Happy Spring! Touching Base & Gratitude Tips

Spring FlowersI bet you welcome it with the same pink purple passion as I do.

Time to do a double flip.

If you can do one for me, I’d appreciate it!

It seems like a long time since I’ve touched base with you. I am sitting here in Puerto Vallarta. It’s 85F. Lovely! I hear melodic waves crashing their arrival on our beautiful Banderas Bay shores. The pelicans are diving deep for their breakfast in all their gobbling glory. The early morning joggers jump out of the way, as the shore-lapping waves hope to win by wetting their feet.

Gratitude with a grin. That’s what I am savoring.


The last days of Vallarta sunshine. Palm tress dancing in the breeze, gorgeous flowers, and birds singing their songs just for smiling me. But WI awaits.

I know when I send this blog to you, I will be back in WI. I bet I will need to use the electric blanket at bedtime. But I look for the good. I will get to see friends, my family, clients face-to-face and our grand dog, Fido. Life with more hugs and smiles.

Funny thing, when I am in WI, I am happy. I don’t think about PV, except for my dear friend, Kelly Nelson, and we Skype often. When I am in PV, I don’t think about WI, other than missing our kids and grand kids and a few dear friends.

I do think about the crushing, bitter cold, and how happy I am we get to escape it for six months every year.

Grow where you are planted.

DE Garden Autism Event 2014

Love that phrase when I think about life. Spring is here. For me, it’s always a time for new beginnings and gratitude for what is. Hope it is for you, too.

This year I am super grateful and honored to teach MentorCoach’s premier course…

Positive Psychology Coaching ~ An Introduction

I have worked all winter gathering information and writing curriculum. Great new learning for me as well as a journey into positive reminiscing. I have used info from many classes I have taken with Drs. Chris Peterson, Todd Kashdan, Joe Ciarrochi, Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Heidi Halvorson, Caroline Miller, MAPP, and many others. I love to shine light on our you can live the “Good Life” and how to FLOURISH!

Want a few positive psychology coaching tips I have learned about gratitude this winter?

Spring symbolizes new growth. Here are daffodil, hyacinth, and tulip blossoms of wisdom to add color to your spiffy spring garden:

1. Gratitude is about focusing on other people, not just yourself.

Like love, gratitude is for sharing. It even adds years to your life. Write down who you have helped, who you sprinkled on in a act of kindness, or who you surprised with some fun or help.

2. Focus on what you already have, not on what you want or don’t have.

Forget material things. Stop to count the joys already on your radar. My beloved Mom used to say, “You don’t have to look far to find someone who has it worse off than you.”

3. Gratitude increases your willpower and patience.

Wow! That’s huge. It modifies your long-term thinking. When you focus on waiting for a reward, you become more grateful when you get it. You also stretch your willpower rubber band.

I am grateful for Spring.

It is a joy to see you all blossom and grow along with me via Positive Psychology Coaching. Thank you for adding brilliant color to my garden of gratitude.

What blossoms of gratitude spring forth for you?

Flash me an email and let me know. I love to hear from you!

Big hugs,

P.S. Hope your Mother’s Day filled you will bouquets of happy memories.