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Dr. Michael Gervais

Optimism vs. Joy

What’s the difference between optimism and joy? That was a question I was asked on the fantastic podcast Finding Mastery hosted by Dr. Michael Gervais, a performance psychologist who has worked with everyone from Olympians to Fortune 100 CEOs. So… what is the difference between optimism and joy? I believe Optimism is a choice ~ and Joy is a byproduct of that choice. Basically, I …

Miss Val Reads

“Finish First” by Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is best known as an Olympic gold medal figure skater. However his grit, drive, tenacity and faith have kept him in the game of life through severe illness as a child, three bouts of cancer, a reoccurring brain tumor and all of the other pitfalls that life offers. I met Scott last fall when we were working together on a CBS television special …

Pack and Burn

What to Pack When the World Burns

Less than a week ago the hills around my home were on fire. On Wednesday we were told to prepare to evacuate. With ALL that is going on in our world, and most recently with the Southern California fires, I keep hearing the Hamilton song “A World turned Upside Down”—yes, I continue to be obsessed. I’ve never before experienced having a fire so close to …

Life's Junk

Get Rid of the Junk

Since I got breast cancer my life has exploded into magnificent LIVING COLOR. Two things happened to jet propel me into a new stratosphere of fun and exciting living. 1. “Be Anxious for Nothing and Grateful for all things.” When I figured out the simple yet auspicious equation of how to not be anxious—by being grateful—it not only took most (if not all) of the …

58-Day Challenge: Complete!

58-Day Challenge: Complete!

YAY! I did it! My 58 Day Challenge has come to a close. As a reminder, I started my journey following in the footsteps of fellow coach and dear friend Randy Lane and his 50-mile run for his 50th birthday. Inspired by Randy, I challenged myself to do some sort of exercise each of the 58 days leading up to my 58th birthday. It has …