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The Struggle is a Gift

Why won’t this darn snowblower start?

I was frustrated with myself.  I had this grand plan of clearing the driveway of snow before my husband returned from his business trip.

I was looking forward to the surprised look in his eyes and the accolades he would heap on me for a job well...

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The Power of Proper Planning

Well, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks here in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.

Over Christmas weekend our area experienced a blizzard that blew through with hurricane level winds and dumped 4-6 feet of snow over a 36-hour period.  Over 40 people died, leaving behind family and friends to...

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The Benefits of Installing an Invisible Fence

When we first brought home our dog, Scout, we were nervous about her running away.  We decided to purchase an invisible pet fence.

We dug a shallow trench around the perimeter of our yard and installed the wire underground.  Scout wore a collar that would give her a little vibration...

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A Lesson from Clark Griswold

What is your favorite holiday movie?

There are so many good ones to choose from – A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, Love Actually, Die Hard (we can debate this one later).

One of my all-time favorites is Christmas Vacation from 1989.

Clark Griswold, played by the hilarious Chevy Chase, is the...

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What Comes Next?

Have you ever found yourself repeating old patterns?  Maybe a bad habit you broke, or an issue you thought was in your past, has suddenly reappeared?

The universe has a funny way of testing us from time to time. 

It begins with a little whisper.  Then the subtle hints become more...

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Your Voice Matters

What does it mean to “use your voice”?

I bet you don’t realize it, but you use your voice all the time. 

Sometimes it’s a whisper.

Sometimes it’s a shout.

Sometimes it’s a small action.

Sometimes it’s a strong statement.

We use our voices when we...

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What's Around That Bend?

Today is the last day of warm weather in my neck of the woods.  It’s been a great run, but summer is breathing her last gasp before the cold northern winds blow in.

This morning I was diverted from my normal walking path.  I was in my zone when I came upon a blockade of yellow...

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All By Myself (and I love it!)

Saturday, I had the pleasure of enjoying my annual fall ritual – apple picking.

I usually go apple picking by myself.  I find it meditative.  I pull my red wagon through the rows of trees, selecting the apples that stand out to me.  There’s nothing like chomping on a...

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Don't Be Ashamed Anymore

I was getting my teeth cleaned and the new hygienist asked, “What do you do?”

I answered, “I help stressed-out people pleasers create healthy boundaries and say NO with confidence.”

She replied, “Oh, I could use you.  I’m such a people pleaser. ...

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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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