Gratitude as an Antidote for Holiday Stress

For many, the time between November and the beginning of the New Year is a time of increased output. We spend a great deal of time and resources preparing for and celebrating holidays. It can be “the most wonderful time of the year” AND a real recipe for exhaustion. It seems like everywhere you look…

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Most of the time, when I finish interacting with someone, I part ways with a simple phrase: “take care”. These two words carry quite a bit of meaning. When we advise someone to “take care”, we encourage them to focus on their own well-being, despite the unknown difficulties they may face as the day progresses.…

Defining Your Personal Brand

Several years ago, a friend asked me about my “personal brand”, as it relates to my professional life. She asked, “Do you want others to see you as a (insert name of big box store here) or do you want to be associated with a higher-end brand, such as a boutique store that focuses on…

Rocky Mountain Heights

It was mid-morning when we broke through the tree line, a bit weary but exhilarated by our accomplishment. We were a troupe of unlikely mountaineers raging in age from 7 to 43, and we were on a quest to honor the man who inspired it all. In fact, shortly before he died, my dad had…

Behavior Change: What’s Worked Before?

Have you ever struggled with making lasting, positive change to your behavior? It seems like most people have a hard time with that. We stop eating vegetables and go back to our old eating habits, drop our latest exercise routine after a month, or put off the important next steps in our education. I’ve inadvertently…

You Gotta Be You

My husband and I enjoy taking regular walks in and around our neighborhood. Particularly in the nicer weather, we see several people out and about, and often wave or stop to say hello. We encounter one gentleman on a fairly regular basis who never acknowledges us in return. This has inspired an increased amount of…

Walking Around the Rabbit Hole

My friend warned me the news she had might upset me, so we agreed she would delay telling me for now. I was preparing for an important meeting the next day and she didn’t want me to be distracted. After a night of ruminating about the possibilities of what she might have to tell me,…

Cut Out the Clutter

My daughter recently finished college in another state and moved back home for the start of her graduate studies. Although I was extremely excited at the prospect of having her close by for the next two years, I was a little less enthusiastic as I surveyed the vanload of things accompanying her back home. As…

Lisa Mertens, Account Manager at Empathia

Resiliency: My Story

Bouncing back, overcoming adversity, being strong, taking the punches, quick to recover…RESILIENCY. Merriam Webster defines resiliency as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. However, what does that really look like and what does it take to make it happen? Last summer, my husband and I were in a motorcycle…

Change Just Ahead sign on desert road

Are You Growing Tomatoes in the Shade?

My neighbor has a green thumb. Her yard is filled with beautiful flowers, mature trees, well-trimmed bushes, and her grass resembles a plush green carpet. There are bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths. It is serene. Yet, I am puzzled year after year by the location of the vegetable garden. Why are the tomatoes…