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Another year older

Another year older

Like most things this year, we had different plans for this weekend. Like many times this year, there have been feelings that felt like us being sad, disappointed, and frustrated. Like on many occasions this year, we had to adjust, try something new, and appreciate...

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Lessons from the garden

Lessons from the garden

All summer. It took me all summer to grow these carrots. They were the two biggest carrots in the garden, the others coming in at a fraction of their size. Earlier in the summer I got a bee in my bonnet that I just had to have a garden. I just had to build a garden....

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No one is coming to save me…

I spent the majority of my life being a perfectionist, a people pleaser, with an I want to belong mentality. I believed so deeply that this was the way to go about life that I would act these ways at all costs. No price was too high, even if it meant that it cost my...

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You are here

I see you. You are here in this place, in this moment, and you are going to be okay. That’s what I wish that someone had said to me countless times when I was in the thick of it, trying to keep my head just above the water. Those times when I was trying to do it all,...

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Looking vs. Seeing

It turns out that I was looking, but not seeing. These past six months have given me a lot of time. Time for reflection. Time for learning. Time for growth. And through this time I have come to realize that I have spent a majority of my life looking, but not seeing....

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Bravery

I don’t think that bravery is being scared and doing it anyway. To me, bravery is knowing all that’s at stake, the good and the bad, and having the courage to risk the outcome anyway. While planning for our trip to the Adirondacks, the kids and my husband were so...

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This is me…

No filter, no excuses, and no more flipping self body shaming! You see this yellow bathing suit? Well it is one of three suits that I bought for our family’s trip to Mexico this week. Do you know how many suits like this I have owned in my life? NONE! Why? Because I...

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Changing Your Inner Dialogue

Inner dialogue is different for everyone. Some people are barely conscious that it exists, where as some might hear it running in their mind nonstop. More likely than not though, we tend to hear our negative inner dialogue shouting out loud and clear, while our...

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Getting Our Power Back

This isn’t normal. This is not something that I chose. This is not what I want to be doing right now. I just want to have control again. I just want to feel like me again. These are the thoughts that have been going through my mind lately. If I’m honest, these...

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Learning as I go: Oranges

As I was washing my mug out this morning I noticed that we had far too many oranges to eat in a reasonable amount of time. So what could I do with them? I did a little research and decided to try a little project...or two.  I learned that there are several benefits to...

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Why is water so important?

To say I'm obsessed with water is an understatement. I am almost always drinking it. I always have at least one container of it with me at all times. I post about it on my Facebook and Instagram stories at least once a day. I track my input ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY!...

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Letting Go Of Self Comparisons

I have been a teacher for 16 years now, and being that I am a teacher I have an unquenchable thirst for learning. I yearn for learning about new topics, about myself, about those around me, and about the world that is open to me. In doing so, I also yearn to teach...

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How do you take a hill?

What started off as one podcast last September has turned into at least one a day. And so, I have listened to a great number of podcasts over the last 10 months. I find the knowledge that I gain from them inspiring and I find the questions that they cause me to raise...

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The Labels Placed Upon Us

It’s funny how once and a while life puts something or someone in front of you that makes you question things that would otherwise lay dormant. Sometimes it’s done subtly, and sometimes not. Sometimes we ignore what has been presented, and sometimes we don’t....

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Guilt

As far back as I can remember I have been a student of “guilt”. I say “student” because guilt is a feeling that we are taught to feel. We aren’t born feeling this way. It is not a feel that is inherently natural that we develop. We learn this feeling, this way of...

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Gratitude

I had received a gratitude journal as a gift about 9 months ago. It was a slender, pale orange/corral colored notebook, with a leaf and the word Gratitude embossed in gold on the front. It seemed like a sweet idea, but I was really doubtful that it was something I...

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The Value of Support

The topic of support is not one I take lightly. I believe down to my soul that if given the right kind of support a person can be helped to work through anything, a hard situation, an obstacle standing in their way, or pushing forth into working towards a new goal....

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Fear

Fear seems to be the stopping block for a lot of people trying new things, so I thought I would address it and prove that there isn’t anything out there to fear. There are two types of fear Separation/Abandonment/Rejection and Humiliation. Separation is the feeling...

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Goal Setting

Setting goals for ourselves during the year are just like New Year’s Resolutions. They sound like a good idea, we are super pumped up as soon as we set them for ourselves, we have every intent of keeping them, and most of us are good with keeping them for a little...

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