Are you happy with your life right now? Your career? Your personal life? Your relationships? Or your financial life? If you’re not completely satisfied, strategic planning can help!

Did you know that executives state 97% of the time that strategic planning is the most critical attribute for the future success of their organization? This attribute was chosen over other essential skills such as communication and innovation. Why? Because the most effective leaders are those with strategic planning skills as they are able to plan and anticipate future events. As this is an essential skill, how can you develop it?

This…


First Snow

I woke up this morning to the most beautiful whiteness I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how snow has the ability to redirect light into your home. It is overcast. But the brightness of the snow seems to reflect what little bit of light there is into the windows. It creates a beautiful mosaic of shadows, prisms and reflections across my ceiling.

I smiled as I opened the window and saw about an inch of snow on the ground. It wasn’t what we were expecting. We’ve been expecting 4 to 7 in. But who’s to say that it’s done…


Managing Social Anxieties

I’m not a psychologist or therapist. I’m actually a teacher. However, I found myself struggling with social anxieties.

I frequent to the place where I was being bullied. I’m not sure exactly how much I want to go into it. If at all. There doesn’t seem to be a reason to focus on the negatives of life. However, I did realize then after a while I began to suffer from anxieties. I worried about stepping into that building. I could hardly stand it. I realized that I was becoming immobilized. I started looking for solutions to the…


The 24-hour Drive Smashed into 38 Hours

Following the holidays our family jumped into our little car and started the long arduous 24 hour drive from Phoenix Arizona to home. We are anxious to get home. We had enjoyed wonderful Christmas with our parents and we are now going to enjoy New Year’s with our grown children who would be flying in. We are super excited to even have our grandson join us. The first grandson of our lives.

Filled with Christmas cooking, love and good memories, we started off on the drive, knowing we would run into some winter…


I’ve always been very on top of my medical decisions. I keep a health Journal. Not just a journal of when I exercise and what I eat, but I keep a journal for my medical examinations. I have records of my blood pressure, medications I have taken, advice from my doctors, and any other important information that I derive from each medical appointment. I’ve been conscientious about what I put into my body and what I feel is a good decision.

Six years ago my doctor suggested that I start taking Cymbalta for my arthritis and fibromyalgia. I did my…


By Small and Simple Means — One Little Orange

Sitting on the couch beside my sister at my mother’s house just a couple days after Christmas, her seven-year-old son came walking up with an orange in his hand. With a big smile on his face and those big brown eyes, he handed me the orange. He didn’t just hand it to me, though. It cradled in both of his hands, one hand on top of the other like a pedestal. The orange bigger than his little hands precariously teetered on the top palm. With his arms fully extended and his…


Living in a Chicken Coop

As the holidays approached, I felt my anxieties rise. I became more anxious to the point that I wondered if I was going to survive. There are parts of the holidays that were very exciting to me. I was excited to see our oldest daughter graduate from college. I was excited for sitting around the Christmas tree with my parents who we would be visiting for the holiday. I was excited for the couple weeks following the holiday when all of our children would be visiting our own home. …


Teaching a course in root cause analysis last week, I spoke on the need to stop our quick assumptions. Everyone does it. All the time. We do it without thinking.

As soon as you meet someone you instantly think and evaluate the person standing opposite of you. I call this a Darwinism thinking. Theory of survival. Survival of the fittest. It can also be fight or flight thinking. You evaluate if a person is a threat to you. Friend or foe?

Next you evaluate how to approach this person. If they are friend, how do you get to know them better? Foe? How can you take them? Or do you simply avoid them?

Assumptions come from every angle. Every situation and with every statement made.

I set up my students…


My nephew was baptized recently which brought a new insight into negativity …

I’m one of six children. We don’t get together often as we live from coast to coast in this beautiful nation, but when we do get together it is fun, giggles and laughter, especially as we transition into new roles as parents of grown children and even adding grandchildren. However, there is one of us that doesn’t fall into the positivity mold. He tends to be negative and criticize others.

This interaction has certainly brought many trials to our family. It has caused gossip. Hurt feelings and…


Please note that Multiple Intelligences is not a learning style. It is a cognitive model which has been used as a learning style approach in many classrooms. This being said, it can be a valuable tool aiding in the development of the Personalized Learning Plan.

Gardner (2006) investigated the cognitive differences within intelligence which makes each individual unique. He proposed that there was more than simply an intelligence but a variety of intelligences. Eight intelligences were identified in his earlier works including verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spacial, bodily/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic (Ornstein & Hunkins, 2009).

Based on Gardner’s work of…

Tracy Atkinson

Learning in everyday experiences thru humor and positivity.

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