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Coping

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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Coping

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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Coping

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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Coping

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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Courage

Just Say NO… It’s Okay

We have all experienced a moment where we have been approached by a friend, co-worker, or maybe even a spouse and asked to do something we really didn't feel like doing.   We've also had those moments where instead of saying no, we've smiled and responded with the dreaded "yes".  So why do we have difficulties telling others no when we don't feel like doing something? 

The Golden Rule Effect

Many of us were instructed at a...
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Coping

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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General

Celebrate Everything!!!

My daughter truly fascinates me.  Over the last few days I have been watching her and learning a lot.  It's amazing what you can learn from a  one-year-old.

She celebrates everything.  When she throws something away she smiles, when she finishes her food she claps and even when she managed to put a cookie in the XBox, she did a little dance.   She celebrates every accomplishment whether it's big or small, and why shouldn't...
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Coping

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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