Communicating Effectively at Home

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away last month, once said “Your success as a family—our success as a nation—depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.” It is in the home, after all, where children first learn to talk, to share, to say please and thank you, to express emotions...

Impactful Mothering

Imagine applying for a job that would require you to work all day, some nights, every holiday, and every weekend, with a strict requirement to be on call 24/7 for any emergencies, even during vacations (which, by the way, would be minimal, if ever allowed). Imagine that this job description has an unfathomable list of qualifications, stretching from financ...

The Freedom of Letting Go

Though their days are short, January and February seem to stretch on longer than other months of the year. The trees have shed their leaves and remain dormant and bare, the landscape is washed of color, the cold feels bitter and never-ending. It’s easy to feel stuck as you wait out the grayness, hoping for warmer weather and longer days ahead. But there’s a ...

Using Essential Oils to Nourish Your Emotions

In my book Essential Oils for Happy Living, I explain that “the most important decisions we make—the ones that rule our lives and determine the outcome of our personal stories—are generally emotion based. Coming to understand your emotions will make you better equipped to improve yourself and perform better in all aspects of life.” The renowned neuroscientis...

Transforming Your Life Through Mindfulness

Life is full of distractions, but that doesn’t mean your mind needs to be distracted by worries, anxieties, and troubles that bring you out of the present and keep you from accomplishing the things that are most important to you. The practice of mindfulness is relatively simple, can be done from nearly any location once learned, and works miracles by helping...

Being Happy Being Yourself

Love, family, friends, health, wealth, resilience, gratitude, purpose, faith. All of these things affect our happiness and state of well-being, some more than others. The most important contributor to happiness, however, is one many of us are the least likely to practice: self-acceptance. Dr. Mark Williamson, director of the charity Action for Happiness, whi...

Finding Motivation in the Morning

We all know the feeling of lying in bed after our alarm clock goes off and thinking about all the things we need to accomplish today. The many tasks of the day seem daunting and tempt us to just stay in. We shouldn't let this stop us. Many times we just need motivation in the morning to get us going for the day! That’s why I’ve put together the p...

Unplugging with Essential Oils

Making positive connections with others is vital to our emotional health and well-being. This is something most of us agree on and that scientific research has backed up for decades. In fact, a 2015 study identified a strong link between loneliness or perceived social isolation and cellular mechanisms that produce physiological changes that lead to ill...

Managing Anger

Anger is a powerful emotion. If left unchecked, it can effect both physical and emotional health, destroy relationships with loved ones, and contribute to violence and other risky behaviors. It is also a natural response to some of the more painful and difficult parts of the human experience. Learning how to manage your anger can allow you to properly expres...

Overcoming Self-Criticism

“I’ll never be good enough!” “I can’t do anything right!” “No one likes me.” “It’s always my fault.” “I’m not smart enough/skinny enough/pretty enough.” How many times have you told yourself one (or more) of these things? How often has such a statement stopped you from t...

Three Essential Oils I Never Leave the House Without

Whether I’m just running a few errands, spending the day at the office, or out and about with my kids, I always have some essential oils on hand. When it comes to treating stomachaches, headaches, skin irritations, or just plain old fatigue, there’s no better treatment than all-natural, safe, and effective essential oils. These highly concentrated, fragrant ...

5 Essentials to Getting a Good Nights Rest

Getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining health. Quality and quantity (7 to 8 hours a night) sleep improves memory, mood, productivity, and immunity, among other things. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to get that quantity and quality of sleep. Stress, busyness, insomnia, frequent waking can all get in the way. Fortunately, there are many things yo...

The 5 Skills Emotionally Intelligent People Have

Did you know that you have an Emotional IQ? It is your level of intelligence and ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotion. Here's why it's so important-- it is now proven to be a better predictor of future success than traditional methods like the GPA, IQ, and standardized test scores. For this reason, this week I have chosen to focus on Emot...

6 Ways to Heal Suffering Lives and Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what they'...

Are You Motivated to Succeed?

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson I thoroughly enjoyed watching the American medalist Michael Phelps compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing. His world-record-breaking performances were motivating, to say the least! What enthusiasm!? Michael Phelps made his dreams come true and he's inspired the world at the...

Emotional Dangers Beneath the Surface

While on vacation in Mexico years ago, our family toured a swamp near the ocean that was said to house a 25-foot crocodile. A young, small Mexican man was our guide. With enthusiasm, he walked my family (and a few others) onto a wooden ramp that sat a foot or so above the muddy water and had a railing made of logs. Walking forward I kept my eyes out in th...

Reach Out and Serve

Did you know that giving service to others is a basic human need—as important to our development as obtaining food and shelter? Today, psychologists emphasize this fact, reminding us that offering community service is a major factor in determining not only the happiness of individuals, but the success of families and nations. With all the pain, suffer...

3 Tips to Build Success through Trust

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else," -Cardinal De Retz. No matter the dream, establishing strong and trusting relationships--with others and ourselves--is a fundamental part of creating dreams. Why? Because relationships are all that matter. And ultimately, our relationship with ourselves determines the outcome of ...

Working and Playing Balance

One morning when my kids were home from school for summer vacation I found them in front of the TV eating popcorn and Starburst candy, tossing wrappers on the floor and lazily kicking back. Like the nun in the children's cartoon, Madeline, I raised my finger and said, "Something is not right!" Though we all like to sleep in, lay around, watch TV, and e...

The Price of Pride

A few years ago, I caught portions of a television show about the life of C. S. Lewis, the much-admired and universally respected author of the nineteenth century. I learned from the hour-long documentary that Lewis believed the father of all sins is pride. This thought left me pondering the price of pride and how it affects our relationships, our emotional ...