Jun 122016


My inner critic

My inner critic (Photo credit: Sultry/sulky/silly)


“Andrea speaks to one of the fundamentals of self-discovery and self-healing in a voice that feels like she is sitting next to you…wise words, a few smiles, and an authentic presence to keep you moving toward your own AHA!” ~ Nancy Korzyniewski


Thanks, Nancy. And if you haven’t yet had an “aha” with your own #innercritic? Check out The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head now on Amazon.

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Apr 302014



“enthusiasm” (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)


“There is a real magic in enthusiasm.  It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale  


Have you ever noticed that enthusiastic people seem to enjoy life more than those who h0ld back?  It’s as if this trait makes colors brighter and experiences richer.  Maybe it really is the difference between mediocrity and excellence.

I suppose that makes sense; an early definition includes the phrase “having a god within.” Other definitions include words and phrases such as “a lively interest” or describes something that “absorbs or possesses the mind.”

Enthusiasm and passion seem to be natural in young children: running, jumping, yelling, laughing. In time that can change.  As we learn about “grown up behavior” we may skip a little less and sing a bit more quietly.  And when was the last time you didn’t want to fall asleep because you just didn’t want the day to end?

So if we learn to do a bit less running and jumping… and a good time doesn’t always result in grass-stains in the laundry, what does enthusiasm look like in grown-ups?  It may be quieter, but it may resemble habitual gratitude and chronic appreciation. Applause at the end of a performance?  Social media “likes” and “+”s?

How do you share enthusiasm with those around you?



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Apr 152014
English: James Earl Jones in 2010.

James Earl Jones in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abandoned by his father before he was born, James Earl Jones lived with his mother and grandparents.  His mother who worked as a tailor in neighboring towns.  At age six, James began to stutter and, by the third grade, could communicate only through writing.  He later  joined debating teams to help him overcome his speech impediment and went on to develop one of the  most recognizable voices of stage or screen.


 In What Kids Need to Succeed: Four Foundations of Adult Achievement you’ll read true stories about high-achieving adults and the lessons they learned in childhood.


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