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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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Speaking Up for Myself Has Changed My Life

Last week we picked up our new camper and headed out on our first camping trip of the season.  Our adventure began before we left the driveway.

As I was making the bed, I smelled something burning.  You know that distinct, melting plastic, electrical smell?

I shouted for my husband,...

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How Saying NO Pays Higher Returns

If saying NO is so good for us, and creating healthy boundaries improves our quality of life, then why is it so darn difficult?

The answer is simple: we receive a payoff when we please others. 

We feel a sense of accomplishment, pride, and gratification when we help others.  It...

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Where is your focus?

When you woke up today, what did you choose to focus on?

          Obstacles or Opportunities

          Problems or Solutions

          Lemons or Lemonade

          Have to or Get to

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My Thoughtfully Selfish Rolemodel

Last week I went to see a dermatologist.

I made the appointment nine months ago.  That’s the first appointment I could snag and luckily, I did not have an emergent need.

The purpose of this visit was to conduct an overall skin check and establish a relationship with this new...

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Do you hear that whisper?

The area where I live boasts some beautiful county parks. 

One of my favorite places to walk is Chestnut Ridge.  This park has rolling hills that get my heart rate up and wooded trails that calm my busy brain.

I usually walk the same three-mile loop however, last month I was forced to...

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After the Breakdown Comes the Breakthrough

Last week I took a chance and shared how I was in a bit of a slump.

I knew I was in a safe place with this community.  Many of you reached out to make sure I was okay and shared how you were feeling.

A few readers wrote back and said, “It was just what I needed to hear today.”

It...

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Lately it feels like I am moving one step forward and two steps back.

I debated writing this in my message this week because I feel it is my mission to be empowering and uplifting. 

But the more I thought about it, I came to realize that it is most important to be truthful and vulnerable.

We...

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Why Don't We Take Time for Ourselves?

My husband, who has been working from home the past two years, has begun to go back into the office a couple days a week.

Two weeks ago, he came home giddy.  He was thrilled to talk to people face to face, have personal conversations, and absorb the energy of other humans conferencing...

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Would You Drink Poison?

This morning I was working out at my gym, where three of six televisions was set to a cable news channel.

I don’t normally watch the televisions at the gym, preferring to get in my own zone with my headphones tuned to Workout Hits Radio on Pandora.

Every once in a while, I look up to...

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Goldilocks Had the Right Idea

I’ve been binge watching old episodes of the reality television show, Top Chef.

If you’ve never watched, it’s your typical competition cooking show where amateur chefs compete for a cash prize and the title of Top Chef.

Most of the challenges are individual cooking challenges,...

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Go Have a Couple of Pints

My camper storage facility burned down last month, leaving nothing but ashes.

Shopping for a new camper was not on my to-do list this year.  However, if I want to enjoy the summer, I need to get a move on.

Sitting down with a salesperson, whether it’s a house, car, or camper can...

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