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Blog Entries - 2011

Why wait?

Posted on: December 7, 2011
Tags: General musings

I heard a song on the radio yesterday that made me stop and take a figurative double take. The woman was singing about being worried every time the phone rang because she was afraid it would be “the other woman” calling her husband away. She went

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The thrill of victory and the illusion of defeat.....

Posted on: November 23, 2011
Tags: Insights

It’s amazing how powerful the mind is. We can think ourselves into all sorts of perspectives. For instance, we can choose to see events as failures or simply a redirection of our plan. (Who said our way was the best way for things to go in the first

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"The" vs. "My"

Posted on: November 15, 2011
Tags: Insights

There can be a huge difference between trying to be “The” best at something versus working at being “my” best at something. That may sound like a terribly obvious statement but really getting it can make a big difference. Anyone who

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What time is it?

Posted on: November 4, 2011
Tags: General musings

Years ago there was a show on TV called Northern Exposure. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time. It was quirky and fun and always surprising. One of the things I like the most about it was that there was always a bit of philosophy in it, a bit of

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A mole hill out of a mountain

Posted on: October 24, 2011
Tags: General musings

How many plastic bags do you have in your house? You know, the ones you get at the grocery store and Target and Walgreens and on and on and on. They do come in very handy for things like garbage can liners. Sometimes it's hard to believe that we got along

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Another layer

Posted on: October 21, 2011
Tags: Overcomin obstacles

I have often heard that doing the inner work on oneself is like peeling an onion. No matter how many layers you get through, there always seems to be more layers to deal with. It's not always obvious when a layer has been peeled away so I was quite surprised

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Well, it's sort of true

Posted on: October 17, 2011
Tags: General musings

Over the weekend I heard the phrase again that "80% of success in life is just showing up". Well, I'll agree that you have to show up in order for something to happen but simply showing up doesn't guarantee that something will happen. Trust me, I've gone to

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The Universe speaks!

Posted on: October 15, 2011
Tags: Insights

This summer I went to a personal development workshop. It was called Basic and is offered through Life Success Seminars. It was an amazing experience! Even though I don't usually get much out of meditations/visualizations, that particular weekend things were

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That darn chicken and egg!

Posted on: October 3, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

I was wondering something the other morning while I way lying in bed, trying to manifest a good attitude. Which comes first, the circumstance or the mood? Am I in a bad mood because of my current circumstances or has my bad mood drawn negative circumstances

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Do you want it or not?

Posted on: September 26, 2011
Tags: Insights

What was the last big insight you had into your own life? I’m hoping that you’ve had at least a few of them. You know, those shifts in perspective that change your whole life. Maybe the more important question is: What did you do after the

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Beyond fear

Posted on: September 24, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

When I find myself in the middle of what I conside a crisis, it's hard to believe that there can really be any other state of mind. It's like Woody from "Toy Story" says "This is the perfect time to panic!" I struggle with some health issues and I have to

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Some things don't need fixing

Posted on: September 8, 2011
Tags: Insights

Recently I was watching some birds out at the bird feeder when I noticed one of the birds acting oddly. I went outside to check it out and the bird didn't fly away. I got about 2 inches away from it and it still didn't fly away. I thought maybe it was

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Too busy fighting to eat?

Posted on: September 5, 2011
Tags: General musings

Recently I was at a friend's house and got to watch the hummingbirds at her feeder. The feeder has four perches on it but that doesn't mean that I ever saw four hummingbirds feeding. It was amazing to see how infrequently any of then got any food at all. They

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Glitter Girl

Posted on: September 2, 2011
Tags: General musings

What do glitter and fine china have in common? Both tend to be reserved for special occasions. At least in my life. Well, I don’t actually have any fine china but I have heard that most people who do only use it for holiday or special meals. I used

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Reunited

Posted on: August 30, 2011
Tags: Insights

Who knew? I sure didn’t! Did you know that it’s a very common phenomenon for women to feel separate from their bodies? I recently have been made aware of the fact that for most of my life I have been at odds with my body and considered it

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It's not exactly what you think.

Posted on: July 12, 2011
Tags: Books that will rock your world

I recently read a great book that I wanted to share. As a life coach who deals a lot with life purpose issues, I often talk to people about what they “should” be doing with their lives as far as their job goes. Everyone is searching for their

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Lesson learned.

Posted on: June 7, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

My new car is great! I got all the little stuff fixed and I’m loving it! Especially the fact that it has a cassette deck! (I know, how 80’s!) But, the fact that I probably did pay too much for it was rolling around in my head for days. Then I

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What price enthusiasm?

Posted on: May 5, 2011
Tags: General musings

Recently I had to go through the unpleasant (to me) process of buying a car. I love driving Honda Civics and thanks to a recent accident, I was in the market for a new used one. After a long internet search, I found 2 in my town that were close enough to what

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A good day's work.

Posted on: April 22, 2011
Tags: General musings

Last weekend my mom and her husband came into town for a visit. I love it when they show up because I know that lots of projects are going to get done! The main project of this trip was to run electricity to our shed in the back yard. When I heard the words

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Enough is enough.

Posted on: April 5, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

As mentioned in my last post, I've been dealing with some health issues lately. And I've been dealing with food issues for about the past 10 years, as it relates to certain symptoms. Let's just say that I've been dealing with this stuff for a LONG time. In

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Bruised but victorious!

Posted on: March 31, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

How often do you have an opportunity to face one of your core issues with one simple action? Me neither but I did have that chance recently. Due to some health issues, I have sought the help of a nutritionist and one of the aspects of learning more about

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Trust the indigenous guide.

Posted on: March 1, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

My goal for February was to read the book "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield AND do all the exercises in the book. In the introduction Jack recommends reading the entire book first and then go through it a second time and THEN do the exercises. Boy was

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A simple "Thank you" will do.

Posted on: February 13, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I'm not sure if men do this or not, but women, when confronted with a compliment, will jump through hoops to explain how it is they come to have such a beautiful sweater, or swear that it was nothing to get up at the crack of dawn to start preparing

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Run, Polly, Run!

Posted on: February 13, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I love to run. I was in track when I was a kid and I always enjoyed running, especially around my neighborhood at night. I've never had the urge to get crazy about it and undertake a marathon but nothing feels quite like it. About 10 years ago I had given it

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Connected or not.

Posted on: February 8, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I have often heard that the Universe rewards action. But, not necessarily in ways that make sense or that I can attribute a direct cause and effect relationship to. This month I'm reading a book about how to become successful. I've been doing the exercises

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Control the controlables.

Posted on: February 6, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Tomorrow my mom is going into the hospital to have her second knee replacement surgery. The first one went so well last year and she got so much relief from all the pain she had been in, she decided to get the other knee done. It's always a bit scary when

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Nike had it right!

Posted on: February 4, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Well, there are two big lessons that I'm taking away from my recent reading. 1. Visualization of one's goals is a key component of success. 2. Take action! I've heard about visualizing what I want in as much detail as possible, blah, blah, blah for years. The

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Fear of failure or fear of success?

Posted on: February 2, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I had never really thought about the idea of the Fear of Success until a few years ago when I read about it. I always assumed people wanted success. Who doesn’t, right? Well, lots of folks want success but they are afraid of what else might come with

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Whew!

Posted on: February 1, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Well, I successfully (mostly) made it through January making a blog post every day. I missed one day due to some poor planning but I’m happy to say that it wasn’t any more than that! I have to say that I really like setting a goal that I commit to

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Thanks for the reminder.

Posted on: January 31, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit anxious about things that feel out of my control. Now I know that literally there is nothing actually in my control except me. The more enlightened part of me knows that. It also knows that I am powerful beyond measure.

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The actual goal.

Posted on: January 30, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Recently I was at a Toastmasters meeting. We have a new location as of January 10, 2011. We are now located at a church that has a gymnasium next to our room. Last Monday there were a lot of shoe squeaking sounds coming into the room. I got up to close the

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Where are you looking?

Posted on: January 29, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I’ve noticed lately when I walk I tend to look down. Obviously I look up when I come to an intersection or often enough so that I don’t get lost (much) but for the most part, I’m looking down just a few steps ahead of where I am. Then today

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It's coming!

Posted on: January 28, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Today I noticed that it was still light outside at 6:00 pm. I always get so excited this time of year when the days are getting a little longer all the time. I love the cold weather but I'm not so fond of all the darkness. As I begin to notice the increased

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The magic of music

Posted on: January 27, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I love music. I love listening to it, making it and dancing to it. My tastes run from one end of the spectrum to the other (except for non-melodic jazz). I can listen to Aerosmith on day and Josh Groban the next. I can always find music to either fit the mood

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Expectation vs. Reality

Posted on: January 26, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I heard a saying once that went something like this: Blessed are those with no expectations for they are never disappointed. I’ve always liked that saying and try to keep it in mind whenever things go other than planned. (I will admit that I still have

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Ouch!

Posted on: January 25, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Most of us have been exposed to the idea that we create our own reality, that the choices we make give us the life we are currently living. That applies whether we’re happy or unhappy. It’s a bit of a hard pill to swallow to know that each of us

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The comfort zone prison

Posted on: January 24, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

This morning I had a new client to see on the other side of town. When the traffic report came on the radio, I listened with rapt attention since I would soon be traveling on three different expressways. Good grief!! There were accidents and major back ups on

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Shut up!

Posted on: January 23, 2011
Tags: General musings

Some films have narrators that fill you in on the thoughts that the characters are having. You know, that running dialogue that goes on while you watch the scene. They do this so that you understand more of what’s going on and what the character’s

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Still awesome after all these years!

Posted on: January 22, 2011
Tags: General musings

I could hardly believe it! This morning before work I was watching coverage of the Australian Open. When the live coverage ended, the Tennis Channel aired a match that took place in the Spring of 2010. I was speechless. The match was between Jim Courier and

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Dog zen

Posted on: January 21, 2011
Tags: General musings

Dogs are amazing. Every day they wake up without a thought of what happened yesterday. They don’t obsess about having been yelled at the day before or worry about whether or not we will love them any more. They are always in the moment, putting

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Two, four, six, eight, how do you appreciate?

Posted on: January 20, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

Although we can be quick to notice the things that we don’t like in a relationship or that drive us crazy about someone, we should also remember to notice to great things people bring into our lives. We all have people in our lives that have made a

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It should have been obvious, but.....

Posted on: January 19, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

Have you ever found yourself stopped in your tracks by a seemingly innocuous action? That phone call you’ve been meaning to make……for the past 6 months. The appointment you know you need to get to, but keep cancelling. I’m sure

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Tennis anyone?

Posted on: January 18, 2011
Tags: General musings

It’s that time of year again. Tennis time that is! I’m a huge fan of the game even though I don’t play. I remember my dad taking me to a match between Bjorn Borg (my favorite player!) and Ivan Lendl. Borg lost but I didn’t care. I was

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The limits of judgment

Posted on: January 17, 2011
Tags: Insights

The mind is an amazing thing. When used with intention, it is a tool with great strength and great ability. However, when it’s allowed to wander willy nilly, it can create all sorts of havoc, including judgment. It can pass judgment with stunning speed.

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Ask for what you want, even in this job market

Posted on: January 16, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

One of my favorite shows on the radio on Saturday mornings in Marketplace Money. They cover money from a lot of different angles. Yesterday I heard a story about looking for a job in today’s job market. Believe it or not, the advice from a recruiter and

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Sweet songs

Posted on: January 15, 2011
Tags: Communing with nature

I love winter. I love being outside in the cold weather. But there is a big difference between cold and really cold! It’s amazing what a difference 10 degrees makes. Lately it’s been about 15 – 25 degrees outside (really cold). But this

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Poor planning

Posted on: January 14, 2011
Tags: Insights

How often have you had something to do and you keep putting it off because you know you’ll have enough time later. Only to find out that there is a problem with how to get it done and, not that it’s so late, you can’t fix it in time or get

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Shake things up!

Posted on: January 12, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

When was the last time you did something different? Something outside your comfort zone? Or even something even slightly different from you normal routine? It’s easy to get hypnotized by the day to day structures of our lives. Let’s face it, they

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The switch

Posted on: January 11, 2011
Tags: Insights

It’s always an interesting realization to discover that something we originally had to do, has become something that we want to do. I’ve been on a liver cleanse for the past week. The full length is supposed to be 14 days. I committed to it for

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So soon?

Posted on: January 10, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

This evening I was at Toastmasters meeting. I’ve been a member for about 8 years now and I still love it! Someone was giving a speech and noted that by today’s date, January 10th, a majority of those who made New Year’s resolutions have

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Words of wisdome

Posted on: January 9, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

They can show up at any time or any where. Say, for instance, JC Pennys. I know that may seem an odd place to find wisdom but that’s exactly what happened today. I went there looking for a piece of jewelry. As I was looking around, one brand had their

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Dedication or madness

Posted on: January 8, 2011
Tags: Communing with nature

Today it was about 24 degrees outside. That’s to be expected since it is the middle of winter. What I didn’t expect was to see a huge kite being flown at one of the local parks. Don’t get me wrong. I love winter. I love spending time outside

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The best of times, the worst of times

Posted on: January 7, 2011
Tags: Pursuing my dream

Music. We all have types that we like to listen to. Some of us embark on the arduous journey of learning to play the darn stuff. I happen to have picked the banjo. I love the sound of it! I know that probably puts me in a minority but so be it. Learning to

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Illusions

Posted on: January 6, 2011
Tags: Books that will rock your world

“Illusions” is one of my all time favorite books. It was written by Richard Bach and I was led to it after reading one of his other titles, a little book you may have heard of called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. I just finished

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The gift of challenges

Posted on: January 5, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

We all try to achieve a certain amount of comfort in our lives. Let’s face it, comfort is nice! It can mean enough food when we’re hungry, enough toys to enjoy ourselves with or enough routine so that we don’t have to think about much on a

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Taking hostages

Posted on: January 4, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

No, I’m not holed up somewhere with a gun making a list of demands. I was thinking more in terms of what taking hostages is all about: Do what I want or someone gets hurt. That seems to be the basic premise and actually, those opportunities come up on a

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Obsession

Posted on: January 3, 2011
Tags: General musings

It’s amazing how something that I didn’t even know existed yesterday can take me over. Let me explain. I got a pair of pants for Christmas from NY&C. Not a store I would usually shop in. To be honest, there is no clothing store that I frequent

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They take work.

Posted on: January 2, 2011
Tags: General musings

Relationships take work. Period. Unless you’re the type to cut and run at the first sign of trouble. So maybe I need to change that first sentence to “Long-term relations take work.” The challenging thing is that the type of work required

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Happy New Year!

Posted on: January 1, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

This year I have decided not to make any resolutions for the new year but to look at what I want to differently in my life from a monthly perspective. Planning for the whole year is too much for my ADD-like brain to focus on and execute. So, this year

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