Optimism- When enough is enough
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Optimism- When enough is enough

My generation will never forget Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on Saturday Night Live. Stuart turns to the mirror and chants out his mantra…“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” (insert crowd laughing and applauding) I’m not going to lie, the optimist has often been the butt of punchlines, whether it … Continue reading

Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”
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Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”

Everything changed. I looked at my phone and I saw the timer on my call counting up… and despite the fact everything in my mind was moving faster than I could register, the numbers on my phone continued to climb, unaffected by the chaos in the living room. My oldest and the middle child were … Continue reading

The Power of Having Something to Look Forward to… Getting out of the ‘Survival Mode’ Rut
balance / life / Potential / self care

The Power of Having Something to Look Forward to… Getting out of the ‘Survival Mode’ Rut

Anticipation. “Anticipation confers important evolutionary benefits to human beings. Specifically, expecting the forthcoming events allow active preparations in cognitive, affective, and behavioral strategies (Grupe et al., 2013).” Jan 9, 2018, National Library of Medicine Yup. I read it… planning a vacation is not only an exciting venture but it is medically beneficial and vital to my wellbeing. … Continue reading

The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald,   The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller
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The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller

Perhaps, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a glorified blogger… …The Beautiful and Damned foreshadowed the dramatic demise of his relationship with his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, and loosely mirrored their extravagant life. He captured the essence of the American lifestyle during the Jazz Era of limitless indulgences, coining his socialite companion as “the first American flapper”, commanding … Continue reading

The State of Being Happy vs Happiness – Those Who Walk Away From Omelas
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The State of Being Happy vs Happiness – Those Who Walk Away From Omelas

Happiness can be so relative, it’s a matter of perspective. The world was changing and suddenly the meaning of life was much more significant. People did not take their futures for granted and they followed their hearts. Unfortunately, this world is not equipped to sustain the longevity of being happy, in its purest form. The … Continue reading

Life is a pendulum, so, keep swinging!!
Age / balance / family / journey / kids / life / parenting / self care / strong women / Uncategorized / women

Life is a pendulum, so, keep swinging!!

Let’s start with fads and fashion, as we all shake our heads. But seriously… In the beginning, our parents take care of us, and eventually, the roles reverse as we care for them. Stocks go up and then, inevitably, they go down. We love hard and then we fall harder. Our bodies fearlessly and relentlessly … Continue reading

Making peace with my clutter- “Clutter is nothing but postponed decisions.” (Barbara Hemphill)
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Making peace with my clutter- “Clutter is nothing but postponed decisions.” (Barbara Hemphill)

I grew up, using my imagination, making memories and crafts out of paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes. We never wasted, but everything had an expiration date or was recycled. Clothes were only bought at the beginning of fall, spring, and, of course, at the start of the school year. Toys were gifted at Christmas … Continue reading