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Presence in the Time of Distraction: 17 Tools to Try

Eddie Chan June 1952 Presence Over Distraction

Before I began to write this blog post, I peeked in at Facebook, checked my email, and, while my internet browser was open, clicked on a “pre-black-Friday” coupon from Macy’s and ordered some Christmas gifts. I’ve done this same routine a half-dozen times, conflicted between my desire to focus on the topic de jour (presence) […]

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Loving Yourself in the Busiest of Seasons

Saturday Evening Post Dick Sargent 1956

The holiday season is upon us, dear one, and I know that for most of us, that means that the rhythm of life increases to an intensity that often feels as if your heart will burst from constantly racing. You know it’s a pace you will be unable to sustain, and yet you feel trapped, […]

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Story Sharing in the Age of #MeToo

Are you Sharing Your Story with the Right folks Robert Meyers for the Saturday Evening Post 1955

I had lunch with a girlfriend (and fellow coach) this week and we talked about EVERYTHING, as you do when you’re sitting across the table from someone you completely trust. We talk about each aspect of our story: love, life, parenting, food, relationships, and more. I’m sure you’ve had one of those conversations that run […]

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#Revolution

Peregrine Heathcote Hotel Columbia

I want you to know that I see you. You’re struggling to make it through the daily tasks on your to do list; working hard to keep a mask of a #blessed and oh-so-perfect life on your Facebook page. And, darling, I also hear you when you crawl into bed – way too late to […]

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Challenging Season: How to Ensure You Survive It

Surviving a Challenging Season

So, you’re having a bad day. Or maybe a crappy week. Or maybe experiencing a series of days upon days of a funky blue feeling you just can’t shake. And you’re tired of it, so tired of your heart hurting and general malaise. So tired of that sense of ennui and melancholy hanging around you. […]

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Complete the Cycle of Chores to Keep a Tidier Home

Complete the Cycle of a Chore Image CLEAN_SWEEP_1963_by Gil Elvgren

In times of stress, our biggest challenges can grow to crystal clear awareness. Right after my father died, I become excruciatingly aware of one of my biggest challenges to keeping on top of all the tasks it takes to keep a house tidy: my tendency to not complete the cycle of a chore. Having a […]

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Better Sleep: Twenty Tips to Help Get More Zzzzs

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The Labor Day weekend signals the social end of summer: back to school, the closure of community swimming pools, a welcome return to routines, and the earth’s reminder that fall is coming soon. Here in Ohio, the leaves are beginning to fade, the temperatures are cooler, and the days are getting noticeably shorter. That earlier […]

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Workweek Slobs: Ten Ways to Kick That Habit

Kurt Ard for Saturday Evening Post 1956

I just told a client that confession was good for the soul, so here goes: I’m often a workweek slob. You could walk into my home any Saturday afternoon or Monday morning and you’d find a home that is neat and tidy. But drop by on a Wednesday afternoon, and you’d color yourself surprised at […]

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Systems Help Make Your Dreams a Reality

Systems Make Work Easier Art by Harry Bennett

Last year, a client asked to work with me, and her number-one reason for choosing me out of a sea of coaches was that no matter what, my newsletter showed up in her in-box as promised. For five years, it was weekly, and then I switched to every-other-week. She wanted to know my secret to […]

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Kindness is Always a Choice

Kindness is a Choice - Art by Coby Whitemore for Good Housekeeping

If there is one thing I can tell you about managing your life so that you can love it, it’s this: no matter how blessed you feel most of the time, there will always be stresses and challenges. The way you manage those challenges will define the reactions you choose. I understand that advice is […]

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