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October 2, 2017
Do I Have To Be Excellent or Good Enough?

Last week, our daughter called to tell us she was struggling with a class.  She’d already dropped this class once so she felt some serious pressure to get through it.  And, she’s a people pleaser through-and-through so she is serious about getting good grades and keeping that GPA up.  I take credit – and blame […]

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September 25, 2017
The Ego vs The Soul: Only One Can Prevail

What is the Job of the Ego? The ego has a primary job – to make you feel self-important.  The ego accomplishes this by showing you where you are “better” than others and beating you to death with how you are “less” than others.  Your inner critic is the voice of the ego.  That part […]

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September 18, 2017
Covering Your But...

Okay, I’ll admit it -- I stole this title from a cell phone commercial.  It’s so perfect I’ll take the risk …. I know you have a habit you want to build or a habit you want to stop or a goal you want to reach.  Likely there are several.  I’ve asked around and here […]

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September 11, 2017
If You Can't Say Something Nice ...

We all know how that phrase ends …. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all (my father said it better … If you can’t say something nice, then keep your damn mouth shut.) What the phrase doesn’t say is that if we can’t say something nice then lie!  Re-read that […]

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September 4, 2017
It Matters ... It Shouldn't Matter!

Several weeks ago, I joined Orange Theory Fitness (OTF). It’s a pretty hardcore workout that pushes you to earn “splat points” or to be in the “orange zone”.  Now, I’m fit and doing the workout is tough but doable.  Yet, I cannot get those damn splat points.  I know I shouldn’t do it, but I […]

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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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    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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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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