Turning Straw into Gold
August 1, 2016
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
- Abraham Lincoln
As a child, I loved the Brothers Grimm story about Rumpelstiltskin. I was enthralled with the idea of spinning straw into gold. At that age, I remember feeling scared and sorry for...
A Road to Discovery
July 1, 2016
The people who care about you may not tell you your blind spots fearing to offend/hurt you. Open up and ask their feedback and get enlightened.”
- Assegid Habtewold
How common is it to not ask others what they really think and feel about us! As a rule, we are afraid to hear what people have...
Influence and Authenticity
How is that Possible?
June 1, 2016
What is authenticity anyway? To me, authenticity has to do with revealing or expressing the undefended facets of yourself. There isn't one authentic you. There are many authentic yous.
Think of yourself like a faceted diamond. When the light hits the diamond in a certain way, some facets...
Judith Bell to Receive NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal
May 13, 2016
I am thrilled, honored, and overflowing with gratitude!
I received notice that I have been awarded NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal (EPSM).
This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to non-Government individuals for sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions on NASA's...
When You Let Yourself Down
May 2, 2016
My definition of addiction may be different than you've heard. I define addiction as the use of a substance, behavior, or attitude to change your state from one of pain to pleasure but the choice has negative side effects. I see addiction as a dis-ease, not a disease.
What motivates us to...
Inclusion and Diversity Inside
April 11, 2016
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large; I contain multitudes.”
- Walt Whitman
Would that Whitman's declaration was understood and appreciated by all. We would not be suffering from so much inner strife. So often, we humans work hard to be consistent,...
April 4, 2016
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.””
“Synergy between thoughts and feelings reads the universe like an opened book.”
- Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
“Happiness is our most natural state of being; a result of our synergy with the way...
Easier Said than Done
March 28, 2016
If you read last week's blog post Love Yourself Anyway, you may have thought, “Easy for you to say. She doesn't have the same negative traits that I have.” Or you may have thought something like, “I don't deserve to forgive myself and love myself anyway.” Or...
A Hidden Jewel
March 27, 2016
Self-compassion is commonly misunderstood. While some misunderstandings have minimal effect, misconceptions about self-compassion have profound impact. Often misunderstood as an excuse to feel self-pity, a reason to stop trying, or a rationale to be selfish—a kind of de facto admission of...
Love Yourself Anyway
March 21, 2016
We are all imperfect. Love yourself anyway.
You made mistakes and you will make mistakes. Love yourself anyway.
You step on people's toes. Love yourself anyway.
You say the wrong things. Love yourself anyway.
You get reactive and triggered. Love yourself anyway.
You treat people in less than...