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When Help is Not Helpful

One of my friends was diagnosed with cancer last summer. 

When her friends found out they rallied.  They dropped off meals, sent flowers, and visited.  It was lovely.  Their support was helpful, until it wasn’t. 

The meals kept coming before yesterday’s were...

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What Happens When You Unplug?

Can you remember the last time you could not access the internet?

My husband and I went camping in the hills of Pennsylvania last weekend.  We had zero cell service.  For miles.  For days.

It was weird.

Several times I had a question and went to Google the answer, only to remember...

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Variety is the Spice of Life

When I was a teenager, I worked for one summer in a factory putting together key fobs.

The fobs consisted of three pieces – a ring, a connector and the rubber fob itself.  The job required me to place the pieces in a machine, twist my wrist, and stomp my foot to release a hammer that...

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Be Your Unique Self

When I was ten years old, I got glasses.

My eyesight is horrible.  If you were to put my glasses up to your eyes, you would wonder how on earth I can see anything.  That’s because my glasses are adjusted to my eyes, not yours.

We all see through a unique lens based on who we are,...

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Stop Waiting and Wishing and Wanting

I overheard a conversation the other day that made me so sad.

Two guys were talking, and one asked the other, “What did you do this weekend?”

“Oh, my wife and I went camping up in Wellsley Island.  It’s just the two of us now, but we enjoy it.  We bought new...

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What's Hiding Behind All That Clutter?

I am on a decluttering mission.

Over the last several years, my husband and I have inherited piles of items from our parents. These items have been collecting dust and taking up space in our basement, garage, and minds.

My parents moved out of state and “gifted” us with items they no...

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It's Time to Flip the Script

I received a call from my mom two weeks ago.

She and my dad had an opportunity to go on vacation with their neighbors.  A beautiful house rental, owned by the neighbor’s family friend, was free to use for a week.  They only had to pay for airfare to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

They...

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How to Speak Up Like an Olympian

I used to be a runner.  Not the exercise, marathon kind of runner.  No.  I was a runner when it came to conflict.  In a fight or flight situation, I was gone.  Out of there.

It’s taken me a long time and conscious effort to stick around and confront conflict.

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How Perfectionism Keeps Us Small

I’ve been watching this tv show called, Alone, and I am totally hooked.

Alone is a competition where individuals are dropped off in the wilderness and must survive for as long as they can, alone, with just a few tools and their skills.  The last person remaining who does not...

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Keep climbing...the view is worth it!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Glacier National Park, Montana.

Our main goal was to see a glacier before they are all melted.  The experts predict that all the glaciers will be gone by 2030.  That’s only eight years away!

We hiked about 30 miles over five...

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Start Fighting FOR Yourself

Every day, I speak with high achieving, empathic women who care deeply about the impact they make on the people around them.

They are sensitive, loving, giving people who work hard to make everyone happy, to the detriment of their own happiness.

These smart, caring women live with a ton of fear:

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Getting on the Right Track

As children we are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Teacher.

Fireman.

Nurse.

Police Officer.

Doctor.

Our answers reflect the world around us and our limited experiences with the people in our lives.

When I graduated from high school, I went to college to be an...

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