Live Full. Die Empty.

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Motivational speaker, Les Brown, gives speeches all over the country and I often listen to him via YouTube.  Last week I was on my treadmill putting in some miles toward my goal of being “healthy and strong” when I was hit with his words.  I had to take a moment and step away from the treadmill and catch my breath—not from the exertion of running, but instead from the impact of these powerful words.

Live Full.  Die Empty.

I’ve often thought about ...

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Picture This

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As far as I’m concerned, every day is New Year’s Day because as long as you have breath in your body, you have the power to change for the better. Although many tend to make New Year’s Resolutions, there’s really no start date for change that is better than NOW. If you aren’t willing to start NOW, what makes you think that New Year’s Day or Monday or whatever arbitrary day you select will be the magic date that change ...

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I AM

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As I think on the year we are leaving behind and the one before us, I spend a lot of time thinking about what and how I would do things differently in an effort to get better results. One of the ways we achieve success is by paying better attention to the words that follow “I AM…”

In my mind, I battle regularly with negative I AM statements.  I am tired.  I am not a morning person.  I am not worthy.  ...

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Change Your Life for Good

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My family and I did an experiment in November—No Dining Out November.  Isabelle made us a big poster with “dining” spelled “dinning” and put pictures of all her favorites on the poster—KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell.  We hung it up in a prominent place as a reminder.  We did this after looking at the number of dollars being spent each month as the result of poor planning and the general “I don’t feel like cooking.”  It was an embarrassingly large number ...

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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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