There I sat at my kitchen table asking myself “what happened”? My life as I knew it was over. I was now a divorced Single Mom, YUCK! My years of fighting to keep my family together ended here; depressed and hopeless and trying to figure out my next step. Judging by my state of being I … [Read more...]
Renee's Daily Tools to Your Success
This column will empower you with daily tools to recognize and overcome the practical and emotional obstacles to your success while gaining the wisdom and courage to move forward.
Renee Blankenship, with over 15 years of professional and personal experience; and extensive training in working with women in crisis, founded The Life Connection, a personal growth program for single mothers who are at a turning point in their lives and are willing to take whatever steps necessary to rise above their circumstances and pursue a life of greater independence and success. She understood a mother’s lack of self esteem, life skills and emotional obstacles were what ultimately kept her in a nonproductive and destructive lifestyle.
Choices, choices, so many choices in life: What will I wear, what will I eat, how will I spend my time today? Some choices in life are absolute and some are random, some are conscious and some are unconscious, but we all have the power to choose — free will you might call it. But do we ever stop and … [Read more...]
Detachment is one of the most difficult but rewarding tools in personal growth. My old way of detaching was to physically separate myself from someone with a resentment, which usually caused bitterness and unforgiveness. I never let the other person know this, because I was always the nice one who … [Read more...]
Thankfulness, appreciation, gratefulness, praise; Encarta Dictionary: a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something A feeling... Let me think about that; most of the time I am not feeling grateful. I tend to look at the negative or should I say challenges, disappointments, and … [Read more...]
As I drove down the road gazing at the beauty of the newness of spring, I realized I was feeling some old familiar emotions. It was Prom night and my daughter made it a primary goal to attend the Prom every year of high school. I recognized feelings of joy as I watched the excitement on the faces … [Read more...]
Did you ever have a conflict in a relationship that consumed your thinking? Someone who was taking advantage or doing something that affected you in a negative way. Then, when you finally get the courage to confront them and stand up for yourself; afterwards you felt worse by second guessing what … [Read more...]
Have you ever given labels much thought? In this context of labels I am talking about labeling people. Society seems to have a type of pecking order. If you’re successfulin title or income, you’re at the top of the pecking order — admired, well-liked, and people look up to you. But if you’re poor, … [Read more...]
Waiting is my least favorite concept in life. Sometimes waiting feels like torture; because while I’m waiting I have to trust that waiting is what I am supposed to be doing. It just feels like a waste of time - why do I have to wait? The greatest learning experience came from a waiting time … [Read more...]
Organization is one of the greatest tools to success. To validate my point let me give you two examples from systems we rely on daily. If your child’s school has no daily schedule or lesson plans to follow, what would that school look like? Would the environment be calm and conducive to learning? Or … [Read more...]
As a parent I have primarily focused most of my time and resources on raising my daughter. I made a conscious decision to do that on the day she was born. Taking my job as a mother very seriously, I was mindful that she would grow up fast. I've always worked jobs where I could make money but … [Read more...]