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Worry: What I’m Giving Up for Lent

Worry Joe De Mers

Fourteen years ago, not only did I quit making New Year’s resolutions, I also stopped giving up stuff for Lent. Instead of the annual ritual of temporarily sacrificing some arbitrary thing (chocolate, frou-frou coffee, eating out, whatever), I took a class on mediation at a Buddhist Monastery and discovered that there was a better option. […]

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Mess to Delight: A Home Office Love Story

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As I write this note, I am trying to look forward at my screen, though my peripheral vision is screaming at me to look instead at The Big Mess that is my desk. Piled to the left of me are stacks of books and planners, a slew of baby index cards, a pair of scissors, […]

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Success Can Be Yours with Planning & Routines

Jim Schaeffing _Woman Planning for Success

I got a chuckle over an email from Coach on January 17th with the title “Happy Ditch Your Resolution Day”, a tongue in cheek acknowledgement that by mid-January, most folks are ready to abandon those New Year’s Resolutions. There was, of course, suggestions on things to purchase to celebrate the decision, inducing giggles from me. […]

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If-Then Thinking Is Getting in the Way of Your Dreams

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Welcome to a shiny new year! No matter where you look, you’re plied with demands to make those resolutions, pursue your best life, and have the best year YET.  But do you want to know the number one thing that gets in the way of achieving those desires? If-then thinking. I am all about curating […]

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Wrap Up the Year and Look Ahead

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To say that 2017  has been eventful is an understatement.  With travel, the loss of my father, discovering more about my genetic clan, and just the day-to-day living of life and responsibilities, it’s been a year full of challenges, emotional ups and downs, and big lessons learned. And most of those lessons, honestly, I’m still […]

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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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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

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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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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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