Month: August 2016

Why I decided to start a Gratitude Jar


I decided to start a gratitude jar this week because… As they drove home from the Jersey shore during a nasty thunderstorm, my parents car was sideswiped by a young mother whose five month old son slept in the backseat. My home heating system was deemed unsafe, a fire hazard and needs to be replaced […]

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Why you Need to Play the Positive Blame Game


The other night I watched the documentary, I’m Not Your Guru, which chronicles the life and work of self-improvement coach Tony Robbins. The film, which is currently available on Netflix, captures the gripping, raw moments of Tony’s Superbowl of sorts, a week long self-awareness conference known as Date with Destiny. In what I consider one of […]

Why Today is a Great Day to Fail (Unless You’re a NASA Flight Director!)


Failure is perceived as an ugly word. One that, Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz famously stated, “is not an option.” Though I love the brash, chest-rounding spirit of, “failure is not an option”in Kranz’s case, failure wasn’t an option. If he failed, three astronauts would have died. But most of us are not NASA […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#2- Interview with artist Amy R. Terlecki


Amy R Terlecki is a commissioned abstract artist, mother of two, avid coffee drinker and yoga enthusiast. In this episode, Amy and I talk about the creative process, how to balance creative work with the responsibilities of parenthood and why its incredibly important for adults to let go of their fear of perfection. If you’re […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#1- The Healing Power of Creativity


  Episode #1:The Healing Power of Creativity Our lives are mired with difficult stretches where everything seems to be going wrong. In this episode, I recount my most difficult season and explain how creativity not only helped me through that season and made me a stronger person. If you’re like me, an adult strapped with […]

8 Lessons from a First Time Landlord


  Two years ago my wife and I attempted to sell our home. For four months our house sat on a cluttered market with little interest as we bubbled wrapped glassware, packed boxes full of baby toys and grew increasingly nervous. We couldn’t afford two mortgages and the idea of our home sitting vacant on the […]

Are you self-compassionate?


Last week, while visiting family in suburban Tennessee, I read 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. Morin’s book, one I would highly recommend, offers practical advice on how to effectively overcome setbacks and to thrive on adversity. On the last day of our trip, my son Chase developed swimmer’s ear. With […]