Audio Mindset Minute: “Give Anonymously”


When we give while expecting something in return, that is not true giving. Giving from the heart, for the pure joy of helping someone or making them feel special...and not having them know who it is...that is a special kind of giving. Join me and let's give anonymously! Because Together is Better, … [Read more...]

Inspired By My Teenager


This week, I am spotlighting one of my daughters. Ryan is almost 15 and she wrote this real account of a situation that occurred last weekend. This post is peppered with so much humor, truth, and life lessons…I had to share it with all of you. Please be encouraged to share this with your family and especially with your children. I also challenge you to go out there and Take Action as a result of being inspired by her words! Because Together is Better, As pretty much everyone in Arizona knows, there was a monumental and destructive rainstorm quite recently, causing many people immobility for hours. Arizona is commonly known for all of the dirt we have here, and that's exactly what came rushing onto local streets everywhere due to the storm. Now, this rainstorm was unlike any petty … [Read more...]

Move Over Pride and Ego!

move over pride and ego

I have known so many people throughout my life who let their pride and ego get in the way of forgiveness. I have been one of those people at times. I'm sure you have as well. I know it is hard to forgive sometimes. It feels like it is a "give" on our part or like we are excusing the wrong behavior...but we also rationally know that hanging on to a wrong only hurts us. We are so stubborn at times. What makes us think that not forgiving someone is healthy or will do any good? Why would we think that holding on to that negative energy will hurt the other person? The energy of un-forgiveness is so very heavy. When we look at it in that light, it seems so very silly, doesn't it? We are intentionally hurting ourselves...that is so counterproductive! I know that when we are in the emotional … [Read more...]

Audio Mindset Minute: “Do Something for YOU!”

Mindset Minute

We all do so much for others while wearing multiple hats. We need to make sure we are taking time out for ourselves so we don't burn out. Listen in and then do something for you! Because Together is Better, … [Read more...]

Mindset Minute: “Love Out-Loud”


So often we keep our loving words to ourselves. We all have Unconditional, Divine Love inside us, let's let it out! Join me for this segment of Mindset Minute, and in just 5 minutes you will be ready to Love Out-Loud! -Deanna   … [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...]

Whose Grass Are You Watering?

The grass is greener

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post entitled, "Comparison is a Dangerous Act!" and it is! So many people compare themselves to others in a not-so-healthy way. Please take a few minutes and read it, as this blog post will build on that topic. I am going to go one step further…to the topic of Envy! Comparison is a negative act, in that you are judging others and yourself. Envy goes further down the negative spiral in that if you are envious of someone, you are coveting and putting more energy into their blessings than into your own. Envy is best defined as a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it." That definition of envy is scary in itself, but let's dig a … [Read more...]

The Art of Giving


The other day I found myself sitting in a restaurant by myself for lunch. I had a full day of errands to complete and a time schedule to keep. I ran in to get a quick bite before heading back to my tasks for the day. As I sat there engrossed in my veggie stir fry, I was approached by a young boy trying to sell me a huge box of pixy stix. He was rattling off a bunch of information as I was simultaneously half listening and devouring my lunch..."support children"..."stay off drugs"..."please help"..."donate". When I finally focused on the boy and his words, I realized he wanted me to give him money to support some children's club for under privileged children, which will help them stay off drugs. Since this was a Wednesday during lunch, I asked him if he attended school. He said he … [Read more...]

Enthusiasm is Contagious!


Enthusiasm is such an interesting word and notion. You can have enthusiasm for anything, including things that are positive and things that are negative. I have known people who are enthusiastically negative! They get all fired up and stand tall on their soap box about all the things going wrong in their lives. They like to blame and be the victim. They seem to thrive on telling others all their bad news. Misery does love company, doesn't it? Do you know someone like this? It's easy to get sucked in, isn't it? I think we all have encountered people who live their lives like this…in a constant state of complaining. Just think: what if those people could turn their awesome level of enthusiasm into positive energy. What if they could shout to the highest mountain about all the wonderful … [Read more...]

Happy Is As Happy Does


It is so easy to be happy for yourself when something good is happening! When life is fabulous, and you are just strolling along and singing a song, and things are going your way…it's easy to have joy in your heart. I don't think anyone can argue with that. An interesting thing happens to some people when they are witness to other people's happiness and celebrations: they have a hard time being happy for them. I have seen it over and over again. It comes in the form of jealousy, bitterness, and downright hatred. I wonder why this is a fact. Do these people feel that if other people are happy, that there is not enough to go around? Do they feel that if other people are happy, that it takes away from their own happiness? Have you been guilty of this in your life? I know I have! Can … [Read more...]