Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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What Made You Smile as a Child?

April 7, 2016

Tags: Childhood, satisfaction, joy, flow, creativity, fun

I recently attended the funeral of a long-time family friend – someone who had known me all my life. Reminiscing with their daughter at the visitation and after the funeral brought back many childhood memories and shared experiences. Those discussions also sparked the question, what made you smile – as a child? And how is that important in our lives as adults? (more…)

Everyday Creativity

March 3, 2016

Tags: creativity, found objects, self-efficacy, family, connections, joy

Creative expression is the song of your Soul. ~ Deanna Pledge

Creativity does make the Soul sing. It is absolutely one of the most joyful ways to bring satisfaction and connection into your daily life. I’m sure you have heard me suggest (perhaps more than you would like to hear ;-) that creativity is not just the realm of artists, poets, and musicians. Even though I have provided general suggestions, I wanted to share a personal example today in the hopes of making creativity far more accessible, and give you a concrete strategy to get started. (more…)

Daydreams to Reality

November 18, 2015

Tags: impossible, possibilities, change, obstacles, joy, reality, imagination

Nothing is impossible - the word itself says 'I'm possible'! ~Audrey Hepburn

Can you feel the joy from this quote? It exudes energy and uplifts the reader by thinking about the possibilities in life.

Looking at the possibilities in your life has been the focus in our last few blogs and I want to continue that trend today. Allowing yourself to think about the possibilities is akin to the daydreams of a child. (more…)

September 14, 2011

Tags: women, creativity, wellness, joy, resilience, motivation, stressors

Remember the wonder you experienced as a child?

You can still tap into that childlike joy as an adult, and such enthusiasm can change the quality of your daily life!

Life “gets in the way” for many of us as women at critical points throughout our lives. For most women that involves caring for others or putting your own dreams aside for another day, another year, or another decade! Although caring for others is a wonderful attribute, it can leave you feeling set aside. (more…)