“Finding Your Groove” Podcast is Coming Soon!

I am excited to announce that my new podcast, called “Finding Your Groove” will debut on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. This internet-based show is dedicated to the art of living today while creating tomorrow. Whether we’re too busy to enjoy life, wonder where the adventure went, or want to make a big change, there’s something we can all do to find our groove and make our lives sing.

Art by Jackie Hobbins

Art by Jackie Hobbins

Lessons Learned From Growing Roses

I love roses. They are my favorite flower. I carried them to both of my high school proms. I also carried them in my wedding bouquet. I particularly love white and pink roses.

(c) Gyro Photography/Thinkstock

(c) Gyro Photography/Thinkstock

Over the years I have bought a variety of rose bushes – hybrid teas, floribunda, David Austin, and Knock-out. My latest purchase was two old-fashioned roses.

The Dark Side of Sucking It Up

For most of my life I have practiced the suck-it-up method. In fact, my family lives by this a good deal of the time. There is a lot to be said for this. We take responsibility for our own actions. We do not let small things derail us. We do not waste time wallowing in self-pity or engage in whining. Instead we do what we have to do, what is right, what must be done to get through whatever the situation is.

(c) Christine Whitman/Thinkstock

(c) Christine Whitman/Thinkstock

There are people who could benefit from sucking-it-up once in a while. People who blame everyone and everything else for their difficulties. Who collapse at the least sign of trouble. Then there are those like me who have practiced it to such a degree that we cause harm to ourselves. There is a dark side to this trait.