Author Archives: CIW

Coronavirus: Putting the Pieces Together

Frankly, there’s so much information circulating about the Coronavirus, it’s hard to know what to share. The past few days I’ve read article after article, highlighted dozens of printed out pages, scribbled numerous notes in the margins, and brainstormed multiple outlines trying to come up with a perfect, concise, just-what’s-needed body of information. And yet, here on… Continue Reading

The Biggest Block to Your Happiness. (It’s not what you think)

Contrary to the billion-dollar positive thinking industry – and our constitutional “unalienable right” to pursue happiness, attaining happiness as a final, end goal is unrealistic. Not only can it set us up for disappointment, it’s just not how life really works. Happiness is really more like a “by-product” of living a life of meaning. This… Continue Reading

Are You Happy? Really?

“Listen with your heart… for it houses the secret whispers of your Soul.” What is happiness anyway? If you consult a dictionary, you’ll get answers such as, “a feeling of pleasure, contentment, or joy,” “a state of well-being.” PositivePsychology.com says it’s a “changeable state… not a long-lasting, permanent feature or personality trait.” We often believe… Continue Reading

The ME Game & the Purpose of Life

I often find myself lost in thought, percolating on concepts, ideas, trivia, meanings, music, recent books, articles, movies, conversations, and… well you get the idea. The other day, while cleaning out old files from my phone, I came across an un-named audio I’d recorded back in March 2018. As I’ve been talking a lot about… Continue Reading

The Struggle to Be More Authentic

We all struggle with being more authentic. It comes from a deep desire to express ourselves more fully and have others do the same. But, at the same time, it’s often easier to not step out, speak up, or to behave in less authentic ways rather than risk letting others see and experience who we… Continue Reading

Becoming Unapologetically You

“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” -Steve Maraboli Think about it:  Unapologetically. You.  There’s a sense of freedom in it. Freedom from second-guessing yourself. Freedom from feeling bad if someone doesn’t like your way of doing things. Freedom from worrying if you’ve done or… Continue Reading

The Courage to be Authentic

What could be riskier than diving out of an airplane or climbing a glacier-covered peak or accelerating a race car into a curve at the Indy 500?  For one person it might be quitting a secure, well-paying job to go back to school. For another, it could be deciding to leave a marriage after 18… Continue Reading

The Power of Your Thoughts

The most important thing you can do to change your life is to change your thoughts. I know, it’s easier said than done. We all have a pattern of how we process our thoughts. For some this pattern serves us well. For others, not so much. The good news, though, is you can change the… Continue Reading

Believe You Can & You’re Half Way There

You were meant to be successful – to prosper and thrive – in health, love, joy, and yes, even finance. Even though we may have different ideas of what “success” looks and feels like, we all have one thing in common: To receive these good things into our life, we must believe two things… You must believe… Continue Reading

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

Having a vision for your life is a beautiful thing… It makes your dreams feel more concrete and obtainable. It gives you focus, direction, and guidance as you move through your days, weeks, months. It acts as a barometer upon which to make life decisions. It frees you to live with intention and purpose because… Continue Reading