in the post to check out her website

In the past, I’ve done things like eating more veggies and sending handwritten notes to my loved ones.

Last night, I heard one of the best Lenten sacrifices ever. My friend Meredith decided to give up hating herself. Interesting, right?

We all have self-loathing thoughts – it’s inevitable. We are often hard on ourselves and assign self blame for things out of our control. This is clearly not healthy behavior, and as much as we understand that, how many people do something to change it? Continue reading

Joyous Joy 54: Simplicity is Complexity Resolved

I would love to see where this path of stones lead.

I would love to see where this path of smooth black stones would lead me.

While crossing the street during an art gallery tour last summer, I saw this quote scribbled on a piece of paper and duct taped to a pole. My next five steps were hesitant. I looked ahead at my tour group and knew I should stay with them, but I really wanted another look. I, of course, went back.

I vividly remember staring at the words and feeling the neurons fire in my brain. What an interesting challenge? To approach complex situations with the determination to simplify it. It is almost like making lemonade from lemons.

“Simplicity is Complexity Resolved” Continue reading

Joyous Joys 53: Dancing in the Sunlight

This week was full of so many wonderful moments that it was quite a challenge to decide which one to blog about.

From a day full of randomly wonderful songs getting stuck in my head like Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World….

To meeting nearly 100 ambitious entrepreneurs on Wednesday at my orientation for the 16-week WIBO Business Planning Workshop I am starting later this month… Continue reading

Joyous Joy 52: Star Charts Make Me Happy

Ever since I was a little girl I would squeal with glee when awarded with a sticker for a job well done – especially the shiny stars my Mom gave me for my Star Chart. It made me LOVE to do my chores and homework – I wanted as many stars as I could get!

My excel version doesn't look quite as festive as this, but once the stars start piling on - it will be beautiful!

My excel version doesn’t look quite as festive as this, but once the stars start piling on – it will be beautiful!

I had completely forgotten how much fun a simple reward system can be. It wasn’t until I started dating an amazing guy a few months ago that I remembered the joy it brings me. When we met, I was honest with him about dating multiple men. He was obviously up for the challenge of winning me over, because he succeeded.

It is very uncharacteristic of me to date multiple people, and it was becoming quite the distraction. I knew I needed to sort through these great guys, and determine the one who was most worthy of my time and affections. And this is how the point system began. Continue reading