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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Summer Camps

Great resource for anyone looking for Kid's Summer activities! Please feel free to add any other camps or activities that aren't included.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Algorithm to Failure

My first interview sharing how teaching kids to “fail better” builds resilience & confidence!!! 
Thanks Zac Litwack for helping me “fail forward” towards an exponential future!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The World is Getting Better!

The world is getting better!!!
I love sharing this information. For a long time, I was under the delusion that "the world was getting worse." This just isn't true, and the data supports it.
The majority of people don't realize that the world is getting significantly better.
Why? Because evolution has "programmed" our brains to look for the negative. The news media and advertisers benefit from exploiting this knowledge. When our survival was being threatened daily, our focus being drawn towards threats was a very useful "program." Fortunately this baseline "program" is no longer as useful & we have the ability to reprogram our brains!
Updating your baseline "programing" is a little different than updating your smart phones...and here are the steps:
1st step- know the world is truly getting better.
2nd step- notice how your brain is drawn to negativity and choose to make small steps to actively shift your attention.
3rd step- do what you love while adding value to the world. "Fail forward" to get a little better each day at both.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hang in There!

As a pediatrician, I strive to improve children's long term health outcomes. As a mother, I try to prepare our children for life's challenges. Unfortunately, neither goal is always compatible with their short term happiness.
As parents, we are continuously making difficult choices that can leave us questioning ourselves. Keep taking deep breaths and remind yourself that PARENTING IS A PROCESS... hang in there!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Break Things

My interest in entrepreneurs started at a young age as I observed my father grow his company and continues today as I enjoy studying the leaders shaping our world.
I've leaned that the people who are changing our world use a similar process to tackle problems. It is a different system than the linear process being taught to our children.
Taking the risk to "break things" is the first step, the second is (without blame) to focus on 'why'?
How can we teach our children the Silicon Valley way?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time is Non-Refundable

I previously felt like I was running a race without knowing the location of the finish line. Taking the time to asses what I genuinely want has been key on my journey towards an intentional life. Stephen Mullins & I taped our life goals to our bedroom wall. With each decision we are able to reassess and realign.
What techniques do you and your family find helpful to use your time with intention?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Teaching Kids How to Apologize

Irritation flows through me when I hear a child giving their parent a backhanded apology...especially when that parent is me! 😡
Although it can be hard to accept, children reflect many of our behaviors back at us. So when I heard my kids giving snide apologies, I knew it was time to reassess my technique.
This is a great article for anyone hoping to teach their children the value of a genuine apology. I'd love to hear your techniques.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Look to the Stars

Could teaching our children to "look to the stars" alleviate anxiety?
Attempting to grasp the enormity of the universe, helps me to keep myself and my challenges in perspective. When I was 18 years old, my mother gave me the book "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff." The antidotes have been so useful that the same well worn copy is in the top drawer of my bedside table.
Consider watching a documentary on the universe or star gazing with your children as a tool combat the ego-centricity that can lead to depression and anxiety.
When problems begin to feel overwhelming, remembering that
"it's all small stuff"
... we are just a speck in the universe...
helps me to re-focus on the little I can can control:

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Relax and Recharge Event

Wonderful Saturday afternoon at The Women's Health Center 'Relax and Recharge event'. Messages, meditation, manicures, yoga & learning!!! Thank you for the opportunity to present how to Own Your Focus! So grateful for all the positive feedback and new friends!
Excellent event, Katie Quinonez!!! I am officially a fan of Aila Accad... thank you for your inspirational and enlightening presentation & books. "You are the gift you came to share with the world."

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Teaching Children to do the "Hard Things"

Growing up, my mother would start every Saturday morning with a few hours of chores. As a kid it felt brutal. One friend recalls her mother telling me, "I like your home; it is so big and beautiful." I answered, "You might not think so if you had to clean it."
Chores like cleaning the kitchen & grocery shopping are easier for me without kids. But once I became a mother of 3 in our blended family, "doing it myself" was no longer an option. Cleaning the kitchen with all three of them feels like I'm continuously putting out small fires. Fortunately there seems to be a few less "fires" each time. What techniques do you use to teach your children how to do the "hard things"?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Can We Make Education as Addictive as Gaming?

What if education was as addictive as gaming🎮🕹️🎮???
We are so fortunate to be alive during this technological explosion! In this 2 minute video, Peter Diamandis explores an educational system similar to a video game...'leveling up' by gaining points through persistence and mastery.
I believe we have the ability to use technology to enable children to realize that learning isn't dependent on being "smart". Learning is a game... and when played with persistence anyone can WIN!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking's Big Bang on Life

I love the Big Bang Theory for many reasons including piquing my interest in Stephen Hawking. His life and legacy are remarkable! He continued to add value to the world 54 years after being diagnosed with a terminal illness at 21 years old. He embodied the perseverance and persistence that is within each of us.
I've told myself "I can't" so many times falsely believing that my limits are defined by my physical form instead of my mind. How do you remind yourself and your children of this truth?
(Photo credit: Big Bang Theory Instagram)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Limitless Potential

"Want to build a better world, build a better you."
-Janine Shepherd
This extreme athlete's experiences taught her that we falsely believe our potential is based on the ability of our limited body instead of our unlimited mind.
After watching this video, I asked her how to help children better understand this concept. Her suggestion was "mindfulness meditation."
Thank you Janine Shepherd for your generosity of time & the reminder of our limitless potential💛!!!