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One Positive Change

The world we live in today can be overwhelming at times. We worry about everything from world peace to peace at our own dinner table. It can be extremely challenging to direct our energy into areas that we have more control over: we can find ourselves getting lost in the negatives that are beyond our…

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Ending The Tug-Of-War

Does this sound familiar? You’re in a meeting. There’s a problem to be solved. Someone throws out an idea with oodles of rationale only to be countered by someone else with an opposing one. Then the volley begins. The bystanders choose who to support or stay silent on the sidelines. Egos are at stake and,…

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Getting Along

Sometimes I like to think, “Can’t we all just get along?” Other times, especially with everything in the news these days, I wonder at the naiveté of such thinking. We all have our personal interests, desires and goals – “what we want” out of the moment, the day, and our lives. How can we expect…

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You’re On Your Own

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was the iconic figure immortalized in TV and print ads for the cigarette brand. Always pictured out on a prairie or in some quintessentially western American landscape, wearing a cowboy hat and alone with his horse, he radiated a rugged, manly self-reliance. Like the cowboy, the Marlboro Man was an…

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100% Chance of Rain

A few years ago, our family discovered a dog-friendly beach in the Florida panhandle. We piled our belongings and our Labrador retriever and drove 18 hours to this relaxing, non-commercialized vacation spot. Available activities consist mainly of sitting by the ocean, walking along the water, kayaking, hiking in the state park, watching sunsets, and nighttime…

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#Adulting

#Adulting is trending all over social media. “Officially a home owner!!! #adulting,” “Didn’t think I’d spend my entire Saturday at a home improvement store. #adulting”, “Increased my 401k contribution. Only 40 more years until retirement. #adulting”. There are two components to adulting:  1) the action and 2) the humble brag. The action of adulting, as…

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From High Chair to High School

So, today is my oldest daughter’s first day of high school and I ask myself, how can this be? Rationally, I know that she has grown-up, gone to grade school, and is now at that magical age of 14 years old where kids typically transition to high school. However, the irrational side of me doesn’t…

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What’s That Smell?

As a Consultation Specialist, I talk to managers, supervisors, and Human Resources professionals every day about concerns in their workplaces. I never know what the caller on the other end of the phone is going to call about and just when I feel like I’ve heard every scenario in the book, I’ll hear something new.…

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If I Had It To Do Over Again…

There is a movie that I enjoy called Peggy Sue Got Married. For me, it’s an unusual choice, given that I typical enjoy suspense movies and historical dramas, and Peggy Sue is a gentle, sentimental story about love and relationships. It stars Kathleen Turner as a woman in her early 40s, on the brink of…

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A Balancing Act

One summer, when one of my kids was a preschooler, I discovered she liked macaroni and cheese; in fact, she liked it so much, I started serving it almost every day for lunch. It was easy, she never complained, and things that reduce stress in everyday life tend to look amazingly appealing. Then one day,…