In Autumn, Begin, Dare to Dream!

Dare to Dream – It’s the Season The nights are beginning to cool and the kids are off to school… The leaves are falling and the geese are calling…   AUTUMN, A SEASON TO BEGIN – DARE TO DREAM! Seriously, geese fly 20 feet above my house as they flap their way towards the Willamette…

How to Balance Work and Fun – Can We?

How to Balance Work and Fun – Can We? When Work and Fun Collide “Team up with a friend to accomplish a challenging task. Your weakness may be her strength, and vice-versa. Suddenly it’s done!” – Judy Dippel It’s summer, so we have to face facts. The warm, summer sun shining through the window is…

Mothers and Graduation – Sunny or Blue?

Feeling sunny and joyful, or blue and sad as June approaches and you think of graduation? Congratulations to all of you who have children or grandchildren graduating from high school or college this year. It’s an incredible milestone and cause for memorable celebrations with family and friends. However, I empathize with the moms who are…

Springtime Peace in Home and Heart

Thankfully springtime is here! After a drab gray winter in the northwest, spring is a season that we all welcome. It revives the beauty of life and nature as colorful flowers begin to surface. In Oregon, where I live, the pink and white buds of soft, fuzzy looking trees lift my spirit. With Easter soon…

Speaking Tips to Make You a Professional

Judy Dippel’s Speaking Tips Judy Dippel’s Checklist of Advice for Speaking Growth and Preparation Just begin speaking to groups: · Speak whenever possible, about what you know and are passionate about · Seek training you can trust – learn speaking techniques, but always be true to you · Practice balanced messages – Points, Instruction, Experience,…

Writing Ethics 101

Writing Ethics Matter – JLD Writes A middle school student wrote me for information for an argumentative research paper on “ethics.” She asked about my ethics as a commercial freelance writer. I wrote back and decided to post it. Treat every client with respect. Meet their business needs: A person who needs a small job…

Too Busy? Habits to Help You Enjoy Today

Too Busy?  Making these a habit will help bring greater satisfaction to your day! Start by noticing the changing colors around you in a this new season!   • Focus on the present and pay attention to your surroundings. Tune in to what you are doing this very minute. Use your senses: look, listen, smell,…