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We ALL want rock solid self confidence, but what is it and where does it come from? Here are some of my current thoughts on confidence. I don’t see myself as confident. Most of my life, I’ve attempted things I didn’t feel equipped for, but I tend to put my head down and go for ... Continue Reading »
“For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” ~ Jonathan Rausch I’m pleased by the recent interest in introverts; both because I AM one and because it’s helped to dispel some myths about introverts. Being an introvert is ... Continue Reading »
“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~ Ivanla Vanzant There’s a funny scene in the Ben Stiller movie, Meet the Fockers. He takes his future in-laws to meet ... Continue Reading »
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Fifty Shades of Grey

November 1st, 2013
Well I went and did it. My kids begged me not to, nodding their heads in disbelief that I could do such a thing to them. My husband encouraged me to give it a try. As he does with most things. Sometimes this is great, sometimes it just isn’t. I wasn’t sure how this one ... Continue Reading »
Most people like hearing praise but some people bristle when they hear compliments and others downright hate them. What is it that determines whether someone enjoys receiving compliments or whether they turn sour at the first hint of positive feedback? Compliments and Self-Esteem More often than not, how receptive we are to compliments is a ... Continue Reading »
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Needs Versus Wants

August 14th, 2013
In the Dave Matthews song, Jimi Thing, he’s feeling a little lost. In his search he says, What I want is what I’ve not got. And what I need is all around me. We suffer so much because we confuse needs and wants. We confuse needs and wants because we confusing being with having. We ... Continue Reading »
During the week I found a drawer in our house that I’d never noticed before. It had 5 eggs and an envelope with $1k in it. I asked Meg if she knew about it. She told me that every time I give a poor speech she puts an egg in the drawer. I said to ... Continue Reading »
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Stepping Out

April 23rd, 2013
It was one of those wet blustery days where if you own a pair of purple patent faux leather boots, you must wear them. I like purple, and I like shiny. Nobody loses when one wears such boots on a grey afternoon. So our family and my boots dashed in the rain from our  car ... Continue Reading »
Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote about “staying in the middle” in Leap. In the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right ... Continue Reading »
Your face tells the story of your life; your changing body is a history of incredible experience. Wrinkles are character lines, scars a gallery of adventure. Stretch marks map your life journey, love handles tell a love story. Appreciate your changing body, love your evolving story, and see the big picture. It all fits together.
Shout it in your best Gloria Gaynor voice- I am what I am And what I am needs no excuses I deal my own deck Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces. There’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit One life so it’s time to open up your closet Life’s not worth a ... Continue Reading »
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Learn To Love Yourself

February 22nd, 2012
What’s your relationship with validation and praise? Do you seek it, sidestep or dismiss it? And what’s the relationship between praise and ego? Give the ego a fish, and you feed it for a day. Give the ego a fishing rod, and it will happily fish for compliments for a lifetime. It’s like feeding a ... Continue Reading »
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About a Boy

February 21st, 2012
He told me while I was in the kitchen. Stirring something, soup maybe, onions or boiling potatoes, doesn’t matter really, whatever it was, my stirring soon became furious. “They told me I wasn’t really a boy today.” His 12yr old voice tried to remain detached. “Really” I replied, trying to match his detachment, while searching ... Continue Reading »
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Guilt Trip

February 7th, 2012
Have you ever bumped into it? You know, the wall?  The one between the mothers who work and the mothers who, well, work…. 
what can’t see tell the difference? Well, let me just point it out to you. One has a whole lot of guilt, and well, the other one has a whole lot of ... Continue Reading »
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Be YOU to the FULL

February 4th, 2012
This is a short video about embracing and thriving in ALL aspects of your humanity. Be inspired by the example of Alice Walker. Shine. BE YOU TO THE FULL! Let your authentic beauty be an inspiration to all around you to claim their bodies and live their beauty