June 5, 2019

To achieve greater happiness you must learn how to act and react to people and situations. The trick is to learn self-interest without selfishness.

One avenue to healthy self-interest is first to trust in yourself. It’s wise to assume that you are a person with good intent. To assume anything less will achieve nothing of worth.

Accept yourself for who you are, with all your strengths and weaknesses. When inclined, attempt to change what you don’t like about yourself and enhance those qualities that you do like. Remember that...

January 11, 2017

Last year my husband and I spent a week in Vegas together. I was 7 months pregnant with our second son; he had just come out of a head-spinning 3-day bachelor party for his best bud when I joined him. Needless to say, we were both looking forward to some rest and relaxation. So we fled the strip to the beautiful Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Location: The middle of nowhere.

Over the course of that week we did a whole glorious lot of not much, primarily involving the consumption of savory Mexican food, drinking delecta...

December 6, 2016

My husband - my dear, sweet, at-times-foolish husband - broke his leg last weekend. In his mind he decided to "re-live his youth." In my mind, he climbed a tree. Already see how this went down? (ha ha). Thankfully it could have been worse. After one surgery, two crutches, and five days in hospital, he's home and en route to his usual self. Jokes aside, we're certainly all for "living young at any age" at TKJ. In addition to our mindset, how we behave directly affects our emotions and experience. If you don't believe me, tr...

November 24, 2016

Chances are when you were growing up you heard a lot of advice coming from a lot of people. Repeatedly. Things like “Sit up straight”, “Say please”, “Say thank you”, and my personal favorite, “Be good.” When you think about it, nobody ever really teaches us or asks us to “Be kind.” Our school system is set up to teach us what would seem to be all the academic necessities of life: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, Science, History... Yet most - if not all - of us have never had any formalized education in the one sin...

September 29, 2016

As the summer starts drawing to its inevitable close, many people find themselves feeling a little glum. And who can blame them? There’s something about warm wind and long, lazy days in the sun that seem to make time slow down. And for a few short months, it seems we all gain the ability to mentally stand still for a moment. We stop fretting over the past, and worrying about the future. We get outside more, we see friends and family more, and there are endless opportunities for pure, unadulterated fun! For a change, we can...

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