I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!

I dont know what I want to be-Donna Cardillo

Regina* had decided to give up on nursing. After 25 years in the profession, she had a “been there, done that” mentality and felt bored to tears. Her experience included multiple traditional and non-traditional specialties and multiple employers from hospitals to insurance companies. “I felt that I had exhausted my options in this profession and… [Continue..]

Be yourself, live fully, and dance to your own music.

Dance to your own music-Donna Cardillo

The legendary modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham said, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other… [Continue..]

Gluten-Free for Health: Fad or Fact?

One of my local grocery stores, part of a large chain, recently redid part of their frozen food and grocery sections to accommodate all gluten-free products. So, what’s all the fuss about? Is it just another dietary craze or are there potential health benefits to be gained? Here’s what you need to know. What Is… [Continue..]

Stop apologizing all the time.

Sorry-Donna Cardillo

Many of us have a bad conversational habit of saying “I’m sorry” on a regular basis without even thinking about it. We say, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you,” or “I’m sorry, are you busy right now?” Although we say it in an effort to be polite, it sounds like we’re apologizing. I remember a… [Continue..]

Summer Injury Cheat Sheet

Summer Injury Cheat Sheet-Donna Cardillo

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and get more active. But the seasonal fun sometimes comes with a price. Don’t let common injuries keep you from making the most of sunshine. Here are quick fixes for those summertime mishaps – print this post out and keep it with you as you enjoy… [Continue..]

Soar to your highest potential.

Soar to your highest potential-Donna Cardillo

Don’t buy into other people’s negative ‘labels.’ Some people like to refer to  those who are organized and detail-oriented as “obsessive-compulsive”  or to risk-takers and ‘doers’ as “over-achievers” or women who rise  through the ranks of business and politics as “power-hungry” or  “ruthless.” Know that these ‘labels’ do not represent you but come  from the… [Continue..]

When Dining Out, Is Ignorance Bliss … or Bad For Your Health?

Dining Out-Donna Cardillo

I had lunch this week in a well-known restaurant chain where I hadn’t dined in some time. I noticed that they now list the calorie content of every item on their menu. I was shocked to learn that what would have likely been my first selection had between 1,200-1,900 calories – a full day’s worth… [Continue..]

Are you just a service provider?

Service provider-Donna Cardillo

A home care nurse recently said to me, “I didn’t realize how important it was to say a formal good-bye to my patients when they were leaving service until one of them contacted me and told me how upset she was that I didn’t.” The nurse added, “I really didn’t think we (meaning nurses) mean… [Continue..]

When you give of yourself, life has meaning.

Tree of knowledge-Donna Cardillo

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.” That’s probably why so many men from previous generations died within a year of retiring. When we no longer feel useful, we begin to wither away. This highlights why it is important to always stay engaged in life in a meaningful… [Continue..]

Meditation Not Your Thing? Debunking the Myths

Meditation Myths-Donna Cardillo

A regular meditation practice has been shown to calm the body and mind, increase mental clarity and focus, increase vitality, assist in becoming more attuned to your own inner wisdom, and allow you to tap into universal energy – all very desirable outcomes! And as if all that isn’t enough, studies have also shown that… [Continue..]