How to Stop Giving Advice and Start Helping

No good sentence ever started with the words, “You know what you should do …?” When you hear advice, and a little voice in your head says, “That’s a terrible idea. Definitely do NOT do what that person just suggested,” listen to yourself. There’s a very good reason most of us, at one time in…

Accountability Matters: 3 Questions Before Bed

What is the value of a single day of your life? What is the measure of a day well spent? At the end of the day, do you stop and think about how you used your time? Despite what we’re told, there’s no single solution to these questions, which is why self-help books are so…

Parenting Matters: All Awesome, All the Time

We are on our way to Boracay, an island in the Philippines, and I’m on high alert. We’ve reached the last leg of the journey, which is turning out to be a little bit trickier than I anticipated. It’s raining and we’re outside a tiny airport, under a leaky thatch shelter, waiting for transport to…

Environmental Matters: 10 Flowers to Feed the Bees

  In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the planet’s decreasing bee population. While there remains some mystery as to the main culprit in the dramatic reduction in the number of bees, factors such as pesticides and fungicides are prime suspects. Bees are also vulnerable to parasites, such as the Varroa mite,…

Break-Ups Matter: Adrenaline and the Broken Heart

How we handle break-ups says a lot about us, whether we’re the breaker or the breakee. Unfortunately, sometimes the person who did not make the decision to end the relationship has the toughest road ahead. We have the obvious sadness and anger that comes with feeling rejected or abandoned, partnered with the idea that the…