Big Decisions

“A major life decision is never a choice but rather a realization that the decision has already been made.” Doug Cooper Over the past year I  found myself in the middle of one of the biggest decisions of my life.   I needed to decide if I should leave my job.  I’ve worked within the […]

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How is your attention span?

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality”  George Lucas I’ve been thinking about my attention span since noticing how scattered my focus can be some days.  With everything just a click away, it’s easy to be distracted by a lot of  “stuff”.    A study by Microsoft showed that we actually have the attention span […]

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Mindfulness for Teens

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”  Mother Theresa Adolescents have just as much or more stress than adults. One way to help cope with stress is with “mindfulness”.  This practice can help teens  “handle everyday stress… anxiety before taking tests at school and enjoy daily activities […]

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Not Like Me

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity-John F. Kennedy I believe most people have a lot in common.  We want what’s best for ourselves, our family and for others.  We have different ideas of what’s right and wrong, what makes us safe or puts […]

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How to help someone change

“ If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be” JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE” What do you do if someone you care about […]

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Letting Go

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free I remember the moment when I realized I wasn’t in control of my kids actions. It may not seem dramatic, but I remember that I was angry distraught, because my son, […]

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Will I have regrets?

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”― Kurt Vonnegut I was talking to a friend a while ago about her children and their father who is gone much of the time. I commented that he would regret his absence someday. My friend responded that she was sure […]

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Love, Loss and Family

  My family is complicated, like many, i know but complicated. I didn’t have a traditional wedding, in part because I didn’t truly appreciate value of the ceremony. The other part was that my family and my husband, Steve,s family were very different and have different ways of celebrating, to the point that I couldn’t […]

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Stressed out

“ The greatest weapon against stress is to choose one thought over another”  William James I took a health evaluation for work the other day. I scored well on choices around activity and diet, but not so well on stress in my life. The test said that my stressors were higher than they should be. […]

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You’ve Got to Have Friends

“I found out what the secret of life is:  Friends.  Best friends.”    Ninny,  Fried Green Tomatoes I was listening to an “On Point” radio show last week about the importance of friendship.  A 25 year old journalist, Julie Beck, was being interviewed after having her article  published in The Atlantic Magazine.   The show was talking […]

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