Talk Your Friend Off the Ledge!

Woman Helping Hand

A friend who was having a rough day called me. She was tense and on the edge of a blow up. What do you do in that situation? Do you fan the flames by saying, “That’s crazy, Girl! You shouldn’t put up with that!” Or do you calm her with empathy and soft suggestions?

Here are some tips for helping out a frustrated person.

  1. Let the person rant for a little while (not too long) to abate their anger. They may run out of steam and might come up with their own answers to their dilemma.
  2. Speak calmly. Talk to them in an even, peaceful tone so you don’t escalate their excitement.
  3. Offer to help. Everyone gets overwhelmed and needs help from time to time. Come to their aid, if you can.

Keep in mind that these tips are not for people who complain every day. (That’s a whole different blog post!) This is for the friend who’s had the occasional meltdown.

Use these tips to help a friend in need. You’ll be glad you did!

*Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


Aspire to Greatness!

Woman with Lights

Who are the people you admire? What special traits do they have? We usually look up to people we desire to be like. Nurture and develop these traits in yourself.

You have these seeds of greatness within you. Help them grow!


No Act of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

No act of kindness is ever wasted. Here’s how you can express your heart!


Are You in a Box?

Woman Trapped

Have you ever felt boxed in? For example, an employer may expect you to complete limited duties while you want a totally different role in the company. Your mate may want to keep you cleaning and cooking when you would rather do the yard work and let them prepare dinner. Do your friends always expect you to plan outings but you just want to go along for the ride?

Some boxes are made in our own minds. Maybe you always read mysteries because that’s your proclaimed favorite, when you’d like to try historical novels. Do you shun the color pink because you didn’t like it in childhood?

We have the power to break out of those boxes!

Just try the options you’re curious about. Ask if you can move from administrative work to graphic design in your company. Tell your significant other you’re tired of being the maid. Step outside your self-imposed boxes.

Take one step today. You’ll be glad you did!

*Image by bstad from Pixabay


Don’t Panic

Woman Calm

When our lives are disrupted, we often panic. Disruptions in your health, finances or relationships can frighten us and push us to make bad decisions.

  • Sleep on it. This may seem impossible at the time, but, with some breathing room, you will approach the situation with a clearer, calmer outlook.
  • Look at your options. Often we have multiple ways to handle a situation, some much better than others.
  • Be objective. What advice would you give a friend in your situation? Take your own advice.

Replace your panic with calm. You’ll be glad you did!

*Photo by ActionVance on Unsplash


Your History Does Not Dictate Your Future

Woman on Mountain

Have you ever thought of trying something new?

Never let your history dictate your future. If you’ve had corporate jobs all your life, but want to explore working in a creative field, try it. If you’re a homebody who wonders about other countries, travel. Does an article on going vegan interest you? Take a stab at it.

Often, a desire for something new means your soul is pulling you to a more fulfilling life.

Trying something new can open you up to a myriad of life’s possibilities. One new step will lead to another. It’s such fun to see where you end up!

Try it. You’ll be glad you did!