A poetic snapshot of well-being

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“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

François-René de Chateaubriand

François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was a French writer, politician, diplomat and historian. He’s considered to be the founder of Romanticism in French literature.

I love Chateaubriand’s quote, it captures the essence of well-being and four of the five pillars of PERMA the positive psychology acronym for flourishing by combining fun, flow, and fulfillment with accomplishment. Add some rewarding relationships and you will positively flourish!

The gift of an ordinary day

Patrice Koerper Life Coach Wishful Thinking Works Katrina Kenison

I was going to wait until Mother’s Day to post this touching and poignant video from the book “The Gift of an Ordinary Day” by Katrina Kenison, but I realized it’s probably best to share it on an ordinary day

It’s something every parent, especially moms will savor, enjoy, and I hope, share. Click on the link below to see and listen to one mother’s universal memories of mothering. It’s message is perfect for new moms or those with young children, and will mean so much to those whose children are grown. (Have tissues handy!)

The gift of an ordinary day

Mother & Daughter (9-12 yrs) "Flourishing Together", Sat., April 28, 1-4p.m., $65 for both of you! Click sidebar for full info.

Wishful Thinking Works & Reflect Who I Am will be celebrating motherhood in a fun new way at our Mother & Daughter (9-12 years) “Flourishing Together” event on Saturday, April 27

Being different . . .

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Don’t be afraid to stand-out in a crowd, among your friends, or in your family.


Trust yourself, and see what happens.


Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

Who you are today . . .

Words to Live by

Instead of either/or

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Who you are today, is no reflection of who you can become . . .

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Where you are today, does not determine where you can go.

Change is always possible.

We all blossom in different ways at different times.

Be patient with yourself.

And, keep moving in the direction of your dreams.

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

Reach Out Friday

Open Doors

Beginnings and balance

Go without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds

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Go without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds


I recently spent a month at a monastery in central Florida. The weather and surroundings were absolutely perfect; I enjoyed the chilly mornings and soft northern-like summer evenings. Between my volunteer chores I had time for reflection as I strolled over gently rolling, lush, spring-green lawns, leading down to a dusty blue lake and as I sat in the sun or shade, depending on the time of day and the weather. While I was daydreaming one afternoon in a lovely little garden under a huge, old oak tree, a particular thought came to me and has kept me company ever since.

I believe that thoughts which survive a return to the “real” world are worth sharing. I think this one is particularly special because it connects me to others in a more compassionate way. I didn’t visit the monastery to find compassion or to figure anything out, or even to relax or renew, it was just something I had wanted to do for years. (Wishful thinking at work!) I had no expectations, which was all part of the adventure – go, without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds. Follow your interests and see what happens. This is one of the thoughts that unfolded for me . . .

“Everyone is trying.”

Each of us in our own haphazard and sometimes confusing way is trying to be better personally or at something, or to work something out, or to make something better for someone else. We don’t always succeed, but for the most part everyone is trying.

On a good day, this thought is exciting and exhilarating – everyone is trying! It peaks my curiosity and expands my empathy. On a not-so-good day, it softens the edges of humanity and brings clarity or at least a bit of understanding or acceptance to the actions of others. Everyone is trying.

While my new-found realization might not seem particularly profound or dramatic, it delights me, and I’ve decided to keep it, to take it wherever I go, and to see what unfolds. I’m trusting that you will give me the benefit of any doubts you may have about its value, because, after all, I’m trying.

Enjoy your weekend, I hope you have a moment or two to let go, and see what unfolds.

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

The Art of Unfolding

What I learned from trees

Stories and Strengths

Words to Live By

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Create a “vacation attitude” this spring

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Anticipation and memories can make summer vacations last a lifetime.

Start planning now for a lifetime of fun!

You don’t even have to go anywhere; with a “vacation attitude” a picnic in the park with the kids or daydreaming on a  blanket under a tree in the backyard can be special.

Share the fun by including everyone in the planning stages,

really enjoy the moments as they occur,

and then savor them in the years ahead.

That’s all it takes to create a vacation attitude.


If you are ready to begin planting new seeds for personal growth this spring, join us at one of our Wishful Thinking Works events!

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Plant the seeds for a new you this spring!

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”   

Oprah Winfrey 

Explore your passion and renew your energy

@ three wonderful Wishful Thinking Works events.

Jump into a new you this spring by joining us in Cleveland, Ohio for two creative, energizing, interactive, and very affordable Wishful Thinking Works workshops or in Tampa, FL at the world-renowned Safety Harbor Spa for a relaxing, life-enhancing Wishful Thinking Works retreat in May.

The choice is yours. The fun is guaranteed!

The new you is waiting to blossom, register today!

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