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March 30, 2020
Annoyance or Abiding Insult: Grudge Part 2

Recently I wrote a blog where I admitted to holding a grudge for two people in my life. Yesterday, while listening to Golden In Death by JD Robb, one of the characters said: “What’s a momentary annoyance for one is a deep abiding insult to another.” I’m left wondering if the two people I begrudge […]

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March 23, 2020
A Professional What?

As I write this post, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 situation and everybody's worried and afraid and hidden in their houses. Not fun. Not awful either. It just is. Today a friend sent me a video about how to survive with teenagers and adult children without killing them. Great video, great information. […]

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March 16, 2020
The Grudge

In my last post, Tit-for-Tat, I wrote this sentence: “I defaulted to my pattern:  Avoid conflict -- hold a grudge that I pretend I don’t hold -- eventually run away from the relationship.” When I wrote that sentence, the word ‘grudge’ seemed to glow and accuse. According to the dictionary, grudge is a “feeling of […]

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March 2, 2020
Tit-For-Tat: Bad Me or Human Nature?

Have you ever discovered something about yourself that you would have sworn wasn’t true? Or has someone ever shown you something about yourself that you denied until the evidence was clear? This happened to me two weeks ago and I, quite frankly, still haven’t decided how I feel about it. Am I a “bad” friend […]

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February 17, 2020
Eating Disorder: A Study in Grief

“Recovery is a lifestyle. You have to change how you see the world and how you see yourself.” ~ The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens If you had the chance to read my last post, Back To Therapy, you know my Eating Disorder has reared her ugly head again. I was naïve to think […]

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February 4, 2020
Body Kindness Sends Me Back To Therapy

If you read one of my recent posts, I had planned to start doing what I’ve been told to do. I had decided to take all that excellent professional advice instead of finding excuses and continuing to whine. I had planned to work through Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN.  I bought the book. I […]

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January 7, 2020
Am I Stuck Like This?

An Introduction to Discovery-Acceptance-Change Recently I was told that we cannot change our character. Is that true? Am I stuck? Are you? Certainly, some aspects of self are hardwired. I have blue eyes. I am five feet tall. I am female. I carry my extra weight around my middle. If I don’t get enough sleep, […]

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December 31, 2019
Why Did You Ask Me?

Has someone ever asked you for advice? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it AND kept complaining about the situation? You sit listening to the whining for the thousandth time. But the person refuses your or anyone’s advice. Do you want to pull your […]

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December 16, 2019
All I Want for My Children

Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard the following phrases in a variety of places (conversations, TV, books) so I decided the Godiverse wanted me to think about this concept: “All I want for my children is for them to be happy.” Doesn’t that sound lovely? But, if that’s truly your only goal for your […]

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December 2, 2019
The Bad Part About The Good Part

As many of you know, I had the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks in Europe and one of those weeks was a solo trip to Scotland. That was GOOD. You may know that I scuba dive. That is GOOD. You may know that I teach and have always been teaching something. That is GOOD. […]

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