Mixed Emotions

The last few weeks have been full of activity both at work, personally and the world in general.  I’ve been pretty maxed out on inputs for quite some time.  I’ve struggled to find time for much of anything other than work and dealing with the onslaught of inputs that seem to be coming at me from all […]

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Birthdays, busyness & gratitude

October is always an extremely busy month for us.  We have three close family members with birthdays which means a lot of celebrations requiring preparations, the actual celebration and sometimes clean-up afterward (depending on what was planned).  It can be really easy to get caught up in the stress of all of it and forget how […]

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Controlling Your Inner Critic

I recommend checking out the book “Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance” by Rosie Molinary. One of the many exercises recommended by the author is naming & getting control of your inner critic – something many of us could work on for a happier, more content life! Who’s your inner critic?

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Self-Care Tug of War

One of the things that factors into my personal definition of “living intentionally & fearlessly everyday” is making time for self-care.  But sometimes determining what forms of self-care are best can be very difficult.  When more than one thing feels “out of balance” or if there is more than one aspect of your life that […]

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Capitalizing on Introversion

Introversion is often mis-characterized as shy or even standoffish. Yet, if you truly understand the meaning of introvert (and yes, if you search google for this, you’ll see it defined as shy in the search results), it is defined by someone’s source of personal energy. I find people, especially in large groups, to be exhausting. New people (ones I don’t know very well) are also exhausting because they take more energy to deal with. It’s not that I dislike people entirely, they just take energy rather than adding to it. I need time on my own to reflect and get things done in order to recharge. This is why I love holidays like Labor Day. It’s one of those where we generally don’t have commitments so we can just enjoy a nice, quiet day at home where we can both relax, reflect, and get ready for the week.

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Anxiety & Food

I don’t have words of wisdom this week.  Just an open & honest admission that as much as I like to think I’ve got it together, I don’t always.  It’s been an emotional couple weeks.  There has been some really exciting thing happening, and some really kinda scary thing happening.  With that, comes quite a […]

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Gratitude: Express Lane to Better

With all of the news focus on increasing animosity, hate and hostility and the ongoing focus on how we’re all so different and can’t get along rather than any focus on everyone’s similarities (we are all people after-all) , it’s really easy to get down in the dumps, depressed and feel anxious. One of the things I find myself going back to in order to get my spirits back up is an exercise I learned when I was struggling with depression: focusing on being grateful.

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