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Resolution: Live Life in 2016!

  As 2016 approached, I sat on my couch reflecting on the past year.  As 2015 came to an end, I found myself immediately thinking about what I would do in the New Year. I woke up the next morning and perused my social media accounts to find I wasn’t alone. As I scrolled through my timeline, I looked at all of the resolutions, all of the goals set out for the New Year – and it hit me. I realized 2015 was somewhat of a blur. I began thinking about the year in depth. When reflecting on a year I often think of all of my accomplishments, but rarely have I ever focused on me. Instead of reflecting on everything I’d accomplished, I started reflecting on how life lived me and I had not lived life.


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Know Your Worth: Tips for Building Self-Worth


"If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator." - Tim Fargo

Upon seeing this quote, I found it to be very powerful.  It made me take a step back and think about where my self-worth lies.  The dictionary defines self-worth as the sense of one's own value or worth as a person.  If this is true, it means self-worth cannot be increased or decreased by anyone, because it comes from within.

Self-worth is your...


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5 Steps To End An Emotional Affair

 In case you missed my last blog, 8 Signs You May Be Having An Emotional Affair, it explored how sometimes innocent relationships turn into something more; and how to know if you may have crossed the line.   The response was pretty exciting.  I have received several comments, emails, and messages about the topic, and I welcome them all.  What I discovered was many people with very different thoughts and opinions. Some readers identified the benefits of emotional affairs, while some discussed the consequences.   As a result, readers left me with the idea of covering what I think will be a controversial topic - questioning if infidelity can actually help a marriage.  For now, as promised, we can look at ways to end an emotional affair.


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8 Signs You May Be Having An Emotional Affair

 Infidelity is not as taboo as it used to be and it's definitely become easier to hide.  From workplace relationships to internet encounters, it is not a surprise that emotional affairs seem to be on the rise.  Many people spend more hours in the workplace than at home, and as a result, working relationships are more likely to turn into friendships.  The internet and social media provide us with the ability to be more social, with less attention.  Social media can often hide our best kept secrets. Most emotional affairs start as simple friendships.  Many never intend for those friendships to become anything more than just that.  However, there is a thin line between friendships and emotional affairs; and emotional affairs often lead to sexual encounters.


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5 Tips For Getting Unstuck

“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

Every once in a while I go through what I like to call a transition phase in my life. It usually comes after a period of feeling stuck. I can typically identify when I’m feeling stuck, because it starts with a feeling of negative energy. I find myself feeling discontent and needing “something more”.

When I recognize I’m in one...


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4 Quick Tips To Love The Skin You’re In!

 Something interesting happened to me the other day.  It started in the dressing room of a popular department store.  I didn't find the bra I was looking for, but I came out with something more when I found myself partially undressed and staring into a full-length mirror. Now understand, I don't really do mirrors or cameras which may come as a surprise to some. I'll admit I'm the woman who will take 25 selfies, just to get a "good one". I avoid full length mirrors at all costs and if given the chance, I'll crop my body out of a photo and just leave my face. I didn't always have this issue.  My weight struggles began about six years ago.  I'd been fairly small for most of my life, but as I tried to control endometriosis and other pelvic issues with birth control and other hormonal treatments, I had little control over my weight.  It didn't matter what I did or what I ate, my weight became totally unpredictable.  This along with other factors eventually took a toll on my self-esteem. So, there I stood in the full-length mirror and looking at myself, I mean really looking at myself for the first time in a long time. 


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Motivational Monday: 4 Tips To Get Through Anything

 "The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost Upon reading this quote, I was intrigued.  It made me think.  I thought about it for a long time, because I wasn't exactly sure if I agreed.  As I continued to think about this quote and reflected on various situations in my life, I realized there is something to be said about going through things. When you go through something, you complete a process.  Going through something teaches us lessons we may not have otherwise learned.  When we find the courage to push through something, we create a story to inspire others.  When we get out of something by going through it, we find strength.


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Motivational Monday: Take Time For Self-Care

 “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde

I once had a supervisor who at the end of every meeting asked "what did you do for self-care this week?"  I'd sigh and think to myself, "who has time for self-care?"  At the end of one particular meeting, I sat and listen as my co-workers responded.  They talked of gardening, walks on the beach, hobbies,...


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Motivational Monday: Who’s Going To Stop You?


The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand

On this marvelous Monday I ask you to challenge yourself by identifying one thing you want to do.  Once you have identified it, set a goal and get to work.  What's stopping you?  Who's stopping you?  Reality is, the only person holding you back is yourself.



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Women’s Wellness Corner Returns!

"The only thing that is constant is change." - Heraclitus

When I posted my last blog back in January, there was no way I could anticipate all the changes that were to come. Dealing with the demands of a new promotion, ongoing health issues, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, and just trying to balance life -  my body whispered, "I need a break."  So I listened.

On June 3rd, I had my 7th surgery related to complications from endometriosis and other...