Choose Your Story Wisely

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I was having a conversation with my best childhood girlfriend the other day.  She’s launching into the holidays worried this may be her father’s last Thanksgiving.  Her mother just had major shoulder surgery and has a long recovery ahead.  My BFF is an only child and is smack in the middle of raising kids and aging parents, caring for everyone while working a strenuous job as a nurse practitioner.  She’s feeling alone and weighted by responsibility.  The narrative ringing in ...

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Navigating Divorce: The After Years with Adult Kids

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One of the interesting things my divorce therapist never told me about was navigating divorce in the after years—those years that come once your children are essentially grown and are no longer reliant on you or your former spouse and yet they’re not quite independent either.

I’ve been divorced for many years and did the whole single mom thing.  Even though it was hard, I understood the struggle for identity, the pursuit of a career that I could be proud of ...

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It’s a Beautiful Life

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Everyone wants to have a beautiful life. But really what is a beautiful life?

The definition of beauty according to Merriam Webster dictionary is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.” Finding the beauty in life has always been a struggle for me. I used to constantly look for perfection as my standard of beauty. Perfection, my friends, is not always beautiful and can ...

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Put YOUR lights on bright

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There is a great line out of the chorus of John Mayer’s song, In Repair, that says “I’m not together, but I’m getting there; I’m in repair.” I feel a little like that now having come through a challenging time both personally and professionally.  It’s as if I’m in repair and re-emerging more myself than I’ve been in a long time.

Last night I took my first outdoor run/walk with Husker since having my hysterectomy in May.  Bathed in moonlight, we ...

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Looking Ahead

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Friday was the first day of Autumn and the commencement of my favorite season of the year.  I love watching the wooly caterpillars crossing the warm asphalt roads as they seek out the perfect final place for metamorphosis.  This time of year signals change and opportunity.  Combines begin humming and trucks purr down the roads with their heavy loads of life-giving grain straining the axles.  The music of life is all around us.

Autumn is also the time of year when ...

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Relationship Reset

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but there are times in a relationship when you just have to hit the reset button.  You find yourself in a rut.  Mike’s and my rut sounds like this:

Me: Good morning.

Mike: Hi, how are you today?  Did you sleep well?

Me:  Pretty well.  How was your work day?

Mike:  Story (…he tells me the latest while I’m eating breakfast or getting Isabelle ready for school). Usually I give him a quick kiss good-bye and ...

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Change: It’s Not a Solitary Thing

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Six weeks ago I decided to make a change.  This change had been a long time coming as I had been doing research for some time (over two years).  Finally, I was ready to pull the trigger and go all in—I made the change to a plant based diet.  Essentially, I am eating a vegan style diet—no animal products.  I made the switch on a Friday right before hosting a party for my husband’s birthday the following night.  Our friends ...

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The Tie that Binds

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I’ve already had an amazing morning.  I was walking Husker (our golden retriever) this morning to the sound of a distant rooster crowing.  And while journaling and meditating on my day, I watched as the birds began their morning descent on the bird feeder outside my kitchen window—the sparrows were sparring for prime real estate at the feeder. The bright red cardinal was happily picking up dropped seeds from the ground.  Just then, the sun cut through the trees with ...

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The Little Engine That Could

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As a child my brother’s favorite bedtime story was “The Little Engine That Could”. I would listen as my mom read it every night when it was my brother’s turn to choose the bedtime story.

It wasn’t until now as an adult that I truly appreciate the story of “The Little Engine That Could” and have decided that that particular story book is my new mantra.

A mantra, or attitude, that anything is possible if we put our mind to it and ...

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The Price of Living in a Future that Hasn’t Come

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a few long walks with Husker and really give some thought to my gift and curse of being a futurist (Futurist–that’s what Gallup tells me is one of my top five strengths).  I’m always looking ahead. Dreaming. Thinking about what could be.  That’s great if you’re creating a vision and setting incremental goals to achieve it.  It’s not so great if it makes you look at your present as though it’s ...

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