Pokémon Go Away!

Pokemon Go AwayIn 2009 only weeks after my husband had died I noticed a strange car sitting across from my house. It was an even distance between the two houses on the other side of the street so I wondered if someone was visiting either neighbor why they didn’t park closer or in the driveway of their host. Continue reading

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Doing good! McElhaney Pub Team Races for Research on Sept 20th

Phil in Italy

Phil McElhaney

“We’ve found a mass on your brain…” I will never forget hearing those words in the emergency room with my husband. From that moment our lives changed. Forever.

As you may know, Phil died of a GBM brain tumor in June of 2009 at the young age of 51. Can you believe that’s been five years now?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if no one ever had to hear those words again? If no one had to face that diagnosis? What if there was a cure? Or at least treatment that would give patients a long quality life and time with those they love? The Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation believes there is hope. Continue reading

Star for a day!

Have you ever wanted to be a movie star? Or feel like one for a day?

Recently I had a video shoot for a new demo to promote my speaking business. I felt like a star! I was in hair and makeup a 7:00am. I like the sound of that. “I’m going to hair and makeup!” Continue reading

Like a Mutt at Westminster

“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.” Oprah Winfrey

Selfie with Sallie

Sallie Krawcheck with leadership team of
85 Broads Atlanta Chapter

Did you ever hear the one about the farmer who took his mutt to the dog show? As the story goes, this old farmer heard that a highfalutin dog show was coming to town so he started cleaning up his old mongrel to take to the show. A neighbor saw him making preparations and asked, “Now, come on! Do you really think that ole dog is gonna win anything?”

“No,” replied the farmer. “He won’t win but, Man! Won’t he be in good company!”

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Resolutions, Visions and Goals

“Another year over; And a new one just begun,” John Lennon; Lyrics from “So This is Christmas”

As one year ends and another begins it’s the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make plans for the new one. New Year’s resolutions are traditional ways of making plans for a better year.

This year I’ve seen many articles on why people don’t maintain their resolutions and why setting goals is better than making resolutions. As I see it, resolutions and goals are both focused on tasks and doing or not doing specific things.

I prefer a vision. I like to look at my whole life—work, relationships, recreation, health/wellness—and create a vision of how I want my life to look and feel in the New Year. Continue reading

Want to grow with me?

Can you believe I’ve been in the speaking business for over twenty years now? Yesterday, talking with a friend who has been doing this even longer prompted me to do the math. I started training for the Liz Claiborne company about 1989. Within a few years I was on my own as an independent corporate trainer. With that I began doing keynotes, conference breakout sessions and speaking for non-profit groups and associations. Continue reading

Who inspires you to live with passion?

 “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” –Marianne Williamson

 Mary Ann and Myra in downtown Atlanta

 
Mary Ann and Myra in downtown Atlanta

“I’m so excited!” Mary Ann said, waving her hands in the air and stamping her feet with the exuberance of a child who’d just entered the gates at Disney. “When I heard Bruno Mars was coming to town I just thought, ‘Who’s crazy enough to go with me?’” she added. Continue reading