Tagged: inspiration

I’ve learned a few valuable lessons a little too late, but may never have learned had it not been for those of you I’ve left on bad terms. 0

A Letter To Those I’ve Left On Bad Terms

I’ve learned a few valuable lessons a little too late. I run on high emotion, and I’m an expressive personality. These are often very positive attributes, but there have been times in my life when emotion collided with disagreement, miscommunication, and frustration. A handful of times, this unfortunately led to anger, fear, and pain. In the perfect storms, those were the bad terms on which we parted ways. One lesson I learned a little too late is self-control in circumstances when these common negative emotions bubble to the surface. Now, I’ll wholeheartedly admit that I’ve been squarely in the wrong at times...

Do You Believe in Signs? Today is the fourth anniversary of my dad's suicide, and this cardinal just showed up in my back porch. 0

Do You Believe In Signs? I Do. Here’s Why.

I’m sitting here this morning trying not to let my mind dwell on the fact that it’s been 4 years since the day that my dad took his own life. Even though through the grace of God I’ve found some semblance of peace with not having my dad around anymore, the anniversary date is always difficult, as is the day before since that was my parents’ wedding anniversary. So that’s where I’m at this morning. As Cooper, Veda and I are hanging around in the kitchen, finishing up breakfast and getting Cooper ready to go off to preschool this morning,...

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button 0

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button

Do you ever have a moment when you wish you could just push a happy button to reset yourself? I get into funks. I consider myself a generally optimistic person, but I can get stuck in a funk like it’s my job sometimes. When sadness or anxiety gets a grip on you, it can be hard to break away. Maybe it’s something terrible that’s happened in our lives, or simply negative vibes that have creeped in and settled when we didn’t even realize it. I think we’ve all been there. Some of us have been there for a long time....

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Harness the Power of Kindness to Multiply Happiness in Your Life

I never thought I would be a blogger. The first time it was suggested to me was three years ago. It was suggested by a sales rep for a web development company we were interviewing for a project at the company where I worked. I’m pretty sure I laughed at him and said, “Yeah, that will be down the road for us. A blog isn’t much of a priority for this company right now. We just need to focus on a new website.” To be honest, the thought of trying to manage a blog scared me a little. I didn’t have one clue how...

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Rethinking Resolutions for the New Year

It’s time to start rethinking resolutions. At Dish-y, we encourage the feel good factor. We do what we can to inspire positivity. If you haven’t already, check out our previous post and get a positivity fix before making next year’s goals. I think it’s important to start rethinking resolutions. That’s because I believe typical resolutions are more likely to set us up for disappointing failure than fulfilling success. (And failure tends to make us feel bad/worse/worst. This is the opposite of the feel good factor.) Here are three ways that I believe typical resolutions set us up for failure: Many resolutions...

Before making New Year's Resolutions 0

Do This Before Making New Year’s Resolutions

Before making New Year’s Resolutions this time around, I’d like to suggest a little exercise in reflecting on the positive side of life. I have always enjoyed making New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s occurred to me that the way most of us go about setting goals at the beginning of a new year can be more self-defeating than anything. I think the reason that many typical New Year’s Resolutions set us up for failure is that we focus so much on things that we think need to be fixed. Sometimes they are things that really do need to be fixed, but...

Course of my life 0

5 Days that totally changed the course of my life

Looking back on my life, I see quite a few distinct forks in the road that were pivotal milestones. Based on decisions I made or the circumstances that arose during those times, the course of my life was impacted more than I ever knew at that moment in time. It’s like the butterfly effect — one slight move in another direction, and things could have turned out very differently. Early in my adult life, I adopted the mantra that “everything happens the way it does for a reason.” It helped me to understand and remember that in times when I...

The door is wide open during National Small Business Week 0

May 4-8 is National Small Business Week

This week, May 4-8, is National Small Business Week. It might not be quite as relevant to the content we typically publish on Dish-y.com, but this year it’s a little special for us. That’s because Renee and I are currently in the process of officially becoming a small business. For over a year, we’ve been building Dish-y.com and learning the ins and outs of the blogging world. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we can see it growing and becoming something much bigger than this down the road. A few months back, we started discussing next...

Take Stress and Shove it 0

Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results 0

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results

Type Michelle Williams into a search engine, and the last thing you’ll find is me. Depending on your perspective, that could be a really annoying problem or an incredible relief. My friend Renee Larr would probably consider it a miraculous blessing at this point in her life. Three months ago, I published an article about my friend Renee Larr’s story. Almost two years ago, she was the innocent victim of a malicious cyber-bullying attack that left some parts of her life in ruins. → Also Read: The Silver Lining for Renee Larr Turns out that sometimes the most lush and...