Author: Lori Jackson

I’m a wife, mother, educator, and self-help junkie. I have a love for learning, giggling with my grandsons and tandem biking with my husband. I believe wisdom goes beyond being smart or having basic knowledge. Our culmination of experiences helps us in our journey to become. While each of our challenges may be unique, we have the opportunity to choose how we will react, learn and grow. My journey has taught me that I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a voice to share what I’ve learned. Life can either teach us or defeat us – the choice is ours.

30 Gift Ideas Making Christmas More Meaningful

While I was doing some research, I came across an old McCalls article from December 1959. I know, how could something written more than 50 years ago possibly have anything relevant about Christmas today? As it turns out their suggestions for making Christmas more meaningful seemed to be just what I needed. Christmas not only represents the giving of gifts …

Tap into the Power of Being Grateful

We’ve come to the end of our challenge, and we’ve covered quite a bit of information. You’ve learned why acknowledging, embracing and expressing gratitude is so important. You’ve also learned a few specific ways to begin a practice of gratitude in your own life. I’d like to expand on those ideas as we end our challenge to provide you with …

How to Reinforce Your Gratitude Habit with a Journal

Once you get into the gratitude habit of contemplating what you’re grateful for each day, it’s time to consider making it a written activity. Writing down what you appreciate doesn’t take much more time than simply thinking about it each day. You don’t have to have strong writing skills to write down a couple of sentences. The physical process of …

Creating the Habit of Counting Your Blessings

One really easy way to get started practicing gratitude is to make a habit of counting your blessings both morning and night. You don’t even have to write them down, as in a gratitude journal, if that seems too overwhelming. Simply taking a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed is enough to begin cementing …

What a Difference a Little Gratitude Can Make

Gratitude broken down is simply appreciating the good things in your life. It doesn’t always seem simple, though. When things are hectic or stressful, finding the silver lining can be challenging. However, learning how to embrace and express gratitude can significantly boost your happiness. A little gratitude offers a host of other benefits you’re probably not aware of, too.  Let’s …

What is the One Thing Holding You Back

Have you ever considered what might be keeping you from accomplishing your biggest dreams and goals? What is the one thing holding you back? Here are a few clues. It’s has nothing to do with how smart or talented you are. Nothing to do with how much free time you have, how much money you, where you live, or our …

7 Things All Kids are Entitled to

Years ago I visited the historic island of Alcatraz with my sister. From 1934-1963 it was used as a maximum security Federal prison. It was fascinating to see the actual cells where some of the most ruthless and notorious criminals had lived. As each prisoner arrived at the facility, they received a copy of Alcatraz’s rules and regulations. It is …