Experiences, Peter&Beth

Going Back to Toastmasters

This week I was invited to help my old Toastmaster’s club celebrate their 60th anniversary. I joined Toastmasters 15 years ago. When I joined, I was a manager at a consulting company and just recently diagnosed with depression. I was in a world of hurt and thought Toastmasters could help me. I remember walking into my first meeting. I was…

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Experiences, Peter&Beth

Why You Need Creativity to Live a Happy Life

What is creativity? According to, the definition is: The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination. That’s pretty broad and pretty cool. The ability to go beyond. To create. To imagine. Creativity fuels our society and our soul. When we are…

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Experiences, Peter&Beth, Workshop

Your Feelings Are Your Navigation System

We all have feelings. Feelings are one of the most wonderful and most difficult aspects of living. We get to experience the highs of joy, happiness, and abundance, along with the lows of sorrow, frustration, and sadness. Plus there are many other feelings like anger, excitement, fear, surprise, eagerness, and confusion that populate our lives. All these feelings are helpful…

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Breathe with Appreciation
Experiences, Peter&Beth, Tool

Breathing with Appreciation

“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” ― Oprah Winfrey I’ve taken up yoga again. It’s been a few years – actually since before my bicycle accident when I broke my collarbone and elbow. I now remember why I enjoy yoga. It is good for strength, balance, and flexibility. And I feel good doing it.…

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Rose Colored Glasses

What Beautiful Flowers

“Look how beautifully those purple flowers are,” she said. I looked and only saw blue flowers. I thought, they are beautiful, but they are blue, not purple. As I prepared to prove the fallacy of her purple and the rightness of my blue, I felt the tiniest bit of tightness in my soul. The muscles in my neck and shoulders…

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DMV Going with the Flow
Experiences, Peter&Beth

What not to do at the DMV

The other day, I had to visit the California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to update my driver’s license. Even though I set an appointment months ago, I was concerned I’d have to wait for hours. The DMV has been in the news quite a bit lately. The paper has run a number of features and editorials about the radically…

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