Celebrate! (And have a good time!)

How many milestones in your life do you celebrate? Many people mark only birthdays and anniversaries. It’s actually important that you celebrate everyday of your life. The celebration is really about being grateful for someone or some thing. Last Friday, The Ivey celebrated its FIRST graduating class of our new Fridays-At-The Ivey Brain Health Workshops! … Read more


Something happened last Friday to remind me that I don’t often hear the word ‘joy’, at least not as often as I hear the word ‘happy’. At the end of The Ivey’s 7th brain health workshop, one of the participants used both of the words, exclaiming to staff member Flora and me “This is such … Read more

Building Connections Through Vulnerability

I think Brene Brown invented the word vulnerability. She even has her own definition: I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. With that definition in mind, let’s think about love. Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay … Read more

If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change

Who is with me on this fall season as a favorite time of year? Change is not always easy but is actually quite good for us! Let’s think for a minute, what are the changes at this time of year and why should we welcome change? In the fall, October 2007, The Ivey moved into its … Read more

Choose Self-Care

What exactly is self-care? Is it being selfish, thinking of only yourself?  Hmmm, maybe.  So, I decided to look into this notion. There were many articles online.  Many have written and blogged about it.  Here’s one that I particularly liked: “Actually, self-care is done with the intention of caring for yourself, not with the intention … Read more

On Being a Nutritarian

There is a new word in my vocabulary and it is NUTRITARIAN! This past Friday at our Brain Health workshop, our keynote speaker was Cheryl Hoover. She is a lifelong Charlottean, Registered Pharmacist, certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, and owner of Pharmacy In Your Kitchen. WOW! The eye-openers were amazing! For example: She does not advocate … Read more

Go To Sleep!

A few days ago, I posted a picture from Week 2 of our Brain Health Workshop which was all about SLEEP!  Based on the comments I received, it seems like many of us really need to learn new ways to sleep BETTER.  Yes, sleep BETTER!  Turns out, it’s not about sleeping LONGER but sleeping BETTER! … Read more

What is Your Motivation?

My first WOW!  Week 1 of the Brain Health Workshop moved me to tears!  Our Brain Health program finally coming to life is a journey that has been 4 years in development! Not only has it come to life, but it’s thriving!  Attendance at our FREE Information Sessions earlier this month exceeded our goal and registrations for the … Read more

10-days away! Brain Health Solutions/Fridays-At-The Ivey

Brain Health Solutions/Fridays-At-The Ivey is just 10 days away!  We have had such a great response from the ‘worried-well’ community that only a few open seats remain to learn more at the FREE Info Sessions at The Ivey on September 10 and 17!  Choose from four 2-hour sessions which include lunch and a great Keynote Speaker, Dr. … Read more