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August 28, 2017
Wanna See What Excess Emotional Energy Looks Like ... The Post That Never Happened

The Goal that Must Be Realized When Habits Stop Being Habits, Part 3 Over the last two posts, I’ve worried over good habits that just don’t stick.  One thing I realized is that I had some habits that I don’t need right now.  For example, in the last post, I analyzed the goal of eliminating […]

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August 21, 2017
Pulling My Hair Out for This?? When Good Habits Go Away, Part 2

Obstacles Do Not Block the Path … Obstacles ARE the Path Last week, I started to talk to you about keeping good habits – or, more accurately, why we don’t keep good habits.  I’m going to keep this theme going because right now I’m really struggling to re-build some good habits and stop some bad […]

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August 14, 2017
Why Do We Stop Doing What works? When Habits Stop Being Habits, Part 1

“Act the way I want to feel.” Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin You have a great habit – a habit the works for you – why would you stop? For weeks I did Morning Pages (see below for an explanation of Morning Pages).  Taking the time to do these pages radically helped me work […]

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August 7, 2017
Am I Worthy? Well...Worthy of What?

All right, I need a favor.  I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to pause before you keep reading.  Give your brain/body/heart a second to answer.  Ready? ARE YOU WORTHY? I’ve asked a few people this question and they all said the same thing:  Worthy of What?  Did you ask that? […]

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July 31, 2017
Your Life in One Paragraph

I’ve been reading a book about writing a breakout novel.  The author, Donald Maass, suggested an interesting activity to help distill my passion and therefore my theme.  As soon as I read it, I thought what an interesting idea to do with the story of our own lives.   After reading the following instruction from the […]

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July 24, 2017
Liar Liar Pants on Fire!: Why We Lie

Are You A Liar? Before you answer with an emphatic ‘no’, let’s look at all the ways one can lie: Intentional deception Intentional omission Unintentional deception or omission (does unintentional mean it’s not a lie?) Exaggeration OR Minimization The “White Lie” The “I’m fine” line (a form of minimization) I’m sure there are others but […]

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July 17, 2017
Mollified with Music

Shoutee/Shouter Have you noticed that when you are shouting at someone, they stop listening?  They close down?  If you have children, you can actually see their eyes glaze over.  Now take a second and think about your reaction when someone yells at you.  Do you really get anything out of the interaction other than increased […]

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July 10, 2017
More Valuable Than "Laundry"?: Finding Contentment in Simply Existing

What do you do? ~ a question asked by several people just yesterday Why do we ask that question of people?  It’s almost the very first question we ask, isn’t it?  But that question puts people on the spot.  I suppose, it’s how we try to figure out who people are.  And, truthfully, you can […]

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July 3, 2017
The Misery of Others

As you may know, I’m working on my first novel.  I’m taking all the writing classes I can.  Currently, I’m taking a “Master the Scene” class.  I want to share a sentence: “Readers live for schadenfreude – the delight in the misery of others.” Is that true?  Please don’t just jump to “no, of course […]

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June 26, 2017
Let the Inner Critic Speak: Just Redirect Her!

Our inner critic has one favorite activity – knocking you off your game!  I just wrote another recipe that helped to shut the critic’s mouth.  As I did those activities, I realized I was having a ton of fun with one specific activity: Imagine you are at dinner with a [fictional] character you absolutely HATE.  […]

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