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To pass through a mountain, we have to go through a tunnel.

Recently, I was driving to and from Nashville, Tennessee and I had the joy of driving through the Cherokee National Forest.

It was gorgeous and there were tunnels - lots of them!

As I approached each tunnel, I got nervous for some reason. 

I had to come to terms with the fact that I don't like tunnels. I know they present an efficient route through a mountain but, for me, they are dark and scary.

I realized that when we're in a tunnel, we don't exactly know how long we'll be there - in the dark. We don't know if the road will be straight or f...

Although it is spring, today it is rainy and cold outside. It heightens my appreciation for sunshine, warmth and the beauty of nature after a cleansing rain. Things always seem brighter after it rains. Colors are brighter. Nature is fresh and clean. Although it's hazy, things seem more clear. Sunshine is ahead. New beginnings are just around the corner. ~Kathy~

Happiness is like a butterfly - the more you chase it, the more it eludes - but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder. ~Kathy~

A few years ago, I noticed that caterpillars were attracted to the parsley in my garden. Having young children at the time, I decided it would be exciting to see what would happen if we put one of the hungry caterpillars in a jar. We went into the back yard and carefully selected small branches, grass, and pine straw to put in our large “sun tea” container, and proceeded to feed our caterpillar enough parsley to keep him content. We placed a wax pape...

I once overheard a four-year-old say, "That lady is always smiling. It makes me happy when I see her." Children can be so direct, clear and wise. They offer some of the best of matter-of-fact feedback. When we grow up, we forget to say the simple and positive things that we think. What is it that you see in others? Tell them about their special gifts. "You have a real talent for...." "You always approach tasks with a...." "Your smile made me happy today." What is it you see in others? Let them know that there is something special in them. ~Kathy~ Read Building Hope and Optimism for the entire text of...

Yesterday as my husband and I were driving back from a day-trip to the beach, there was a terrible rainstorm accompanying us on the interstate.

It was the kind of storm that made me drive slower, open my eyes wider, sit forward, grip tighter and put my hazards on. It was raining so hard that I couldn’t see the cars in front of me. I told myself, “Just put your hands on the wheel and drive.”

Sitting in the passenger seat was my navigator who helpfully informed me that it was raining very hard. (By the way, he too was sitting forward in his seat. Nobody rests well in that kind of storm.)

Trying to be helpful, he found the wea...

What if - just for a day - we looked at the sunny side of everything? When times are tough, positivity can be a challenge. Positivity is built in small steps. A statement like, "we are not a strong system" becomes "we are taking positive steps to become stronger." (Then we cite examples.) "I am not well" is transformed into "I am doing positive things to feel better." (Then we give examples.) In both cases, the first statement does not allow the possibility for improvement; the second statement opens the door to possibility and, with examples, it begins to feel different. It is a subtle difference between door closed shu...

Group and individual strength is built on positive vision. Norman Rockwell said of his paintings, "I paint life as I would like it to be." Paint life with your words. Tell others what you see in them. Say the words we all long to hear: "You have a good head on your shoulders. You'll figure it out." And don't forget my mother's words: "This too shall pass." And from a Source who always gives me comfort: "All will be well." ~Kathy~

Inner strength is built through optimism. Optimism is defined as "hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something." Today, I strive to be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind. I wish the same for you -  strength, optimism and hope. ~Kathy~

Hope and optimism are the building blocks of my work.

When I work with a client at any level, I have to believe that things can improve. More importantly, they have to believe that things can improve.

Hope and optimism are the building blocks for innovation and change.  

Sitting around and talking about what's wrong is futile unless it is directed toward positive changes that can be implemented. It's why we sometimes feel hopeless when we disagree with things that are happening in places that we aren't quite sure we can impact.

While we are figuring out what we can do, how we can contribute and/or how we can make a diff...

Manifestation is a daily practice.

While we often reserve manifestation for larger goals, we can utilize it on the little things in our daily lives as well. How do you see your next interaction unfolding today? What do you expect from your trip to the grocery store? What about that important meeting next week? How about your ride home from work?

While we may not be able to control the traffic, we can control our experience of the traffic. And we can choose to impact every event throughout our day with positive thoughts about what we expect to happen (a.k.a., positive self-fulfilling prophecies).

I had an opportunity to pra...

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