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When Holidays Hurt

When Holidays Hurt

In the times when everyone around us seems to be enjoying “comfort and joy”, what are we to make of it when that isn’t our experience? (more…)

Ready. Set. GOAL.

Ready. Set. GOAL.

It’s the first week of January.  Have you set your New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you broken them yet?  If you’re like most of us, you’ve set resolutions and—unfortunately—you’ve possibly already broken them.

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New Year Resolutions: All-or-Nothing

New Year Resolutions: All-or-Nothing

As we approach the New Year, we will soon, if not already, be bombarded by the announcements and declarations of New Years resolutions. Like many others, I too have a history of joining in on the excitement to improve and progress at this time of year. This is how it usually pans out: In the first few days following January 1st, I set out to get a cute planner, new calendar, and download the latest apps to help me stay motivated and accountable because well, “failing to plan is planning to fail”. The first couple of days, weeks even, typically go as planned because the adrenaline rush keeps me pumped to stay focused, to keep my eye on the prize. But like many others, it doesn’t take much for me to feel discouraged about my resolutions, usually towards the end of January, when I don’t have my “summer bod” or all my debt isn’t completely paid off yet. Thoughts like, ‘If I can’t do it quickly or perfectly, why bother at all?’ start to creep in. This mentality is known as the all-or-nothing mindset and it can be a slippery slope. All-or-nothing thinking patterns will inhibit me and you from not only achieving your goals but also from learning, living, and thriving while working towards it.

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Sometimes You Shouldn’t Run the Marathon

Sometimes You Shouldn’t Run the Marathon

I signed up for a half marathon this fall…that I didn’t end up running. I stopped training about halfway in. That wasn’t an easy decision for me to make, especially since I sort of pride myself on “doing hard things.” But it was the right decision for me for several reasons. I actually feel that choosing not to run was the harder, and better decision.

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The Naughty List

The Naughty List

For those of us who celebrate Christmas, you and/or the children in your life have probably feared the dreaded promise of coal from Santa for being “naughty”. Let’s face it, we’re all naughty sometimes, even during the holidays. With the fear of being a Scrooge, I’ve decided to talk about how to try and minimize that inevitable naughtiness of children this holiday season – so the children can get their gifts, of course. And maybe also so you can regain some sanity.

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Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Coming to you this month from above the clouds. I’ve been given a very unique privilege of traveling to an island I’ve never heard of to represent one of my nations of citizenship in an international soccer tournament. For the past two weeks, people keep asking me, “are you excited?” To which I think- this is an amazing experience! So why does excitement feel like it’s at the bottom of the string of emotions I’m feeling?

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Making Memories

Making Memories

Holidays are a good time to make memories with the people we love. They are a built-in reminder that the most important things are right in front of us. They also give us a break from typical day to day activities and are an excuse to show our love with time, gifts, and baked goods. (more…)

An Elf Rule

An Elf Rule

Buddy the Elf has some horrible ideas, but there is one rule that he has that is 100% true. And no, it’s not having maple syrup on spaghetti. Buddy tells his father “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” I wondered if this was true and after a quick Google search, I found that there are numerous articles about singing and how it has health benefits: physically, emotionally, and socially. 

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