How African Violets Can Change Your Life

Mark ReaganHappiness, Personal Development4 Comments

Milton Erickson and the African Violet Lady In the early 1900s a little boy walked through a field of deep snow on his way to school. Others had walked through the field before him, and he was following in their tracks. He paused, looked at the tracks, and asked, “Why?” Why was he following the tracks? Was it just because it was easier? Or was it something else? He had an idea. The next time it snowed, he headed out before anyone else so the snow was still fresh. Instead of going straight through the snow he zig-zagged. Would the … Read More

7 Unintentional Ways You’re Stressing Yourself Out

Mark ReaganPersonal Development, Stress Management6 Comments

7 Unintentional Ways You're Stressing Yourself OUt

I’m behind the counter, sorting through some of my CDs from the backroom. “Where’d you put it?” It’s my first job at retail, and I can’t find what I’m looking for. My coworker Richard’s played a couple of pranks on me before, taking things and hiding them. “What?” Richard said. “Where’d you put it?” “What are you talking about?” “I knew you took it. Where did you put it?” He face turned tomato red and he laughed. I thought it meant he was lying. I got more angry at him, more flustered… and then found the CD had fallen behind some … Read More

How Wanting to Be a Rockstar at Everything Can Change Your Life (Part 2)

Mark ReaganPersonal Development0 Comments

Woman on hill in black dress overlooking city

This is Part 2 of  “How Wanting to Be a Rockstar at Everything is Ruining Your Life.” If you haven’t read Part 1, check it out. How Wanting to Be a Rockstar Can Change Your life   At the end of Part 1, I asked you to come up with two or three famous people you admire and why. It’s impossible for all of us to be famous, but there’s always people who inspire us, who we look up to.   Maybe it’s someone who’s known around the entire world, or maybe it’s a parent, relative, or partner. It could … Read More

6 Surprising Lessons I Learned From Eating Cake For Breakfast

Mark ReaganPersonal Development5 Comments

Red velvet cupcake

Admit it.  You’ve been tempted before.   And it was just there, sitting on the counter.    How could I say no?   I’ve never had cake for breakfast before and thought YOLO. So I made a life experiment from it and went all in. As I’m sure you can imagine, I learned a lot of things from this that I can now pass on to you.   First off, I didn’t eat just cake for breakfast – after all, I’m not twelve. Here’s what I ate as part of a balanced breakfast:   Dramatic reenactment.   There’s a lot of … Read More

How to Break a Bad Habit? Easy, cheat.

Mark ReaganPersonal Development2 Comments

Bridge over hills

Change… can be hard. There, I said it. There are times when it can actually be pretty easy, but often it’s not. When we want to change a behavior, a self-limiting belief, or even learn a new skill, it can be daunting. When we want to make a change in our lives, we often see everything we don’t like. We see that we’re going to have to change our schedule, change our diet, cut back on activities (or stop giving into temptations) that we enjoy, stop seeing certain people, start using different, more empowering language, take actions that may feel … Read More