Can a Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day Be Beautiful?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if every day went according to plan? For me, that would be coaching, blissfully crossing items off of my to do list, squeezing in a happy chat with someone dear, a little time with my nose in a book, and still being able to whip up a delightful dinner to enjoy with my husband. That would all add up to a practically perfect day. Most days are pretty smooth, but every now and then I feel like I just stepped into Alexander’s world. You know, Alexander from the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, … Read More

The Secret to Eliminating Expectations

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This year, my full of spunk grandson was old enough to participate in a creative project, so part of our post-Thanksgiving celebration included decorating gingerbread men and a gingerbread house together. Artfully arranging decorations (we never called them candy – in fact it was only by accident that he realized they were edible after all the decorating was done!) on the gingerbread men and the house provided hours of entertainment. Exceedingly longer than would normally be anticipated for a 2 ½ year old! When all eight men and the house were complete, he was pleased as punch at what his … Read More

Have You Been Asking the Wrong Questions?

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Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions. -Stephen Covey When it comes to discipline, there are those that seem to gravitate towards it and those that resist. I’ve held a bias for as long as I can remember for doing life in a disciplined way – heavily anchored in habits and routines. Now habits and routines can be a powerful thing if they are the right habits and routines. They can also become a burdensome if you let them. When it comes to shifting to a more free way of doing life, … Read More

7 Reasons to Revise Your Questions

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I will let you in on a little secret: I talk to myself in the car. Most people probably think I’m talking on the phone. I talk to myself while working and doing things around the house as well. Sometimes I speak out loud. Other times the dialogue is all internal. Lest you think I am like an eccentric woman on the edge of sanity, I feel pretty certain you talk to yourself as well. Sometimes I am acutely aware of the conversations I am having with myself. Other times I am engaged in a conversation and I didn’t even … Read More