Author Archives: Gail Cawley Showalter

How to Improve Mental Impressions

There are millions of beautiful impressions, and they are all for you. There are enough to make you a supremely happy man or woman.

Who Makes a Difference?

Who Makes a Difference May Surprise You January and you may be reflecting and evaluating your life. This post reminds me that, as Mother Teresa said, “Do small things with great love.” Philosophy from late Charles Schultz Quiz Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. Name the […]

Caricature of Gail as tough old bird

How Optimism Improves Your Health

I got to be a Tough Old Bird with a Soft Spot for Single Moms and Women Having Tough Times by living through years of tough times myself. Living for a lot of years has taught me that people who are optimistic about the future lead happier and healthier lives.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Work-Life Balance While Working From Home

Things will one day return to normal, but for now, parents need to juggle two very important full-time jobs: working from home and raising a family.

Loyalty is wise – Most of the time

When is Loyalty Wise? Editorial as it appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, December 13, 2020

What No One Tells You About What Really Matters in Life

Teaching Really Matters Since teaching wasn’t my first choice in a career I didn’t fully realize the significance of my work. In 1989 I was recruited to take the position of Teacher of the Visually Impaired for two school districts who had established a co-op. This required that I return to college, yet again. I […]

Discover Your Strengths

Focus on Your Strengths Concentrate on Strengths Traits of Empowered Women An empowered woman knows her strengths and how to exercise them. She believes in the power of her strengths. She works hard and remains focused. Know Your Strengths Empowered women know themselves well. They are aware of both their strong traits and their personal […]

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How A Christmas (Single Mom) Elf Finds the Real Joy of Christmas

“Joy to the World” was playing on the car radio, but I did not feel any joy in my world. It was five days before Christmas – the first Christmas since my divorce and the first one I would spend without my children.

Why Choices are Important

As time goes on our choices make a greater difference, especially those that cannot be undone.

Are You Alone?

Lonely is Not the Same as Solitude Thought from Kay Miller, a single mother and SMORE Board Member I am not a person to set intentional goals or dreams for myself. However, I have always thought when the boys left home for college, my dad was the only tie that kept me tethered to Southeast […]