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You Want ME to Meditate… LOL!

My life is pretty chaotic.  It's the good kind of chaos, but chaotic nonetheless.  A few monts ago I noticed that I'd been a little more stressed than usual and sharted this with a colleague.  She suggested that I try meditating.

MEDITATE?  I almost laughed out loud.  Let's be honest, I think my brain suffers from what I like to call "I can't shut down syndrome".  I'd tried meditation before and it was an...
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When Life Keeps Happening

I am back from a small hiatus.  It wasn't a planned hiatus - life just happened.  Trust me, when it happened it happened up, down, around, and all over me.  Have you ever had one those days, weeks, or months when those "life happens" moments just keep coming - one after another, after another, after another?  Within a few weeks I had some health issues, some frustrations, computer issues, some disappointments, along with...
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Anxiety? Oh No, Not Me

I was convinced I was dying.  As a matter of fact, there was no way you could convince me otherwise.  Oddly I accepted my fate and whispered to my husband "call 911, I'm dying".  I was sweating profusely, I could feel my heartbeat in my neck and my pulse echoed in my ears.  I couldn't breathe, my face felt weird, my hands were numb, and I was shaking like a leaf.  EMS arrived...
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Letting Go of Unrealistic Expectations

A few months ago a very good friend of mine said to me, "the majority of your frustrations are due to your unrealistic expectations."  I didn't know how to feel about her statement.  There I sat venting to her about the frustrations of my life, waiting for her to co-sign on my misery, and that's what she gave me.  I have to admit that it stung a little, but I slowly began to...
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Why Procrastinate?

I have to admit, I used to live by the motto: "Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?" Honestly, I still find myself thinking this way from time to time.  American aphorist Mason Cooley stated, "procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder".  So why do we procrastinate?

For those of us who procrastinate, we may often find that in doing so, we create unnecessary obstacles.  We find ourselves racing to...
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Seven Days of Not Complaining

In the last week I've noticed something about myself that was a little concerning.  Life has been happening, and it's been a little more chaotic than usual. Instead of taking it in stride, I've been a lot!  I am not a chronic complainer.  As a matter of fact, I usually find myself not only finding my silver lining, but finding it for others as well.  This week, I've just been frustrated.

When I...
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Expect the Unexpected

This week was filled with unexpected events.  It started with a trip to urgent care after my daughter felt the appropriate place for a green bean was in her ear.  It was followed by unexpected illnesses, crises at work, and another trip to urgent care after my daughter’s face lost a war with a mosquito lurking in our car on the ride home.

As we all know,“life happens,” and this week...
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Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation

What would you do if you absolutely had to make lemonade with no sugar?  I thought about this earlier this week.  Personally, I’d start by making sure I had some lemons.  Then I’d consider all things sweet that could mimic the taste of sugar.  I’m pretty sure I’d come up with something close, even if it wasn’t “lemonade.”

I know this is a random thought and a random way to start a blog,...
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Relaxing for Emotional Health

My last two blog posts explored exercising and eating well for emotional health.  Now that we've covered eating and exercising, this blog will explore relaxing for emotional health.

Relaxation is your body's way of rejuvenating. Relaxing allows time for your mind and body to repair.  It has also been shown that relaxing improves your mood and improves brain function and memory.

I have found the importance of relaxation in my own life.  I've...
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