Mom Lesson #3: Use What You Love to Help Other People

Through her art, Mom helped me understand that our greatest achievement in life comes from using our passion to connect with people in a way that makes them feel loved and valued. It’s the idea that, in creating and sharing what we love, we are growing and making a...

A Cardboard Box Is Not Big Enough To Hold Your Purpose!

Consider these words from Patanjali: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great...

Mom Lesson #2: Focus More On Your Passion Than Your Pain

Every time I see this picture, I feel incredibly blessed. Because it’s a poignant reminder of just how passionate Mom was about her art, and about using her art to connect with other people. It’s also reminds me of how determined she was not to allow the intense pain...

Mom Lesson #1: It’s Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself

I was 46 when I called Mom to tell her I wanted to pursue my purpose in life. At the time, I had a beautiful townhouse in Baltimore and a well-paying job that required me to work, on average, no more than twenty hours a week. More importantly, I spent a lot of my free...

When All You Have is Belief

In his wonderful book of meditations entitled, “The Book of Awakening,” Mark Nepo quotes poet Kurtis Lamkin: “Believing is all a child does for a living” I’ve been thinking about that quote for the past couple of days as I move my life in a new direction. And it...