Trail Magic

Trail Magic is like fairy dust. One tiny sprinkle travels quite a distance. Just what is this “trail magic” stuff anyway? The Appalachian Trail Conservancy says: The term “trail magic” was coined by long-distance hikers to describe an unexpected occurrence that lifts a hiker’s spirits and inspires awe or gratitude. “Trail magic” may be as simple […]

Hiking, Mindset

The Beautiful Journey

The promise of a spectacular view keeps most hiker’s feet moving.Really, who doesn’t get that second wind to trudge onward and upward when a breathtaking awaits?Last week my gal Micky and I hiked a ten-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in New York. My ultimate goal is to hike the entire AT. However, I’m doing […]

Goal Setting, Travel

Fabulously Flawed

Flawless.Relax.It’s a myth.Not even a diamond is truly flawless. Under intense scrutiny, you’ll find even a “perfect” diamond has minor blemishes.Now let’s move on to flawless people. Somewhere along the line, people have set their sights on being flawless. We live in a world of photo filters, fake followers, and highlight reels. We appear to […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Personal Development

Happy Mother’s Day

This past year we’ve spent lots of time praising all the essential workers who’ve had to perform their jobs during the pandemic.Now, I want to take a minute to pat myself and every mother everywhere on the back.In the best of times, being a mom isn’t easy.A mom, by definition, is an essential worker.A mom, […]

Mindset, Personal

Stand Out!

Yesterday I went for a short hike by myself. It was probably the first time in years since I always go with at least one dog, sometimes two, and occasionally I’ll have a friend along. I found this local trail I wanted to hike, but it didn’t allow dogs. I mean, what kind of trail […]

Leadership, Personal Development

5 Ways to Overcome Vacation Procrastination

How many vacations have you put off because you don’t have the time or the money? Vacationing seems like a luxury. Webster defines vacation as an extended period of leisure, which might feel as though it’s something frivolous. Often, “time away” is given low priority because there’s always a place to spend time or money […]

Goal Setting, Travel

Follow The Leader

My dog Finn is a great leader and an excellent teacher. The funny thing is, he doesn’t even try.When we got Spike, our puppy, last year, his daily mission was to mimic Finn. He behaved like a pesky little brother, following Finn around all day, copying him.Finn is well behaved and well trained because when […]

Leadership, Personal Development

Skip Winter in 5 Steps

I finally understand why birds migrate south for the winter.Nothing beats Tampa weather in March.In Connecticut, it’s a slow tease to spring.Tampa brings it every day. On the flip side, there’s no place like Connecticut for late spring, summer, and early fall. I couldn’t love it more. But in my eyes, winter is an epic […]

Goal Setting, Lifestyle

Make Your Dreams Come True!

Are you a DREAMER?   I am! When I hear the phrase “dreams come true,” I think to myself, do they? Or, more likely, do we make our dreams come true? When we hear the word dream, we think of something that isn’t real, like a movie created in our imagination while we sleep. I prefer to daydream. […]

Goal Setting, Mindset

Take Off Your Mask!

No!!! Not the mask controversy! I know what you’re thinking.“The mask.”It is a rare occasion to see anyone anywhere in the world without one.A couple of years ago, you might have thought I was talking about a Halloween mask.Either way, you’re wrong. I’m talking about the masks we’ve been wearing our whole lives.The masks that […]

Mindset, Personal Development, The Lemonade Diet

The Skinny on Becoming an Expert

Hear this!You don’t need a degree to be an expert or an authority.That’s right!If you have been diligently learning, practicing, or applying anything for 10,000 hours or approximately five years, you can call yourself an expert.I remember scanning the Help wanted ads in the newspaper many years ago. There were lots of jobs that I […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Mindset

What’s On Your Heart?

My blogs are always about what’s on my heart.They are reminders for me, as well as lessons I want to share with you. Today I want to talk about having integrity.You know, doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.Why is having integrity so important?Because if you don’t, it’s like getting caught up […]

Mindset, Personal Development

Open The Door To 2021

Our wishes have finally come true.We’ve kicked 2020 to the curb!All the disaster that it has unleashed is finally over!Really?No.When the ball dropped, it was just another moment.Another minute, another hour, another day.The tick of a watch or the turn of a calendar page doesn’t change anything. It’s like the yellow door that I walked […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Mindset

Drop Your Expectations

In my book, The Lemonade Diet, I wrote about expectations.I wrote about how we are disappointed when we expect things we have no control over. Typically I love tradition. Most of us do.This Christmas, I let all of my expectations go. I watched everyone’s posts of beautifully decorated trees and Christmas cookies.We shopped online and […]

Mindset, Personal Development

A Thankful Thanksgiving

I publish my blog every Thursday, and since Thanksgiving happens to fall on this one, I feel compelled to write about it.I read an article yesterday that said we have permission not to be thankful this year.WHAT?NOT BE THANKFUL ON THANKSGIVING?!That’s like encouraging a toddler to have a temper-tantrum every time things don’t go the […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Mindset

On The Fence?

What’s the biggest thing that’s stopping you?You.We talk ourselves out of so many great things because of fear.We fear failure or an uncertain outcome. I wanted to run for years. I’d talk about it and think about it, but I never went for a run. I thought I was too old. It didn’t look easy. […]

Mindset, Personal Development

Running For My Girl

October is breast cancer awareness month, and I want to share a little story with you.Fourteen years ago, I lost an extraordinary friend to breast cancer. She died one month shy of her fortieth birthday.Lisa learned of her cancer diagnosis during the pregnancy of her third son. Pregnancy is taxing enough, but imagine going through […]

Personal, The Lemonade Diet

8 Ways to Celebrate YOU!

It’s my birthday month, and there is no better time to celebrate ME than NOW!And I’m not talking about getting falling-down drunk. That’s a party, not a celebration.I’m talking about gratitude, reflection, self-awareness, and joy! I celebrate my birthday for an entire month because I deserve it.And so do you!So, what exactly does a month-long […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Mindset

Persevering Through Pandemics and Power Outages

As if the challenges of a pandemic weren’t enough, let’s throw in the destructive aftermath of a hurricane. If you haven’t reached your tipping point with social distancing, masks, and the cancellation of every social event, celebration, and gathering, try flushing your toilet with pond water.It turns out, the unraveling of basic hygiene was the […]

Healthy Mind and Body, Mindset, The Lemonade Diet

The Lemonade Diet is coming on AUDIOBOOK!

I like to explore Amazon when searching for my next great listen. I was doing my usual browsing through self-improvement books one day when a cover caught my eye. It was simple but powerful: a woman juggling lemons, bright and yellow. The Lemonade Diet by Susan V. Wheeler. I checked out the “look inside” feature and the chapter names. “Stop Quitting.”

The Lemonade Diet, Uncategorized, What's new

3 Ways to Jump From Dreamer to Achiever

Dreaming isn’t just for bedtime anymore… When I was a kid, I thought camping at a KOA with an inground swimming pool was living the life! Overnights at a motel were a rare occasion. And if I spent even one night at a hotel, I can’t remember. My parents were campers. As kids, we never […]

Goal Setting, Mindset

Living With Less

I have spent the last year getting my house in order. I’ve reduced clutter and parted with things that I’ve been saving for god-knows-what.Marie Kondo says, “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.” Honestly, I didn’t place each knickknack over my heart as she instructs […]

Developing Great Habits, Healthy Mind and Body
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