Moving from Fitness to Wellness

I recently set a goal for myself – take 10,000 steps a day. I have been failing miserably at this! I’m shocked. I had ignorantly thought this would be a piece of cake – I’m active, I work out, I’ve got this. I didn’t realize this goal might require running miles a week, or power…

When You Call

You have our number, picked up the phone and are about ready to call for a counseling referral, and you think, Am I going to have to share my story? What is going to happen when I call LifeMatters? There is likely to be a certain amount of apprehension. We do ask you to tell…

Being a Leader Instead of a Boss

“A leader is just and lives by example, while a boss just simply bosses around…” The words “leader” and “boss” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are really quite different in terms of how they work with their employees, peers, and senior management. Although both signify someone on the top of the working pyramid and…

Who Cares?

When I was in college, I knew a woman who would say, “I don’t care WHAT people think.” I didn’t believe her. There was something too self-conscious in her assertiveness. She seemed as determined to convince herself as she was to convince me. In all honesty, I often have that perception when people make this…

A Sign of Hope, a Cry for Help

Most of us have driven by people who appear to be homeless or hungry. Often, they are holding up crudely fashioned signs made out of cardboard and reading, “Will work for food.” In this particularly harsh Midwestern winter, I recently came across a man holding his sign in a busy shopping area on one of…

Too funny?

“You’re just too funny,” is what I heard. “You’re not able to be serious,” is what was said. For someone who has a history of being pretty serious, the statement took me by surprise. That is likely why I morphed it into, “I’m too funny.” In my job, I know I do a good job…

Lessons from Zig Ziglar

Last year, I signed up to participate in monthly webinars from the estate of Zig Ziglar. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, he was an author, motivational speaker and leadership guru for several decades before passing away in 2012. You may have seen or heard several of his famous quotes related to…

Time Spending

Time is the coin of life, so spend it wisely. I saw this astute little saying on a billboard by the road when I was heading home from work one day. A few local businesses use their billboard space for this type of uplifting observation, as do some churches, although they do it with a…

Fall Asleep Counting Your Blessings

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep, counting my blessings.” – Irving Berlin As 2013 came to a close, I have been listening to this song on repeat. I like the Diana Krall version the best, and find it to be beautifully haunting, evoking…