This may be one of my new favorite words! self-regard- (noun) the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect. A sense of one's own dignity or worth Why is it that so many times we sacrifice our own dreams, integrity, and beliefs either out of fear of the consequences or because we unconsciously question our personal worth? I have been very conscious of this theme lately, as it has come up time after time with people I have talked with. Most of the time they are not able to see the pattern and if they do, are choosing to deny themselves rather than face the process of standing strong. Is this a cultural thing? A woman's thing? A learned behavior? I don't know, but what I do know is t

How is your perspective influencing your reality?

perspective noun per·spec·tive \ pər-ˈspek-tiv \ a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view How interesting that two people can experience the same event or interaction with a person yet come away with a completely different perception of that encounter. Why is that and how much does that influence our daily lives? Perception is just a filter that we lay over reality to shape the experience so it fits into our world. Does that make it less real? Not necessarily, but it may not be very helpful or empowering. What if we read the situation incorrectly? Think of how that may send off a ripple effect of negativity, assumptions, ideas, decisions... all b