about us
Irene Conlan 2015

We created the blog to talk about all things that have to do with self-improvement and self-growth. In 2007 there were few blogs about self-growth, and we thought it was a topic that needed discussion.  We don’t claim to “have it together” and believe we are each a work in progress.

One of the urging factors is that all real change comes from within, but many of us don’t know where to find the information or guidance we need to make the changes that bring about the improvement. And most of us don’t know how to work “within.”

So Here’s About Us

Hi! I’m Irene, and I’m serious about helping you find the tools you need to achieve your self-improvement goals and begin to experience the happiness you desire. I talk about us. Us means you and me.

I live in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The picture at the top is of Fountain Park. The photographer is Jack Harwick, who loves the town and Fountain Park as much as I do.

A  masters degree in nursing and a doctoral degree in metaphysics are in my educational background.  Teaching was my favorite “gig,” and I taught nursing at ASU. After that, I served as Administrator of Nursing at a major Phoenix hospital, and as Assistant Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services. Also, I am a certified hypnotherapist and had a therapy practice, The PowerZone,  for twelve years. Becoming a radio show host in 2010, I host The Self Improvement Show on

VoiceAmerica’s Empowerment Channel every Thursday.



Two sons  Chris and Kevin, and four grandsons—Kyle, Aaron, Jack, and Jake— bring me great joy. and light up my life. And a dog named Smarty owns me even though he’s the one who has the leash. He makes me laugh and requires that I exercise by taking him on long walks at the fountain or the dog park. Life is good for all of us.


Why the Blog?

We live in a stressful world. It seems we rush everywhere—to work,  the store, home, and appointments. We rush to get our kids to soccer practice, ballet, gymnastics, school or the mall. Most of us are reachable 24/7 by email, cell phone, or pager so there’s no way we can “get away.”  We stretch ourselves to the max and wonder why we can’t sleep, can’t think, and can’t relax. Some self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, TV, the Internet, and sex to have an outlet or deal with the stress. Some rage. Some over-exercise. Some go out and shoot other people.

We are each looking for happiness

In this frenetic activity, there is one constant—we are each looking for happiness. Ask the addict, the thief, the anorexic, the debutante, the CEO, the mail room clerk or the person you meet on the street or the grocery store. If you ask them what they want—bottom line— they say they want to be happy.

And two questions arise:

  • What good is any self-improvement effort if it makes you even more miserable?
  • If you are happy now, how much self-improvement do you need?

So my question is—What do YOU want to change? How do YOU want to improve? What does happiness look and feel like to you?

This blog’s for you

To paraphrase the beer commercial, “This blog’s for you.” so let us hear from you.

  • What do you want to see on these pages?
  • Do you agree or disagree with what we post here?
  • How can we help you the most?
  • What are your struggles?
  • Do you have some your triumphs on this road to self-improvement?

Let us hear from you. We’d love to us read YOUR story.

Use the Contact Us page or use the form at the end of each article.Author: Irene Conlan, MSN, Ph.D., CHt