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Intentions 2014

Intentions 2014

to expertly tease the good from everything and be done with the rest. to make gratitude my go-to emotion. to remind myself daily that self-care is not selfish. to value the work i do and not give it away. and my #1 ambition for the new year and always~to…    i vow to do all…

From the Mail Room

From the Mail Room

 What a delicious surprise waking up to this lovely email the other day! On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Teresa S. Swanson wrote: Melissa, You are amazing!  The Archetype Program you have created is definitely an inspiration to any business woman (or man!) who wants that positive approach for there ‘branding’. […]Your Archetype Program…

eucharisteo.

eucharisteo.

“Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelops the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning ‘joy.’ Ah … yes. I might be needing me some of that. That might be what the quest for more is all about- that which Augustine claimed, ‘Without exception… All try their hardest to reach…

Sisu Is My Jam

Sisu Is My Jam

What’s sisu, you ask? “Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated as strength of will, determination, perseverance and acting rationally in the face of adversity. […] The word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. However sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action…

art is…you

art is…you

There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.  –Jim Henson   I’m just settling back in after a pretty amazing weekend at the Art is…You Retreat in Stamford, Connecticut last week. I met so many wonderful people as I watched my Facebook friends list come to life before my very eyes.    With…

Quality Companions

Quality Companions

 Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. -Booker T. Washington Sometimes less is more. And that’s a good thing. Don’t let bad company be a seat filler at your next life event. If you don’t have a room full of quality yet, reserve that space for only that…

Gardening Your Soul

Gardening Your Soul

  Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow? Weeds have a way of popping up everywhere, regardless of our efforts to tame them. They’re an unfortunate and inevitable part of life. Sadly, we’ve all dealt with people in life who have that invasive, choking effect on us. And yet, we sometimes feel obligated to…

Attention Girls: Authenticity Rocks!

So proud!  My daughter is being featured over at Pincurl Girls  this week discussing authenticity for young girls and tweens! Check it out! photo by: jennifer wolsey photography  

101 Fabulous Conversation Starters

101 Fabulous Conversation Starters

  Go ahead. Start the conversation. What do you think are some of the pluses and minuses of social media? What quote has had the most impact on your life? Who would you like to shadow for a few days & why? There’s absolutely no substitute for__________… What is your favorite gift to give? If…

Learning to Dance by guest blogger Kristin Noelle

Learning to Dance by guest blogger Kristin Noelle

It was by sheer luck that I stumbled across the amazing art of Kristin Noelle. The further I got into her website, the more quickly I realized she was so much more than an amazing artist, she is also a very gifted writer. I loved her site and the concept of ‘trust tending’ so much…