How Can We Truly Help Others?

How is the best way to help others when we see they are hurting themselves? What is our role? What is our responsibility? What even, is our right? I’ve been struggling recently with the dilemma of seeing friends suffer from what I can only describe as self-inflicted pain. For the majority of us (those not suffering from mentally illnesses which is […]

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The Value of a Village

It’s Takes a Village. We’ve all heard that expression before, and it’s usually in reference to raising a child. Being a parent is such a great, unyielding, easily overwhelming responsibility that it requires the assistance of others. At times, however often or infrequent, we need the support of others to teach, protect, transport our children because we just can’t do […]

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Why Relationships are More Important than Resolutions

No one wants to read another post about New Years resolutions, and I sure don’t want to write one. It’s a New Year. We should feel renewed, as the calendar and our annual quest for accomplishments resets. Instead, let’s talk about another R word…an even more relevant one…relationships. Our world revolves around our relationships. Whether it’s with ourself, our boss, […]

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Why Start A Gratitude Journal

It’s that mystical week in-between the holiday season and New Year’s. Typically, I spend this sleepy time outlining my goals for the next year. This year though, I have something new to do. This year, I’m reading through my gratitude journal. And while I’m not yet done, I’m already in awe. If you need a new or simply an additional […]

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Checking In Within…Mac the Bulldog Teacher

I have a dog named Mac. He’s a bulldog, a breed said to be opinionated and bull-headed. I can see clearly now that (unknowingly-at-the-time) I chose him because I needed a lesson, a teacher if you will, in learning how to deal with myself (because I’m also bull-headed). Mac has indeed taught me lots – from how to tune out […]

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The Trick to Forgiveness

What do you do when good people, or evens strangers, do things that hurt? Are you quick to anger? Do you take it personally and react with anger and possibly defend? Or perhaps you fall into self pity and wonder why me? I am guilty of all of the above. But like a recovering addict, I am mindful of my […]

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The Problem with Death

I just got back in town after attending the funeral of someone who was dearly loved and who died suddenly, unexpectedly, at the young age of 47. He leaves behind two children and his wife of 21 years, my college roommate. The collective sadness at the varied gatherings was nearly crippling. The pit in my stomach still remains. We lost […]

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What’s the Lesson to Learn Here?

A friend recently asked what my blog was about. “Not getting what you want” was my answer. Hah! How depressing?! My intent was not to write about how to sustain belief in the face of disappointment. But yet, that’s what I’ve been writing about. So I suppose that’s the lesson I’ve been needing to learn. When we struggle, with mindfulness […]

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And Then You Rise

My prior post wasn’t so perky. It was raw and real, and also healing. When you allow yourself to feel, you allow yourself to heal. Feeling leads to healing. And today, Tuesday, I feel light, and bright, fresh and full. I could write more, but this feels right. 🙂 With loving gratitudes,

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How To Accept Disappointment

It’s a Sunday, the one before Thanksgiving, and I find myself in my office. Sad. Teary. Alone. The boys are at the movies. My daughter is playing with a friend. And here I am. I want to be reading a book in a bubble bath, but the time feels like it should be spent on reflecting. On looking back at […]

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