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"Oh my, she's let herself go..."

I've gone soft. Some might say that I've let myself go. (not to my face, of course; that wouldn't be nice) I've been cramming myself into jeans that haven't fit for a while now.  I hurt my back in September and haven't been able to…

Tiny acts of rebellion

I didn't get my nails done. I went to the nail salon with my daughter, Carmen, who was very excited about getting her nails done, and I turned down the service for myself. This was not an earth-shattering decision by any means. I didn't…
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The Power to Change Your Life Lies in Hard Choices

Saying no to a friend, a colleague, or a family member. Speaking up when you're afraid—staying quiet when others are not.  Exercising, avoiding crappy food and booze, steering clear of drama, and gossip. They're not called hard choices for…
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If You Want More Freedom Create Better Boundaries

It sounds counterintuitive, doesn't it?  Boundaries are lines that mark limits, and freedom is the power to act, speak, or think without restraint.  If those definitions are accurate, how it possible to have more freedom by creating limits? Aren't…
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I'm a verbal affirmation junkie.

There. I said it. I'm a verbal affirmation junkie, an addict if you will.  I'm addicted to words and praise and adoration from other people. As I write, I'm battling the fantasies of comments I'll get (or won't get) in response.  The…
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What would you say today if you knew tomorrow you'd never speak again?

Don’t gloss over this question with the standard response, “I’d tell my loved ones how much I love them.” Of course, you would. Go deeper. There’s more, isn’t there?  More people you’d talk to? More questions you’d ask?…
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You're Built for a Time Such as This

You're built for a time such as this. My friend, I can't think of anyone better to handle what's going on in the world right now than you. Yep, you.  There's no one I can think of that's better equipped to handle the impact of health,…
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"I'm feeling a little resistance"

My friend Jen and I send each other messages over Voxer pretty much daily.  We’re small business owners and self-proclaimed nerds trying to figure out the world of entrepreneurship. We share war stories, successes, and do our best to hold…
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Finding your voice is a consistent choice

“The path to finding your real voice is just one click away!”   “Find your true voice in just two days!”   “Seven steps to finding your authentic voice…”   Can we please stop now? Despite what popular…