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March 19, 2018
The Vault

How many surgical procedures have you had that you don’t remember? I’m not asking if you don’t remember the surgery itself, I’m asking if you don’t remember the fact that you had a surgery at all. I was sitting with my best friend last week and our discussion lead to her reminding me about a […]

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March 12, 2018
What Narrative Have You Accepted?

“Suddenly people were looking specifically for evidence that backs up the narrative they’ve already accepted, excluding anything that didn’t fit.” Dead End Girl by LT Vargus and Tim McBain I’m going to pose a few scenarios. I’d like you to take a few seconds and see what your mind and body give you. If you […]

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March 5, 2018
What Is Hell?

As many of my readers know, I struggle far too often with suicidal ideation. Yesterday, this was the primary topic at my therapy session. She asked me a variety of questions but the one I want to “talk” to you about is this: What stops me? I have all the tools, I know how, I’m […]

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February 26, 2018
Offended By One...Appeased By Another

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. Brene Brown Recently, I received a message from a someone that …. PISSED me off HURT my feelings Made me feel GUILTY Stirred up RESENTMENT My emotions swirled in that muck all evening. I showed my husband […]

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February 19, 2018
The Pits

The first time was in eighth grade. The little bottles were arranged like soldiers. There were fourteen bottles -- one for every year of my life. I didn’t make that connection then but looking back that seems poetic or foreshadowing. The little red one I remember the most. It was the exact size and shape […]

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February 12, 2018
Dammit

I have purple hair. My husband wears a three-piece suit. We have a dragon for a pet. Our dragon – let’s call her Dammit – loves Oreos and has discovered coffee is quite tasty if it costs $5. Dammit rests on the precipice between an unruly toddler and an insufferable teenager. Give her the Oreos, […]

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February 5, 2018
The Timeout Chair

My husband and I got caught in the Atlanta airport power outage debacle. We sat on an airplane for four hours before they kicked us off. Then we spent two more hours in the airport trying to find a hotel and a plan for getting back home. Oh, and to make it even more fun, […]

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January 29, 2018
Hopeful New Year: A New Way to Define Happy

I was in a group recently and a woman talked about wanting to be happy. The group leader handed her a set of Mixed Emotions cards (see below for a link). She asked her to select ten. In order to explain this better, I’m going to do the same activity. Step One: I’ve gathered my […]

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January 22, 2018
Knowing What's Good for You Is Not Always Good for You

Goal Tracking Pros and Cons Last week I posted my (hopefully) well thought-out goals for the next three months. I’ve finished the “aggressive actions” for most of them – I posted one of those at the bottom so you could see what I mean. Now, the question is how to accomplish these actions. I’ve read […]

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January 18, 2018
This Is My Time

Today is a gift. The past is an illusion and the future is unknown. And so, I am leveraging this day to express my talents, elevate my genius and serve the world. I work for the world. Yes, I work for the world. When I feel afraid, I continue. When I am criticized, I persist. […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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