Benefits of Meditation

You may have noticed more articles and blog posts lately about meditation. I know I have. Perhaps it’s because starting a meditation practice is on many of our lists of intentions and goals to improve our lives. Meditation is simple to practice, costs little to nothing, and is easy to learn. My daily practice has… Read more »

Friendship

Today, I’m inspired to write about the benefits of friendships because of my long-time best friend. She’s there for me no matter what. We first met while training for a long-distance running event. There’s nothing like running together for hours at a time over four months of training to get to know someone! And even… Read more »

Gratitude

If you’ve read many of my posts, you know this is not the first time I’ve written about the power of finding something, anything, for which to be thankful. And it probably won’t be the last because that’s how important gratitude is. It is one of the most powerful forces that can turn a bad… Read more »

How I Stop My Migraines

If you suffer from migraines or frequent headaches, you might benefit from my story about how I learned to control them. I was away from home, at the end of a stressful week, subjected to unfamiliar foods, constant exhaust fumes, and uncomfortable situations, both physical and emotional. The day I was to leave, I started… Read more »

I Can’t Release This Stress

Living in a chronic state of stress doesn’t feel good. It affects our short- and long-term health, immune response, eating patterns and digestion, relationships, and sleep; it affects everything. If there’s a way out of the stressful situation, we’ll usually take it. I heard from a client that she wasn’t regularly practicing the simple stress-relief… Read more »

Tap Into Courage

In a recent discussion about the importance of learning to set healthy boundaries, one person said, “It takes courage to stand up for what I need and to say ‘No’ when I need to. I don’t know if I can do it.” She was worried that she wouldn’t have the courage to actually follow through… Read more »

Build Resilience to Avoid Nurse Burnout

Resilience is a widely-used word and popular concept lately. What does resilience mean for nurses? It means being able to continue caring for others with compassion and strength under the constant stress of working long hours with scarce resources. It means feeling like you and your work make a difference, feeling connected with a team… Read more »

The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 3

In Part 2 of The Story of 33 Nurses, I promised to share more information about getting the manuscript for 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field ready to release. I also promised to show you the cover, and here it is!!! Sweet, right?! Many of the details of preparing a manuscript for… Read more »

Holidays 2020

Without a doubt, this year has been one of the biggest challenges most of us have ever endured. And now we need to face this normally joyous holiday season, courageously finding ways to compromise while still finding happiness and hope for the future. We’ve all been shouldering extraordinary stress for almost a year, some more… Read more »

The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 2

In my last post, I shared the original spark for the book 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field and how a plan started to come together. (If you missed Part 1 of the story, you can read it here.) I knew I wanted to develop a consistent set of questions that each… Read more »