Accidental Joy

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Guitar classes.  My husband gave me a series at McCabe's for Christmas this year.  I haven’t played since I was in college but was inspired to pick it back up again after all this time. It is definitely harder on this old brain to make it all work – fingering and plucking and reading and rhythm.  But it is a fantastic reminder that it is diligence and persistence that make the difference, because at each class we are all a little … [Read more...]

Guess the substance? Guess the addiction?

A patient of mine, we’ll call her Jane, described the following process.  She had manysymptoms that not only aggravated her, they also scared her.  She was worried she was deteriorating very rapidly. Here were her symptoms:  Poor energy and stamina: she did not feel refreshed after a full night’s sleep and had an afternoon slump.  Her hip joints became painful and stiff over the past year to the point where she limped.  Additionally, her … [Read more...]

Five Steps for Creating Empowered Strategy

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When it comes to breaking old habits, sometimes I struggle to get out of my own way. Or worse, I make decisions too quickly and find myself in the same situation further down the road. It's frustrating and would make me feel powerless. Last year, I started paying attention to my own decision-making process and figured out five steps to improve it and my life. And what a difference it has made! Just five steps: … [Read more...]

Bringing Sacred Back One Routine At A Time

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Bringing Sacred Back One Routine at a Time A day in the life of living in ritual… If you think of it, every life is comprised of ritual; from the way we get up in the morning and tend to the nuances of our day to the moment it’s time to slumber. We can chose to think of this as our routine or change the way we perceive our experiences. I’m curious. What would a shift in perception do to our connection with spirit and with each other? That … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Add More Play To Your Day

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Five Ways To Add More Play To Your Day By Shelby Phillips Weinstein Dr. Stuart Brown has spent much of his career studying the benefits of play for adults. He says we shouldn't just set time aside to play, instead we should infuse each moment with it! I love that. But how do I do that? Really do that? Especially when I have a propensity for the serious side of life? Shocking I know, but true nonetheless. I have given this a great deal of … [Read more...]

I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance

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I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance By Marianne Simon You know what I mean. Tired of worrying about what people think. Tired of worrying about hurting people’s feelings. Tired of being afraid to make a mistake. Tired of talking quietly, cautiously. Tired of making waves, tired of tiptoeing thru life. I’m tired of holding it in, sucking it up. Tired of keeping it back. Tired of smiling until my cheeks crack. Tired of not trusting … [Read more...]

Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)!

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Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)! By Marianne Simon I am questioning when it became such a great skill to be able to multi-task. Maybe it is my age showing. Or maybe it’s just plain scary to watch a bike rider texting on their phone with one hand while taking a puff of a cigarette with the other. And for myself I know that when I eat lunch while entering my receipts in Quickbooks, I only up with a belly ache and grease all … [Read more...]

Dating Dilemma: What’s Worse – Being With An Imperfect Man Or Being Alone?

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Dating Dilemma: What's Worse - Being With An Imperfect Man Or Being Alone? By Julie Ferman As women, one of our “gifts” from our Creator is our amazing ability to discern. In the grocery store, we girls are masterful at picking out the absolute best banana from the bunch, the juiciest grapefruit and the freshest, most delectable tuna filet. Being picky about fruit and fish? This is good… But being overly picky about the men we choose to … [Read more...]

Sometimes Silence Speaks The Loudest

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Sometimes Silence Speaks The Loudest By Marianne Simon In the Midst of All the Noise and Confusion, Sometimes Silence Speaks the Loudest. As speakers we want to stand out, to have people take notice. But often, in the attempt to gain the attention, the tendency is to look out at what others are doing, so we strive to be funnier, louder, more daring than everyone else. Unfortunately, in focusing on what others are doing, we lose the key … [Read more...]

Stepping Into Our Sexuality As Speakers

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Stepping Into Our Sexuality As Speakers By Marianne Simon There is nothing more beautiful, more powerful, than seeing a woman who is confident in herself and her sexuality. Over the years, I’ve heard that, seen it, and sometimes felt it for myself. However, what I had not realized is how much that energy can affect our presence when we are speaking on stage. This last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Thrive Client Attraction … [Read more...]