The Best Self-Improvement Posts of 2017 (According to You)

Self-improvement can mean a lot of things. The best things are those that last beyond the New Year and for the rest of your life. My passion is to write about those things.

Maybe you’ve heard that philosophical brain teaser: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Good luck with that one.

The writer’s version is this: “If I write a post and no one reads it, was it worth writing?”

My answer is, “Probably not!” That’s why I am so thankful for you, and that you take the time to read my musings every Monday.

As we close out 2017 together here is a collection of my 7 most popular posts. It’s like cold pizza. I love cold pizza! Maybe more like twice-baked potatoes or red flannel hash… or maybe I should stop searching for an analogy.

The truth is, maybe you missed them the first time around or won’t mind reading them a second. In any case, enjoy! And if you do, share it with a friend.


We call them “dark times,” those seasons of life that are marked by fear, sorrow or dread. Most of us would prefer to hunker down and wait them out or, better, to avoid them altogether. But what if those times taught us lessons we couldn’t learn any other way? Here’s a different take on the dark times of life…

Valentine’s Day is coming up, but here is a ramble that’s good all year ‘round. There is a difference between love and romance. Every marriage and every friendship needs to know the difference between the two…

We’ve all been there and wonder if we should get out. The relationship that bends us to the breaking point and leaves us exhausted. If you value relationships, you are reluctant to end them, but it may be the best thing for both of you. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to get out…

Henry David Thoreau observed, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Are you one of them? Do you wander through life checking the boxes and doing the bare minimum, just “getting by?” As you face a new year, you may be wanting more than mediocrity. This will give you a jump start…

I’ve sat with many a dying person and with those who have lost loved ones or suffered major tragedy or trauma. It’s not easy to know what to say and what not to say. If there is someone in your life who is nursing a broken heart, you may be just the one to help. Here are some tips to help you

I know, I know, they say, “No pain, no gain.” That may be a good mantra for extreme workouts, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to life. The twists and turns of each day lead to months and years. At some point, you may decide it’s time to be intentional and improve your life (good for you!). Here’s how to see the gain without the pain…

It’s the simplest thing. It’s like flipping a switch that gives light or darkness.  It makes the world go around. It’s a compliment. You’ll be amazed at what it can do, and you’ll be surprised who taught me this lesson…


I hope you enjoy this rewind, and as you look toward another year, I wish you all the very best.

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