Tips for Breaking Bad Habits

Bad habits, or patterns of behavior, can vary from the somewhat insignificant (like squeezing a tube of toothpaste from the middle) to the dangerous and addictive (like binge drinking) and everything in between (wasting time on social media, biting your fingernails, procrastinating, and so on). Fortunately, bad habits—whether big or small—can be broken with ...

Honoring the Fathers in Our Lives

American evangelist Billy Graham said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised , unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” As Father’s Day approaches this year, let’s take time to celebrate those good fathers in our lives—the ones who not only had our hands in theirs, but also always had ou...

National Children's Day

In Methodist Episcopal congregations throughout the country, today (the second Sunday in June) is National Children’s Day. It’s a day to honor, celebrate, and advocate for the children in your life and around the globe. There is much you can do to recognize the day: put down your phone and play with your child cook with your child ...

10 Tips for Upping Your Leadership Style

There’s a reason thousands of books on leadership have been written: being a leader is a tough job, and there are dozens of schools of thought about what style of leadership works best in what situation. Following these ten tips, however, can help you stay on top of the game no matter your leadership style. (As a bonus, they are also valuable life tips for b...

Warming Up To Change

As the season changes from spring to summer, life seems to echo the shift. Students finish one grade and move on to the next. New graduates leave campus and start careers. The days become longer, more filled with light, and people flock to beaches, parks, and lakes to enjoy everything summer has to offer. We welcome these changes—celebrate them even—with gra...

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.” Th...

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...

Creating Better Work-Life Balance

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance In pursuit of “having it all”—a burgeoning career, a robust personal life, good health, a thriving and close-knit family—many of us burn out and end up falling short in one or more of these areas. Maintaining a better balance between work and other parts of your life may not give you “it all,” but it can go a long wa...

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...

How to Create Joy in your Life

Joy is not simply a feeling of happiness. It is the presence of peace and contentment that has the power to sustain us even when our lives are challenging and stressful. Joy is something you create by intentionally doing things that bring pleasure, peace, or purpose to our lives. Here are 15 things—some simple, some more elaborate—you can do to create joy in...

Effective Goal Making for the New Year

Effective Goal Making for the New Year Famed motivational speaker and writer Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” As the New Year starts and you contemplate making goals for the coming weeks and months, consider these tactics for properly setting goals: 1. Be specific. The more specific the goal, the simpler it is to measure y...