Archives of all my Blog Posts

Here is a continually updated list of all the posts I have published since the inception of Inspired New Horizons. I welcome your comments and your insights, so please feel free to email me.

  • Building Blocks for Better Stories
    Part Two of my thoughts on how we can re-write our own stories — and just as importantly help our younger generations build better stories for themselves.
  • Re-Writing Our Story
    A recent Typology podcast with Ian Cron inspired me to do a little more forensic excavating into my own childhood story. It was Ian’s comment that we need to go back and uproot that old childhood narrative that no longer serves us well as adults that motivated me to do so. The striking difference in … Continue reading Re-Writing Our Story
  • Expanding our Emotional Vocabulary
    In Brene Brown’s newest book, Atlas of the Heart, you will have an invaluable reference guide for understanding emotions — yours and others.
  • Getting to Know YOU….
    Do you love really getting to know someone? Do you find yourself drawn to a new friend, eager to hear their story and gleefully discovering common interests, common ground? What stories do you tell your new friend about you? I was thinking a. lot about Brene Brown sharing with us in Atlas of the Heart … Continue reading Getting to Know YOU….
  • New Year, New Look
    Happy New Year and a Happy New look for my blog. Feeling inspired by a growing community of others who are embracing self-discovery and becoming their authentic selves
  • Nuggets of Wisdom – The Gifts of Awareness
    Little nuggets of wisdom about awareness of aha moments in our daily lives — the little moments that make meaningful differences in how we are embracing life — no matter how fast and furious it might be coming at us.
  • Becoming Part of Something Bigger
    When I first began my self-discovery journey about six years ago, I had no idea what incredible gifts I would find along the way. At the onset, I was cobbling together teachings from notable mindfulness gurus like Pema Chodrun, Deepak Chopra and Thich Nhat Hahn. I relied on Mindfulness Magazine and to help me … Continue reading Becoming Part of Something Bigger
  • Genuine Listening
    Navigating hard conversations, setting boundaries and learning to listen to gain understanding….
  • What Gives Me Hope
    What Gives me Hope is all the light carriers, the mapmakers, the seed sowers and storytellers….They tap into vulnerability and make meaningful connections
  • Nuggets of Wisdom — Lessons Learned from Children
    Some of my best lessons came from learning about childhood experiences…and interactions with my grandchildren.
  • Broken Spirits…..Part 2
    an important P.S. to my blog post Broken Spirits — discovering how we can get snagged on unprocessed events from our past
  • Broken Spirits
    We will all experience broken hearts and broken spirits in our lifetime….how we show up for each other can help us heal
  • Scattering the Seeds of Change
    Anytime you offer someone an insight you gained from personal growth, or recommend a worthy book or podcast, you are helping spread the seeds of positive change…..
  • The Journey
    It’s starting to show…..the positive ways that my personal growth journey is showing up n everyday life.
  • Profoundly Helping the Next Generation
    Sharing awesome and revelational tools for meaningful parenting ….
  • Nuggets of Wisdom – Personal Growth Insights
    It’s the second of my new segment of my blog – Nuggets of Wisdom. This post focuses on Personal Growth Insights from shared conversations with my close friends.
  • Present Day Me in my Hometown
    A visit to my hometown with a fresh perspective about what shapes us as we grow through the decades and the importance of lasting friendships.
  • Inspiration from Imperfections
    My Zoom book club has taken a summer break and I am missing the camaraderie of good friends taking deep dives into rich conversations about life. Perhaps it is why listening to Brene Brown and her twin sisters, Barrett and Ashley, discuss the ten guideposts of the Gifts of Imperfection has been such a treat. … Continue reading Inspiration from Imperfections
  • Nuggets of Wisdom – Visual Images
    Visual images are some of the most beneficial aids in my mindfulness toolbox. Today’s post is chock full of my “go to” images that I depend upon to keep me present in the moment and showing up in an authentic way. Even if I’m feeling really strong emotions (mine or others), these helpful tools keep … Continue reading Nuggets of Wisdom – Visual Images
  • Correlations and Connections…
    Inspired by conversations with my son, my son in law and deep thinking friends, I stitch together what I’m learning from diverse resources on some of our collective bigger problems.
  • Older and Wiser Parenthood
    Being a parent to my adult children has become one of the greatest joys in my life. Offering my lessons learned wrapped in unconditional love and the wisdom to let them find their own way.
  • Nuggets of Wisdom
    A new feature for my blog — Sharing my Nuggets of Wisdom — my personalized bite-sized quotes about mindful living.
  • Red Flag Insights
    Relationships are messy but they don’t have to be dysfunctional. Paying attention to areas where we can grow and flourish is our path to rich, sustaining relationships.
  • Empathy – Essential and Endangered
    One of the big discoveries on my personal growth journey has been that the more I get to really know myself, the more I have expanded my awareness of others. I often find myself wondering what others have experienced in their lives that impacts how they show up for themselves and their relationships. My deep … Continue reading Empathy – Essential and Endangered
  • Trailblazers, Teachers and Lamplighters
    The Hero’s Journey awaits us all…discover why I’m so excited about how we can all contributing to a better future.
  • Master Class
    Self discovery is getting exciting — Overlay Dr. Bruce Perry’s work with Brene Brown’s and the Enneagram — to ramp up your own self-discovery and awareness.
  • The Malleable Brain
    Sharing some revelational insights about our brains that will help us all take better care of our mental wellness.
  • Be the Difference
    After watching The Me You Can’t See Documentary, I reflected on the individuals who had a big impact in my hardest life struggles.
  • Untangled
    Every member of a relationship brings their mental health with them – and sometimes it becomes so entangled it becomes an impediment to happiness.
  • Fresh Start
    Take advantage of the “fresh start effect” to make meaningful changes as we emerge from the pandemic.
  • Life’s Unfinished Business
    I made a new friend last year and marveled at how quickly we bonded, finding common ground through similarity in our life experiences. There was an ease to the unfolding of our friendship that had a child-like wonderment to it. We both seemed to have some depth to us that the other found intriguing. I … Continue reading Life’s Unfinished Business
  • Breaking the Chain
    Over this past year, I gained a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood experiences from one generation to the next. As I read this page from Clarity &. Connection by Yung Pueblo, I paused to reflect on just how true these words are. Often when I read a page in this book, I do … Continue reading Breaking the Chain
  • Happy Mother’s Day
    My adult son’s memories became the best Mother’s Day gift….
  • Beautiful Cheetahs
    What unfolded from a Zoom Book Club of mostly strangers launched during quarantine 2020
  • Constant Companion
    Vulnerability is a fine precision tool that drills small openings in our armor, our fears and our awareness. A series of tiny. little openings allowing light to fall into the “what matters most” center of our being. It is the continual “breaking open” process that nourishes our life. The very word “vulnerability” conjures up images … Continue reading Constant Companion
  • A Framework and a Process
    Combining the skill sets of the Advice Trap with the awareness of the enneagram helps us break free of old patterns and emerge into a better way to empower others.
  • The Big Why
    The enneagram is showing up in some really fascinating places. How this tool is creatively being used for healing and thriving.
  • Authors of our Own Stories
    This may be an opportune time to refresh the narratives we’ve authored about our life and experiences.
  • Inner Child
    I’m celebrating another milestone today — I have been blogging for 5 whole years! What initially was a rather daunting commitment to myself has become a source of great joy. I have reawakened my love of creative writing through a blog that I started as a means to hold myself accountable to personal growth. I’ve … Continue reading Inner Child
  • Happy Birthday Tribute
    Today would be Skip’s 76th birthday and I wanted to share some of my beautiful memories as a tribute to this remarkable man.
  • Welcome Change
    Shifting from a born “helper” to a “befriender” was a game-changing transformation and a step in the right direction for making a meaningful difference in others lives.
  • Growth Spurts
    I am feeling, really feeling the transformation in the ways that I am showing up in my own life and for others.
  • The Transformational Wonders of Story
    Imagine being able to find just what you need to build courage, heal from grief, or excite your curiosity from literature. What if the elements of story could unlock our imaginations, emotions and even our psyche to improve our quality of life and mental health? Dr. Angus Fletcher will rock your world with his research … Continue reading The Transformational Wonders of Story
  • When the Students Become Teachers
    Witnessing the evolution of personal growth and self discovery in younger generations offers hope and inspiration.
  • Evolving or Revolving?
    We have a choice to learn from our past and evolve into a better version of ourselves and our lives. Dr. Edith Eger helps us choose to evolve rather than revolve.
  • A Meaningful Gardening Metaphor
    Many who know me, know that I am an avid gardener. My love of gardening started early in life and has brought me so much joy over the years. One of my greatest pleasures is taking an overgrown jungle and turning it into a lush, textured and colorful retreat. Years ago, I nicknamed one of … Continue reading A Meaningful Gardening Metaphor
  • My Coat with Many Pockets
    Gathering bits of wisdom and tucking them in my pockets…..
  • The Magic of Holding Space
    Discovering the magic that comes from “holding space” for ourselves and others
  • Surrender in the Storm
    A pond lies calm, basking in full sun, her waters crystal clear She is at ease, peaceful and undisturbed Unaware….maybe acutely aware…mindful that she is all she needs in this moment To lie still and bask in warm sunlight Storm clouds gather above turning warmth and light to dark, deep dark A chilling wind blows … Continue reading Surrender in the Storm
  • Slow Riser
    Imagining morning as young woman opening the new day like a rare gift
  • Big Dreams, Wild Imagination
    Big dreams and imagination go hand in hand..and can serve as fresh approaches for problem solving.
  • Love Letters
    Releasing ourselves from old narratives and their baggage opens up so much space for new and better experiences
  • Awareness Activist
    Self-awareness is a life changer. “Other” awareness is a game changer.
  • From my Heart to Yours…
    Sharing insights from recent conversations that touched my heart…..
  • The Gift You Give Yourself
    The best gift you can give to yourself is self-awareness….check out some insights……
  • Creating the Mood
    Want to discover how you can cultivate a sustainable good mood…then keep reading:)
  • The Marvels of Breathing
    We take breathing for granted, but it is actually a superpower….
  • Brand New Kind of Conditioning
    Getting into FFT Condition…Are you curious what that is? Read on….
  • JOY
    Discovering what a little word like JOY can mean for living a wholehearted life.
  • Thankful Reflections
    My kitchen is filled to overflowing — with aromas of a roasting turkey and savory gravy, with the sounds of children giggling and the clanging of a box of legos being dumped in the middle of the kitchen floor, my eyes feasting on three generations — grandparents, parents and children. It is a hundred years … Continue reading Thankful Reflections
  • The Best Friend I Never Met
    What has your best friend meant to you?
  • Calm is a SuperPower
    Staying calm in anxious times is a gift you can give to others.
  • It Is What It is
    Our national election is less than two months away and I find myself reflecting on present and future much like I would a birthday milestone. What is working well? What needs to change? How will the future look if we stay the same course? In the preface of Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection … Continue reading It Is What It is
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H
    I never thought that I would be expanding my blog posts to touch on the much bigger landscape of our current state of affairs. Yet here I am, using this framework to stretch the canvas and add more brushstrokes. This is my canvas and I have human stories to tell. My first post in this … Continue reading S-T-R-E-T-C-H
  • Hearts and Minds Open
    The first in a series of posts motivated by the state of our union and inspired by books, podcasts, facts and conversations that put things in a new light and clearer perspective.
  • The Common Thread
    Discovering the wisdom of paradox at a time when it is needed most.
  • Owner’s Manual
    Every now and again, I come across something that just blows my curious mind in the best possible way. That is exactly how I’m feeling about the Enneagram. What a dynamic tool for lifelong self discovery and enriching personal relationships with others. In a recent post I shared Beatrice Chestnut’s book, The Complete Enneagram and … Continue reading Owner’s Manual
  • Conscious Course Correction
    How self awareness can become a stabilizer in a world of uncertainty
  • Finding a Treasure Map
    Discover how the Enneagram be a personalized map on your quest for self-knowledge.
  • A Heaping Dose of Inspiration
    My “go to” list of uplifting resources when I need a boost of inspiration and hope.
  • A Tube of Toothpaste
    We become what we believe…
  • Viewing Life through a Better Lens
    After a recent eye exam, I spent about 5 hours in bright Arizona sunshine waiting for my dilated pupils to return to normal so I could have clear vision. I was definitely limited about what I could safely do in the meantime — driving home in rush hour traffic was definitely not an option. That … Continue reading Viewing Life through a Better Lens
  • Inspiration and Revelation
    For many years I have been a huge fan of inspirational quotes. Each morning they arrive in my email inbox and appear on a couple apps on my phone. It’s an uplifting way to jumpstart my day. Last year I made a commitment to learn more about the authors of those quotes. Frankly it blew … Continue reading Inspiration and Revelation
  • Embracing a New Year…
    Embracing the new year with a healthy dose of reflection and a heart full of motivation
  • Small Moments, Big Steps
    Teaching little ones to turn their day around when emotions get the best of them.
  • It’s a matter of trust
    Trust is the foundation of our most meaningful relationships.
  • If I knew then what I know now….
    Our own personal growth journey enables us to provide invaluable life stepping stones to our children and grandchildren
  • Putting the Practice to Work
    Conflicts are inevitable — finding ways to navigate them in a more compassionate and skillful way is a game changer.
  • Receiving Mode or Resistance Mode?
    Gratitude is a key ingredient in happy loving relationships
  • The Recent “Aha” Moment
    Bringing peace and joy into everyday life makes you stronger
  • Moments of Joy
    There are moments of joy in every single day. All you need to do is be aware.
  • Why I write….
    Sharing our stories and our experiences creates a real connection and often provides great comfort.
  • Pockets Full of Treasures
    When I was a young girl I used to imagine that I had a long flowing colorful coat, rich with textures and designs — and dozens of pockets — all on the outside of my magnificent coat. Those pockets were for all the treasures I would find along the journey of my life. Not a … Continue reading Pockets Full of Treasures
  • The Storytellers’ Gifts
    Have you ever been so captivated with a great book that it was nearly impossible to put it down? There is nothing like a well written book chock full of intriguing characters and steeped in layers of the complexities of life to hold us captive from beginning to end. A truly great read will have … Continue reading The Storytellers’ Gifts
  • If you could see my story….
    Take a walk in someone else’s shoes — and then have a conversation with them.
  • A Year of Meditation
    Making a commitment to practicing meditation twice a day for a full year in 2018 turned out to be a meaningful game changer for me. It was the mental equivalent of gaining the benefits from diet and exercise — more energy, more resilience and more clarity. There were a few reasons I wanted to give … Continue reading A Year of Meditation
  • Positive Changes
    A look back over the past 3 years at how mindfulness and meditation has contributed to a broader, deeper life
  • The Vulnerability Connection
    Don’t wait for something big to grab your attention to help another. Be open to sharing vulnerability and you’ll find a deeper connection.
  • Embracing Differences
    In light of the growing divisiveness and confusion in our country, I am committed to  having meaningful conversations with others about their personal experiences, their values and perspectives.  There is no topic in today’s headlines that has not touched someone I know in a very personal way. As is often the case, we may turn … Continue reading Embracing Differences
  • Stay Calm and Problem Solve
    Yesterday I had the most enlightened, dynamic conversation about our country with my shared ride driver – a 28 year old Russian immigrant.  In 30 minutes, I got quite a history lesson from his personal experiences.  No subject was left uncovered — immigration, gun control, drugs, politics, family and personal conflicts.  It was obvious he … Continue reading Stay Calm and Problem Solve
  • The Practice of Meditation
      Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of meditation is how much spaciousness it creates in that crazy racing mind of ours.  Meditation is like a major decluttering experience for our busy brains.  I remember so very well the first time I attempted to meditate.  Let’s just say it didn’t go so well — not … Continue reading The Practice of Meditation
  • A Royal Wedding
    The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made history in so many meaningful ways — a rich blend of tradition and pageantry infused with energy, diversity and acceptance.  It is the power of love that creates the bridge between differences.  It is the heart warming celebration of a real life fairy tale that … Continue reading A Royal Wedding
  • The Value of Vulnerability
    Being vulnerable shows true courage and brings us greater connection.
  • Time for Change
    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged though there has been so much on my mind and in my heart to write about.   Over the past few months there have been many reminders of how quickly lives can change.  What concerns me is how quickly we forget the lessons learned and go back to … Continue reading Time for Change
  • Welcoming a New Year
    Jumping feet first into a fresh new year with valuable insights from the past year.
  • Collective Energy is a SuperPower
    I recently participated in the 5 Day of You Challenge through Collective Evolution , an organization that inspires change.  Their motto is “action is everything – both within us and in our communities.”  Collective Evolution is a popular alternative media outlet for people to engage in conscious content that expands our everyday way of thinking. This … Continue reading Collective Energy is a SuperPower
  • What the world needs now
    The past several months we have witnessed incredible devastation and loss of human lives due to hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, the tragic event in Las Vegas and the loss of U S. soldiers  So many people have suffered a myriad of physical, emotional and psychological traumas through their personal experiences with each of these events.  More … Continue reading What the world needs now
  • Vunerability
    It takes a tremendous amount of courage to face our own vulnerabilities   Yet it is the only way to free our authentic self so we can be our absolute best.   I’ve spent the past several years committed to mindfulness so that I could free myself from making the same mistakes over and over … Continue reading Vunerability
  • Breaking the Cycle
    Our conditioned behavioral responses will undoubtedly affect others. There’s lots of valid reasons to break the cycle.
  • If it is to be, it’s up to me…
    Taking responsibility for the changes you want in your life