A Fun Journal Writing Exercise


Anytime you want to get excited about your life, do this journal writing exercise…

List ten things you are excited about. That is it!

Are you ready?

1, 2,3…  #Go!



If this were me, here is what I would write right now!

Ten things I am excited about!

  1. My Courageously Go! Podcast
  2. My two kittens Sammy and Winston
  3. Date night that we have with my parents tomorrow night
  4. My daughter is working and seems happy
  5. Planning our next adventure: a trip to Italy for next year!
  6. Getting clear on my purpose and the good work I am here to do 🙂
  7. Seeing my clients succeed (when they thought they couldn’t).
  8.  The longer daylight we are now enjoying in the evening (my favorite writing time)!

Your turn. Enjoy!






Increase Your Energy For a More Courageous Life #Go!



Energy is so important. Without it, we can’t do all that we want to do with our lives. Whether it is work or play, we need good energy to perform activities.

I have been reading and re-reading the wonderful business book by Evan Carmichael, Your One Word.

The premise is that we can take one word and have that be the foundation of our business and life. After giving it much consideration, I have decided that my one word is #Go!

What I believe about #Go!

  1. We need never feel stuck in our lives. We can always change it up. #Go!
  2. We are not meant to be so sedentary. It is important to move and be as active as we can be. #Go!
  3. Life is meant to be an adventure. There is no better classroom than travel. Explore new places. See the world!  #Go!

Moving forward, the content you find here at Courageously Go! is going to support these three guiding principles which make up my belief about #Go!

    This is me at St. Pete Beach, FL


So back to good energy (#Go!™ principle number two). What can we do to ensure that we have good energy?

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Get a good night sleep
  2. Get plenty of exercise during the day
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Eat a healthy diet
  5. Plan adventures that get you excited
  6. Do work that gets you excited
  7. Decide right now that you have an awesome life. Keep a gratitude list in your journal to remind yourself of all of your blessings.

Wishing you great energy and an awesome life.





Self Care Takes Courage

We are busy. Yes, that is true. It is easy to get into the busy-ness of our lives with all of our responsibilities and then after awhile we realize we are forgetting the most important thing: taking care of ourselves!


Please tune in to my latest podcast as I speak with my wonderful friends and guests Eva, Melissa, and Kim about the importance of self care and what they are doing to nudge/help us along….

Thank you ladies. Keep up the good work you are doing!


My Heart Breaks When…

My heart breaks when:

We are focused on politics rather than quality of life.

When people feel like they are stuck and have no way to change their life circumstances,

When teachers are not supported,

When women are exploited,

When children grow up feeling entitled and somehow missed the self-responsibility part….

My heart breaks that we are divided and not united,

That we somehow are getting used to violence in our community’s schools…

I don’t respect lip service when there is no integrity

and anybody who does not read or think for themselves I want to spend some time with them

and show them another way…

I think now more than any other time in world history it is time for us to have the courage to

step it up and speak out and defend:

Our planet’s right to be healthy

Our children’s right to grow up without the burden of debt

The importance of valuing every worker no matter their education level, gender, or age…

It’s time we speak up and share what we really think and feel.

If there is ever a time to look within and know what we are really about (and then communicate that with the world) it is now.

Share your heart…

Our hearts (all of our hearts) need to speak and listen.

With every beat of our heart is a reminder that we are alive and we have power.

Never be afraid to shine. The world needs your light.




Do You Have a Drink the Wine List?

Do you have a drink the wine list?

The idea came when my brother-in-law Charles very unexpectedly and out of the blue passed last year. When my husband went to clear out his condo he found much clutter, unopened boxes from Amazon, and bottles (many) of great vintage wines from California. Charles used to travel to California on business and he would bring home these wines. The point is: he never opened and drank any of them.

My husband and I vowed from that time on that we would: Drink the Wine! A few months later when it was our anniversary , we created not a bucket list but instead our “drink the wine” list. We committed to doing what we love and to treat each day as if it were Friday.

I am looking at this list we created back in March of 2016 on our wedding anniversary in Virginia wine country a few months after Charles’ passing.

There are many things that we both wrote on this list that we have done now.

Bought a beautiful new home? Check
Traveled to Europe? Check (We just got home from France last month)
My husband doubled his income? Check
I became a published author? Check

My book at our local Hallmark Store (Betsy’s Hallmark in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Such a thrill!

I could keep going. It is pretty amazing when we set our intentions and put it out there what we want in our lives, the life we want does manifest. It is also not just the big things like a new home or a trip to France…

The “little” things we put on our list include: enjoying a loving marriage, drinking good coffee, beer, and wine (of course), enjoying the company of wonderful friends, and treating each day as if it is Friday. Sometimes I think it is really these little things that are the big things.

I invite you to come up with your own drink the wine list (whether you drink wine or not). Check off items when they manifest and add to it as you like (I find our anniversary, New Year’s, and my birthday are great times to take a look and tweak it).

Life is precious and each day is a gift. Let us enjoy. Now #Go!



P.S. God bless you, Charles. We love you and you remain in our hearts.

My husband John and his brother Charles in Atlanta, Georgia – September 2013 (a couple of years before Charles passed).