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Bird-Brained Determination

Bird-Brained Determination   What the…? It’s our 6 year old son Leo’s new favorite expression. As in “what the (heck is my mom raving about)” or “what the (dickens just flew up my pant leg).” Except in this case I was saying it… while staring amazed at the third nest some determined house finches were constructing in our newest backdoor

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Less Judging = Less Anxiety

Less Judging = Less Anxiety   People who judge are some of the most anxious people in the world. I should know. I’ve worked with plenty of them. I’ve also been a world-class judger myself. And if there’s one take-home I’ve noticed, it’s this.  The more judgmental we are, the more anxious we tend to be. Our

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Protect Your Vulnerability

Protect Your Vulnerability   As a writer, therapist, and parent, I’ve learned to strike a delicate balance. On one hand, it’s important to be authentic. To “find your own voice,” so to speak, and be true to yourself and others. The most real we are, the more relatable. At the same time, it’s a wise idea

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Finding Strength to be Vulnerable

Finding Strength to Be Vulnerable   Someone said to me recently, “I know how to be authentic – what I don’t know is how to be it and keep myself safe. How do I take care of myself around other people? How am I supposed to be vulnerable and protect myself at the same time?” It’s a tricky

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Step Back & Calm Down

Step Back & Calm Down – What to Do When You’re Feeling Triggered   Never been triggered? Be glad. And maybe read on, so you can better understand how to respond to someone who is. For the rest of us, the sensations of a trigger from the past are easy to identify. Some common ones… Our pulse and

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LifeUncategorized

Bears, Bats, and Snakes – Oh My

Bears, Bats and Snakes – Oh My   Those of you who’ve read about me know my family and I moved last year to an old stone house in the country. For city slickers from DC, this was a dream come true. Even if it came with a few unexpected surprises. One of the most pronounced (and,

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Feel How You Want To

Feel How You Want To   How do I want to feel? It’s a deceptively simple question. It’s also a game changer. With it comes the power to alter how we live. For many of us, asking ourselves this seems like putting the cart before the horse. “How do I want to feel?” isn’t so much the

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How to Be a Healthy People Pleaser

How to Be a Healthy People Pleaser     “I’m so tired of caring what people think,” a client confided the other day. “I wish I didn’t want people to like me so much.” I get it. As a people-pleaser myself, I know how exhausting it can be to try and make everyone happy. Especially

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5 Success Tips for Millennials in the Workplace

5 Success Tips for Millennials in the Workplace   Here we are at last – the end of our series on Millennials in the Workplace. We started this journey by asking ourselves what millennial stress is and why we should care about it in Part 1. Next, we tried to understand the challenges of today’s millennials

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How to Work Better with Your Millennials

How to Work Better with Your Millennials   There are high functioning millennials and satisfied employers.  And there are struggling millennials and challenged employers.  Which group do you belong to?   In this post, we’re going to focus on challenges the second group of millennials and employers face.  We’ll address five of the top conflict areas of struggling millennials

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What Successful Employers Are Doing to Engage Millennials

What Successful Employers Are Doing to Engage Millennials   In this 3rd part of our series on Millennials in the Workforce, let’s focus on what’s working.   Here are some ways employers have successfully attracted, retained, and managed millennials, as well as built on their strengths. Millennials characteristics Employers who are successfully working with millennials are playing to millennial

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Millennial Stress – What’s It About and Why Do We Care?

Millennial Stress – What’s It About & Why Do We Care?   Millennials get dissed when it comes to their performance in the workplace. A lot. Complaints come from all quarters.  Educators, employers, colleagues, older generations. Even the media has jumped on board. Why? Because millennials, loosely defined as the generation born between 1980 and 2000

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How-To GuideLifeLove

3 Self Care Tips We All Need

3 Self Care Tips We All Need   For decades, I’ve encouraged people to practice self-care.  I’ve tried to incorporate it in my own life too.   Looking back on it, I think I did a better job of it sometimes than others.  Days when I balanced my life with meditation, yoga and organic foods. And ones when I didn’t.

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LifeLoveUncategorized

7 Strategies to Develop Acceptance

7 Strategies to Develop Acceptance   My last post, How Acceptance Can Change Your Life, explored the benefits of accepting reality as it’s currently showing up. This post offers 7 of my favorite strategies to help develop acceptance and inner peace. These tips can also increase the chances of a good outcome post-acceptance. They’re not

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LifeLove

How Acceptance Can Change Your Life

How Acceptance Can Change Your Life   One of the greatest sources of stress is not accepting life and people as they are. This lesson was brought home to me a while back as I sat in a construction jam. Tapping my fingers impatiently against the steering wheel. Muttering words we don’t let our pre-schooler say

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Stress Less and Feel Better

Stress Less and Feel Better   Stress. Wherever you look, there it is. Or not? Stress, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Put simply, we experience stress because of the way we perceive things. This means what seems stressful to one person may not to another. Stress is also a part of

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How-To GuideLife

Aromatherapy Healing Oils – Tips and Recipes

Aromatherapy Healing Oils Tips and Recipes   Ever smelled something and suddenly felt better – or worse – without knowing why?  Wonder how come? The ancient art of aromatherapy taps into this phenomenon. Based on the idea that our feelings are impacted by different scents, aromatherapy uses our sense of smell to improve mood and elicit

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LifeLoveUncategorized

Banish Negative Self Talk in 5 Easy Steps

Banish Negative Self Talk in 5 Easy Steps   The other day, I stubbed my toe. So hard, I thought I’d broken it.  “Ow!” I yelled, crumpling over. “That hurts like a mother!”  Not my finest moment, I admit. I sat down, cradling my foot and grimacing in pain. Which was when our 5 year

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Life

5 Tips to Fall Asleep – and Stay Asleep

5 Tips to Fall Asleep – and Stay Asleep   Oh how I hate it. Tossing and turning restlessly. Lying in bed, watching minutes turn into hours. Stressing about the negative impact on body, mind and mood. It’s enough to make a person frantic. Not being able to sleep, in a word, sucks.  I’d rather

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