A Mental Experiment


We put such limits on ourselves. We have these beliefs or preconceived notions that tend to control and stifle us in certain situations. I have a need to see. I do not like it when it is pitch black. I do not like being in a room with no windows. I do not like elevators. This can feel like a panic attack and sometimes manifests in the feeling of claustrophobia. This feeling is intensified when coupled with motion sickness. I believe we all feel certain things and have anxieties as a result of childhood or past experiences. We have a stamp on our subconscious that is there until we address it. My fear of not being able to see, I believe, is a result of two tragic things that occurred in my childhood: 1) My big brother (God I love him) thought it would be funny to zip me up in a … [Read more...]

Let’s Act Like Dogs


If you have ever had a dog, you know that the saying, "A dog is a man's best friend" is totally true. Dogs have so many great character traits, and that is how they came to be known as a best friend. The more I observe my dog, the more I want to be like her. In fact, if we all acted more like dogs, the world would be a much better and nicer place. Of course there are exceptions, as with everything, in that some dogs are mean and hurtful…but I am talking about your sweet family dog here. They have so many lessons to teach us if we take the time to observe. Here are some traits that I have observed in my dog: Loyal – Dogs are loyal like no other. They stand by your side, walk beside you, and will defend you. You can be confident that they will follow you through whatever you are going … [Read more...]

Audio Mindset Minute: “Give Compliments Freely”


So many of us hold back giving compliments for one reason or another. When we give compliments freely we benefit as well as the person who is on the receiving end. Join me for this segment of Mindset Minutes to explore this topic in more detail!  -Deanna       … [Read more...]

Keep Everything in Perspective


When I was in seventh grade, I received the greatest Christmas gift of all: My dad bought me and my three siblings each a new set of luggage. I loved my new three piece set from the moment I saw it…it was sturdy, red, and it was all mine! I loved it even more as I unzipped each section and pocket and discovered several fun gifts neatly wrapped and stuffed inside. Christmas kept giving, as I opened up the last pocket; inside were airline tickets to Mexico! We were taking a family vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico!!! Boy was I excited! After our fabulous time in Mexico, our Christmas break was coming to an end, and we returned home to snowy Colorado. When we were taking our luggage out of the trunk of our car, I noticed something quite disturbing: My brand new large carry-on piece had "Black … [Read more...]

Come From a Place of Love

come from love

This week, three different people came to me for advice. They all had unique circumstances, but they all had a common theme: They wanted to know how to repair a relationship. One person wasn't speaking to her daughter, one person had a business communication breakdown, and the other person had a conflict with a friend. These all carried with them a wide array of negative emotions. These emotions ranged anywhere from sadness to being straight up pissed off! I know you can relate because we all have been on this emotional spectrum when dealing with relationships. Do you currently have a relationship that needs to be repaired? Each one asked me how they should solve their conflict, and how to approach the other person. Each one wanted to solve the issue and not just leave it weighing on … [Read more...]

Audio Mindset Minute: “Let Your Past Mistakes GUIDE You, Not DEFINE You”

Mindset Minute

So often we let our past mistakes DEFINE us instead of GUIDE us. You are not your past or your mistakes, but you may use them to grow. Join me for this week's segment of Mindset Minute to learn more! … [Read more...]

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

Join 'em

I don't know why, but for as long as I can remember, I do not like to be tapped, hit, nudged, smacked, bumped, thumped, slapped, smacked, jarred, or patted. I am not sure that anyone likes it, but I seriously cannot stand it. When someone does this to me, I feel like my brain is vibrating. I feel like my whole body is unsettled. I prefer to be touched softly and rubbed. When I am hugged by a "Patter" it takes everything in me to endure the 3 seconds that they are smacking my back with their full affection. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. We went to Nashville to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The Opry was really great, filled with music and history that we could taste. As we sat down in our seats, I noticed that the seats were not … [Read more...]

Audio Mindset Minute: “A Lesson in Everything”

Mindset Minute

We can take the most annoying and frustrating situations and learn from them, if we are open to the lesson. In under Three minutes, I will give you practical tips and techniques to shift your Mindset to be a Better You. Join me for this Mindset Minute!   … [Read more...]

A Decision I Made


You may find this hard to believe, but I have not thrown up (vomited) in over 26 years! All sorts of flues and colds and sicknesses have traveled throughout my home, around my friends, and family…but I have managed to steer clear of bowing to the Ivory Throne. Even when I have partaken in too much to drink, I stop short of throwing up. I have four daughters, and I was never nauseated, nor did I throw up at any time during those pregnancies. Before I got pregnant, I knew I would feel awesome and not have morning sickness. It was never a question or option. I'm sure you are wondering how this can be. Your inner cynic is shaking its head in pure disbelief. I assure you that I am telling you the honest truth! You see, I made a decision at the tender age of 17: I do not like to throw up, so … [Read more...]

What Do Circumstances Reveal About You?


I read a quote the other day by Dr. Wayne Dyer, "Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him." I think this is very true. I am sure you have witnessed people who have been in a situation which causes stress, or a circumstance that was out of their control, just as I have. There are many different responses that can take place: Anger, self-pity, frustration, blame, or worse. Some people take the high road and exhibit calm, go-with the-flow, and the like. What do circumstances reveal about you? My husband and I were in the airport the other day, beginning our vacation, and the line to check in our bags was over an hour long! I had never been to the airport when it was this busy...EVER! As a result of the long, long line, we missed our flight, along with many other people. Luckily … [Read more...]