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Do you react or respond? It might seem like splitting hairs, but there is a significant difference between reacting and responding. To put it simply, a reaction tends to be spontaneous and driven by emotion, while a response is more thoughtful and logical. Let’s break this down even further and consider these 9 key differences: […]

Reacting vs. Responding

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Today marks my 8th year as a breast cancer survivor, and it remains every bit as surreal now to say that as it has the previous seven years.  As I reflect on everything that has led me to this moment, I feel a profound sense of gratitude, happiness, relief, and grief.  Yes, grief, but more on that in […]

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A few weeks ago, I saw a headline in my news feed that proclaimed, This is What Fifty-Four Looks Like!  I was fifty-four at that time, so, the headline definitely caught my eye, as did the picture that accompanied the article. It was a picture of Jennifer Lopez wearing a bikini and celebrating her fifty-fourth birthday. Jennifer […]

This is What Fifty-Five is . . . For Me

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What comes to mind when you think of the number seven?  If I answered this question on most days, one of the following would probably would pop into my head. Lucky number seven.  Seventh inning stretch.  Seven-year itch.  Seven Nation Army.  None of these come to mind today, though, because today is not like most days. It was seven years ago […]

Seven

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Happy first day of summer! Some people may be looking forward to enjoying the lazy days of summer, while others may be gearing up for a summer of non-stop activities and adventures.  No matter what your plans are, get ready to make this a meaningful summer.  The sunshine and longer days tend to leave us feeling […]

Summer Self-Improvement

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Please note that this blog post pertains to the recent shooting that occurred at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. This may a difficult topic for some people, so, please, feel free to skip today’s post, if needed. I wasn’t even sure, and still am not sure, if I should address the shooting, because I […]

Coping with the Aftermath of the Shooting at the Covenant School

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Do you react or respond? It might seem like splitting hairs, but there is a significant difference between reacting and responding. To put it simply, a reaction tends to be spontaneous and driven by emotion, while a response is more thoughtful and logical. Let’s break this down even further and consider these 9 key differences: […]

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I have had countless dreams over the years, both the ones that occur during REM sleep and the ones that are present during my waking hours.  Some of those dreams have been long forgotten or discarded, some have remained elusive, and still others have come true.  Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, the dreams that have been […]

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January started off with a bang, literally. Fireworks exploded.  Champagne corks popped. The ball dropped in Times Square to the sounds of cheers, noise makers, and Auld Lang Syne.  After celebrating the holiday season and starting a new year, we then embarked on what may feel like the longest, slowest, and dreariest month of the year.  This year, […]

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Mindset is a term that gets used a lot these days, but what does it mean, and why it is so important in every facet of our lives? Just to make sure that we are on the same page, let’s define what is meant by the word mindset.  Merriam-Webster defines mindset as, A mental attitude or inclination. A […]

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Last week’s blog post, Gratitude Gone Wrong, addressed how sometimes gratitude is misused to deflect or minimize other emotions and to avoid dealing with difficult situations.  This week, let’s shift gears to explore how we can practice gratitude in better ways. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for the Thanksgiving season.  Feeling grateful can shift our perspective and boost our mood […]

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Tomorrow night, some children wearing costumes, ranging from scary to sweet, will scatter across neighborhoods around the country in search of Halloween candy.  I remember waiting for dusk to arrive to set out on my own candy quest when I was a little girl and then getting to relive that excitement when my daughters were younger.  As […]

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