Jenny Zenner

Goals Just Got Easier

Tis the season for goals. So why not set them in a way that you’re more likely to accomplish them? I’m not talking about lowering your standards. I am talking about getting real with the ways we get in our own way. Gabriele Oettingen’s Rethinking Positive Thinking details her research on increasing the likelihood of […]

Find Your Friendly

Find Your Friendly

“Unfriendly” substitutes for the full range of sad and angry emotions possible. Boorstein simplifies her mental check-in with curiosity when she notices herself shifting away from friendliness. Sometimes our instincts are accurate, and we are threatened. Other times, no threat exists. I find myself feeling unfriendly after repeated requests to finish a meal, get dressed, […]

What is your wish?

What is your wish? What is your wish?

What is your wish? What is the outcome if your wish comes true? What obstacles within your control could keep your wish from coming true? What is your plan to clear those obstacles? Sit (or walk) with these questions. Honestly ask and answer. Commit to clearing your obstacles. May your wishes come true. * WOOP […]

Totality

Totality

At no point did I fully get on board for the trek, and yet there I was in a remote section of national forest in southeast Oregon along with my seventy-plus-year-old in-laws, three seven-year-olds, a couple of tweener nephews, and a bachelor buddy of my husband’s. Our campsite passed for an REI showroom with our […]

Grace Note

Grace Note

In music, a grace note is extra, not part of the main melody, an add on. As I work on composing myself to add more grace, I’ve begun collecting moments when others have done a bit extra for me, when they have extended grace above and beyond. I intend to share these “grace notes” with […]

Obstacle Ahead, Keep Going Anyway

Obstacle Ahead, Keep Going Anyway Keep Going Anyway

This is not a stop sign. This is a warning sign. You keep going and use caution. Accomplishing our dreams means overcoming obstacles. Let your realist kick in to complement your optimist. Imagine the obstacles you are facing and start coming up with strategies to get over those obstacles. Stuck? Find someone who has faced […]