Cut Out the Clutter

My daughter recently finished college in another state and moved back home for the start of her graduate studies. Although I was extremely excited at the prospect of having her close by for the next two years, I was a little less enthusiastic as I surveyed the vanload of things accompanying her back home. As…

Lisa Mertens, Account Manager at Empathia

Resiliency: My Story

Bouncing back, overcoming adversity, being strong, taking the punches, quick to recover…RESILIENCY. Merriam Webster defines resiliency as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. However, what does that really look like and what does it take to make it happen? Last summer, my husband and I were in a motorcycle…

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Are You Growing Tomatoes in the Shade?

My neighbor has a green thumb. Her yard is filled with beautiful flowers, mature trees, well-trimmed bushes, and her grass resembles a plush green carpet. There are bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths. It is serene. Yet, I am puzzled year after year by the location of the vegetable garden. Why are the tomatoes…

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Resolutions

January is a month when many of us resolve to identify and implement more positive living habits. At a New Year’s Eve gathering, our family took turns sharing our “resolutions”. The responses seemed to involve the typical goals: live more in the present, eat nutritious foods and exercise, do well in school, and even get…

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To Tell the Truth

This past summer, my husband and I visited a small resort community for a weekend vacation. One morning, we headed into a breakfast café and immediately knew this was not the spot where we wanted to eat one of our few meals out during our getaway. While the restaurant was popular and trendy, we were…

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Habits of Happy People

I’m a sucker for lists, so I loved one that I came upon recently called “Nine Habits Happy People Ditched a Long Time Ago,” which are as follows: They don’t compare themselves to other people. They don’t need to succeed on their own. They don’t ignore an obvious source of fun. They don’t wish for…

Everyone has a story

Everyone Has a Story

One of the reasons I love to read novels is the fact that they remind me that everyone has a story. As soon as I start a new book, I begin to learn about the events, relationships, and natural tendencies that make up that person’s life story. I remember hearing recently that young people today…

The benefits of fear

BOO! The Benefits of Fear

The sun is setting sooner than I thought it would. Wouldn’t it be funny if I got lost in the woods? I’m not really in the woods, this is just a park. Stop being dramatic. It’s really getting dark out. The path took us pretty close to the edge of the cliff, watch your feet.…