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Circles of Sunshine – Mary Lanning, 08-15-2022
A study I came across recently said it takes the brain FIVE positive thoughts to replace the effects of ONE negative thought. FIVE TO ONE. Let that simmer. ...
Brown Paper Book Covers – Karen Michaelson, 08-01-2022
One of my favorite things about being an OWA member is OWA Reads. I love to read, but in the past, reading was not a priority for me. I think I felt ...
With Compliments – Stephanie Lucas, 05-01-2022
During this year's OWA Champagne Breakfast, I was struck by the "psychology of happiness" data point shared by speaker and Positive Psychology Practitioner ...
Planting Seeds – Karen Michaelson, 12-15-2021
Fall in Minnesota for me is full of walks down roads that change before my eyes. One day as I was out walking, I came upon a beautiful, large dandelion ...
OWA Strong — We Are All in This Together! – Sandra Mohr, 05-15-2021
OWA's April podcast guest was Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council and member of the OWA Board of Directors. Ashley was excited to share details about ...
Believe in Your Ideas and Others Will, Too! – Robyn Crimmins, OWA President, 02-15-2021
Having a great idea is one thing. Selling it to those who can support you in making that idea a reality can be more challenging and take some doing. ...
The Gift of a "Thank You" – Carol Wilbur, 11-15-2020
Almost from the time we learned to write, my mother made sure all of us kids acknowledged our birthday and Christmas presents with a handwritten "thank ...
I Need Everyone's Attention! – Rachel Meyer, 10-15-2020
The teacher asked my pre-kindergarten 4-year-old daughter to warn her friends about a wasp near the playground. She determined the best approach was ...
Reading is My Passion – Deborah Myres, 06-15-2020
I can remember when I first learned to read: the fourth week of first grade. After a few weeks of Dick and Jane with Spot, I was well on my way to pursuing ...
From Hot to Not! – Ginamarie Wells, 04-01-2020
I read a blog post recently entitled, "Words Matter." The author was writing an apology for words he'd used previously. In this "apology" post, the author ...
The Year of Optical 2020! – Robyn Crimmins, OWA President, 01-21-2020
I have always loved this time of year. It's a unique moment in our calendars when we embrace the unknown and all that is to come in the new year. It's ...
Coach Turned Player – Karen Michaelson, ABOC, 10-15-2019
It seems I picked the perfect year to start my eye care career — I will celebrate my 40th anniversary in 2020. My first paying optical position ...
A Stroke of Good Luck – Catherine Hickling, 07-01-2019
I spent Memorial Day 2009 in the hospital partially paralyzed and with garbled speech as the doctors worked to reverse the effects of the stroke that ...
Cherish Every Moment – Katherine Cruz, 05-01-2019
When I volunteered to write a One Minute Mentor, several topics came to mind — "Managing Your Manager", "Social Media", and "Live Your Best Life" ...
Friends Forever – Debbie Myres, 05-02-2018
Friends forever seems like a bold statement, but I have had the pleasure of witnessing this happen. In kindergarten, a group of girls met and became ...
Creating Our Life Story – Michelle Krecz-Gondor, 03-15-2018
I remember the past. Always looking at the mountaintops in the distance and wanting to be there; yearning for a new vantage point and forsaking the mountain ...
Best Day Ever – Debbie Myres, 11-15-2017
Are you always planning for tomorrow and beyond? I love being with my grandkids, and no matter what we are doing, my grandson always says, "This is ...
OWAsohard – Rachel Meyer, 10-02-2017
In my life' s journey, there are magnificent days where I feel that I have a cape and tiara; hitting every goal and high-fiving myself all day long. ...
Summertime, Summertime! – Rachel Meyer, Ed.D., 08-15-2017
If you are like me, you enjoy summer in all its glory — be it humid or dry, hot or smoldering (sorry western states!). Students of all ages enjoy ...
Take a Bow — For You – Melissa Veeser, 06-15-2017
I believe most people have a deep, inherent desire to help and assist others in their journey of growth and self-empowerment. Heart calls us. This ...
Reversing the Formula for Success – Christie Walker, 12-01-2015
There is a line of thinking that says: If you work harder, you'll be more successful. And if you are more successful, you'll be happier. We are fed ...
There's No "I" in TEAM – Lauren Bell-Thomson, 08-31-2015
Let's face it; getting a project done on time with a team behind you is much better than going it alone. "You are only as strong as your weakest link" ...
The Gift of a Compliment – Karen A. Michaelson, ABOC, 07-15-2015
Just like our cars, we set our cruise control daily and simply motor on. We go about our usual routine to ensure our days go as seamlessly as possible. ...
Effective Mentoring – Susan Ohneck, 06-15-2015
When I was asked to write an article for the Mentoring committee, I approached the task as I usually approach a new task, which is to gather information, ...
Think Positively – Cerella Rainey, O.D., 06-01-2015
Former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose". When change comes ...
Accentuating the Positive – Amy Spiezio, 05-18-2015
Everyone has rough days, times when you are disappointed in your performance or feeling like you're not meeting your personal or professional goals. ...
Gratitude – Christie Walker, 12-02-2014
As we are wrapping up another year, many times the focus has already shifted to what's ahead, setting goals and resolutions for the next year. I know ...
Life Lessons from Skippy – Linda Fitzgerald, 09-02-2014
Our family had a picture perfect life. We had a beautiful home, my husband and I had a great marriage, two children, a dog and a cat. Without my knowledge, ...
My Wish to You This Spring – Jodi Groh, 04-15-2014
Spring. It always brings thoughts of life, of newness, of growth. And after the winter many of us have endured this year, we're looking forward to a ...
Wisdom For The Ages – Ann E. Englert, 04-04-2014
Recently I attended a dear friend's celebration of 95 years! Yes! This woman dazzles us with her brilliant mind, enjoys a colorful life and loves to ...
Being Grateful – Sue Creek, 02-19-2014
Be grateful. It is simple to do, but often forgotten.
Being grateful can change your day in an instant. Dealing with a cranky patient or customer? ...
WWCD – Karen A. Michaelson, ABOC, 07-18-2013
I get asked all the time "Are you always this happy and positive?" The answer is yes but it hasn't always been that way.
Trust me, after being ...
You Are Worthy and Valuable! – Linda Fitzgerald, 07-01-2013
One of my dearest friends lives hundreds of miles away from me, and with the craziness life brings, we do not have the opportunity to speak nearly as ...
My Tin Box – Rebecca Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE, 02-04-2013
A few days before January 1, I read an article that suggested keeping notes throughout the year to remind you of special moments and thoughts. Then, ...
Change Your Thinking – Contributed By: Maggie Sayers, M. Sayers Coaching, 08-01-2012
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid ...
How to Stay Motivated at Work – Rebecca L. Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE, 04-12-2012
Didn't get a raise this year due to the economy? Is your office understaffed, making you overworked? Tired of the same ol' same ol'? Here is a surefire ...
Pearls and Shells – Rebecca Johnson, COT, CPOT, COE, 04-05-2011
When an alien substance irritates its shell, the natural reaction of the oyster is to protect itself by covering up the invading splinter with layers ...
I Hope You Dance – Rebecca L. Johnson, COT, COPT, COA, 10-04-2010
I could hear the sounds of a jazz band coming from the overhead speakers as I walked around the corner to enter the breakfast room at Das Dutch Village ...
Visual Acuity - What Do We Really See? – Jodi Groh, 12-07-2009
I recently volunteered at a OneSightSM Vision Clinic and had the opportunity to participate in the visual acuity screening. Early in the day, LaShawn, ...
A Positive Attitude: A Requirement in Today's World – Jodi Groh, 08-15-2006
How often when given an assignment for the first time your immediate reaction is, "I can't do it"? Or you're interested in exploring a new hobby, but ...
Developing a Healthy Self-Esteem – Jodi Groh, 07-01-2006
Self-esteem, simply put, is the opinion you have of yourself. It is an emotion, conscious and unconscious, of how you like and respect yourself. It drives ...