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Holidays can be joyous or tough, depending on the memories and rites of passage you have tied up in them. What’s your willingness to address this?  The older we are the fuller they become with rich fodder that defines our life. What can we do with all this? This holiday was poignant for me. My …

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Do you have friends who are like family? Framily is what we call them. They have played an important role in seeing me though many junctures of my life. Having just taken a little out-of-town trip with a group of friends and while there, rendezvoused with a childhood girlfriend I haven’t seen in 22 years, …

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I am always surprised to learn about the old baggage people carry. The thoughts are never good. They may look great on the outside, but inside they think things like: “I’m not good enough, I’m stupid, I have to be perfect, I can’t trust anyone, I have to please everyone”. In a three-day clinical training …

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Does managing your anxiety take work?  Consider the good news from neuroscience that says we can make it better. Anxiety certainly seems to be pervasive, judging on how often I see it in those I serve. One of the differences between us and other animals is we haven’t perfected ways of releasing it like they …

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TRUST…

It’s been a time of interesting lessons on trust. As my husband, Lee, transitions out of his long-term career into something amorphous in the music business, I have been uneasy. With both of us so busy with our non-profit, I haven’t been developing my own work. “Where is all this going”, has been my anxious …

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It’s been a week of celebrations and rituals of all types. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday and engagement, our son’s swearing in as a lawyer, my husband’s work change, a wedding and Halloween. With more in the planning stages, I realized it’s a constant in our lives and I suspect in yours too. What we …

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When you change your life, it usually includes clearing out what no longer works to relaunch something that’s a better fit. Having done this myself, be sure to carefully consider your next steps so they positively enhance your potential. Last week I wrote about the first 5 steps to clear out what no longer serves …

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Have you ever had a wake-up call where you say – this isn’t working – It’s time to clear things out and make a change? Whether it comes from a quiet voice inside or on the heels of struggle that has finally come to a head, you know you need to follow your instincts. It …

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We needed a change, a different vibe. We have been on a relentless schedule organizing five big events over the last several months and had hit a wall. We usually take a vacation in the summer, but this year we were too busy to leave town. Never again, I said. Its one thing to work …

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We hosted a wedding reception for friends at our home.  It was an amazing experience in unexpected ways. I told my girlfriend, I have not been in a situation where the attention to details was so exacting, going beyond my own tendencies. Her comment, about the importance of being true to yourself hit a chord …

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