New Year, New Thoughts

Only eight percent of us achieve our New Year’s resolutions.  At What Women Want Talk Radio, we had the privilege of discussing how to keep our New Year’s resolutions with Dr. Robi Ludwig, world-renown psychotherapist and reporter.

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Peace on Earth, Peace in Space…

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Oil painting by Robert McCall

My dear friends,

This past year I have really gotten in touch with how much I have to be grateful for.  Even tonight, even when things weren’t going so well over my Christmas dinner out, I found touch points of gratitude and that was the gift of my 2017.  I could always find something to be genuinely grateful for.

For 2018, I think we all need a little more PEACE.  We ask, and sing and talk about “peace on earth” year after year that I think that it becomes tinny with the repetition.  However, I think we need to find a deep and profound peace more than ever.  Even if we disagree with something or someone politically, we need to find peace.  Even if that someone or something, manages to irk us every single time, we need to find peace.

This Christmas Eve, I am committing my 2018 to creating, fostering and maintaining peace.  It was St. Francis of Assisi who popularized what we now call a creche or a manager scene.  And it was also St. Francis who prayed, “make me an instrument of Your peace.”

I love this painting above by Robert McCall.  It points to how small we are, how small many of our problems are, compared to the vastness of the cosmos.  However, I think if we all do our small part to be the peace we are seeking, that can also do so much good.

My Christmas wish for you is to find the peace you are seeking.  If you are seeking peace of mind, I hope you find it.  I hope you create it.  If your heart is at unrest, I hope for you to have a peaceful heart in 2018.  Seekers are finders and I hope you seek peace and find it.

Happiest Holiday to You & Yours!

Much Love,

Kristin

In Thanksgiving for Our Bodies

If you’re dieting right now, you might be dreading the next few months.  As soon as the pumpkin spice lattes start getting poured, it seems like the season of packing on the pounds begins.  The word “festive” alludes to feast, and it’s a time of year that people with weight concerns experience a lot of added pressure.

I recently spoke with Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin about being body-positive, no matter what size we are.

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“A Dose of Jane”

“A Dose of Jane”

Jane Bishop, our guest on What Women Want Talk Radio, has a blog. Need a “dose of Jane”? Follow her! 🙂

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In June, I had the opportunity to be interviewed live on the What Women Want LATalk Radio Show hosted by Judy Goss and co-host Kristin West. The theme was “Going After Your It!” (Listen to show here: http://latalkradio.com/content/what-women-want).  It was a fun and energetic conversation with Judy and Kristin.  Near the end of the interview, Kristin remarked, “you have such an infectious energy. If we need a dose of Jane, how do we find you?”  

“A dose of Jane” resonated with me as it describes my approach with life in a creative way. And those who know me know I am all about thinking outside the box!  If there is a skill, tool, lesson or resource in my portfolio of life experiences that can help someone achieve their objective, I want to share it.  I strive to listen, learn and connect with others, so if a “dose of…

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Congratulations Amy Newmark & CSSE

When a woman I’ve met succeeds at achieving her goals, it makes me hopeful. Congratulations to Amy Newmark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment! CSSE is now trading publicly on NASDAQ. I had the honor of speaking with Amy on What Women Want Talk Radio a few months back with Judy Goss! Amy is a shining example of leadership and vision.Her entertainment company has been making headlines today and I am so happy for her success.

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Amy Newmark at the opening bell of NASDAQ 8/18/2017, debuting Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE).  Photo courtesy of NASDAQ Official Facebook Page. 

 

Check out this stellar interview with Amy Newmark  here.

We All Get Trapped in the Linen Cabinet

My day started off with a faint scratching.  It was cat claws on something, a milder version of the cringe-worthy nails-on-a-chalkboard sound.

“Catty, what are you doing?”

Nothing.  Silence.

I sip my coffee and begin to deal with notifications:  Facebook, Twitter, heaps of crap email.

That sound again.

“Catty, what ARE YOU DOING?”

I look around and no cat creating chaos.  I looked in on the cat box.  No cat creating a mess.  I looked around the living room where the cat sometimes rebels and poos anyway.  No mess.  I sit back down on the couch.

Nails-on-chalkboard sound.  CRINGE.

“Mercury?”

A faint mew.

“Mercury?”

I look around, doing a 360.  No cat in his usual spots.

“Mercury?”

A faint mew.

I open the linen cabinet.  Mercury, sitting atop a pile of towels, stares at me.  Somehow, when I was putting the towels away late last night, I had failed to notice he had gotten in there, and apparently spent the night there.  I had serious cat mom guilt.  I’ve spent most of the day hugging and petting this little guy.

I won’t be able to ascertain how long Mercury wanted to actually spend in the linen cabinet versus how much time he was actually trapped in there.   However, I’ve come to appreciate something very important.  Sometimes cries for help are faint.  It was that soft mew that led me to him.  If our furry friends have this issue, then certainly our human friends do too.  We have to be better listeners and curious listeners, not just listening for the sake of hearing, but listening for the sake of learning and hopefully, helping.

Everyone has their own linen cabinet.  For some it’s depression and for some, a rarely-spoken-of trauma.  Some spend a lot of time in the dark, just waiting for a door to open.  If you haven’t heard from someone in a while, are you listening closely enough?  Are you giving them space to be heard?