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Exhausted? Try panning for gold.

Exhausted? Try panning for gold.

Here’s something you can easily do so that you come to the end of the day feeling inspired rather than exhausted from the whirlwind of details you handle.If you’ve ever stopped here and there during the day to really analyze what you’re dealing with, you know it’s a lot more than you usually articulate.  You thought you were just trying to bring in the mail — but on the way, you found the puddle the dog left, the pile of socks and shoes in the den, and wouldn’t you know — the light didn’t come on when you opened the garage door.  Or —...

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Emotional thorns are tiny but powerful

Emotional thorns are tiny but powerful

It’s well-documented that I should be excluded from doing yard work.  Any insurance company looking at my record would recognize the wisdom of immediately calling in the Coast Guard rather than paying the bills that result when I take the DIY approach.  This was particularly well illustrated the time that I, a novice, attempted to mow the lawn and fell into a rose bush.  Surely it’s obvious that the surgical removal of the thorn from my knee (read: injection, scalpel, etc.) was far more costly for the insurance company than a willing teen helper.  (Add to that my racing to answer...

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“We’ll get you there.”

“We’ll get you there.”

One day last winter I was talking with a vivacious young mother of three — two little boys and a little girl.  I’ve long since forgotten her larger topic, because I was so taken with something she said almost parenthetically. Her little girl, age eight, she explained, wanted to be able to sail a boat someday.  Her dream seemed hopelessly out of reach to her.  In response to her mom’s empathic comments, the child said sadly, “But I can’t sail a boat…” Without so much as a thought, because it was so natural to her, her mom responded, “That takes...

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The Target Fix

It’s Saturday again, catch-up day.  You’d think what I’d be craving is a day to lie down with a tall glass of lemonade and a good book, especially since it’s 99º (again), but really what I want is to clear the thicket around me (picture Prince Charming hacking through the jungle in Sleeping Beauty).  My daughter’s cricket pads (really), the shoes that have made a home by the back door, the stove that hasn’t looked right since Rescue pads disappeared from the stores, a stack of things in the “Today!” pile on my desk, the parrot cage, which is frankly pretty dismal – the absence of...

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What Are You Really Hungry For?
A One Woman’s Voice Book Group

You Are Invited to One Woman’s Voice, a book group! We’ll be talking about Geneen Roth’s Appetites: the search for true nourishment. When: Monday, August 8, 2011 at 7:00 Where: The Self Development Place at 210 W. Loveland Ave. in Historic Loveland Cost: It’s FREE — but register now, because seating is limited.To register, please submit the form at the end of this post.If you’re an Oprah fan, or, alternately, if you’ve ever searched the shelves for the key to the dieting dilemma, you’ve come across Geneen Roth.Roth, the author of a series of...

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A Non-Yoga Alternative to Worry

A Non-Yoga Alternative to Worry

It’s entirely plausible that two tiny words — “what if…” — are responsible for bankrolling a whole host of billion-dollar industries.  It’s hard to think of two words more closely associated with panic; with headaches, heartburn, and sleepless nights. However, there is a way of looking at ‘what if’ questions that holds panic at bay.  Below is an adaptation on worrying about “what if?” that’s quicker than drugs, won’t make you sleepy, requires no physical contortions (and can therefore be done while you’re...

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