Take Care of Yourself First in 2014

Our lives improve when we engage, when we connect. Transforming ourselves requires that we take care of ourselves first, everything else is secondary. In truth, it is only by taking care of ourselves that we can improve anything. Seriously. Figure out how you relax, what you enjoy, and what you have to offer. Then act on what you learn. ...more
marjo Thank you! Best of luck in the new year. :)more

Nov 27 - No, Thank You!

I resolved awhile ago to stop making New Year's Resolutions.  Why set myself up for failure?  Life has that well enough in hand without any help from little ol' me.   Instead, I try to make both yearly and shorter-term goals, with the acceptance that shit happens, so if they don't get done, it wasn't meant to be....more

An Impossible Task: Culling My Book Collection

Book lovers have spent lifetimes not only putting together meaningful, hugely personal book collections, but also building years’ worth of stories and experiences around each and every book in that collection. Every book represents a moment in our lives, and giving them up is like torching a beloved photo album. ...more
It's a good point that even if you clear out a great many books before you leave, you will ...more

I'll Skip the Resolutions, Thanks

 I used to envy people who made New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come to accept that’s simply not me. Linking personal improvement to changing calendars no more insures I’ll stick to the plan than a false deadline would (think fiscal cliff). My best chances for follow-through come when motivation is strong. Case in point: it’s the first weekend in January and my plans to begin a blog on New Year’s Day are now underway. Had it been a resolution, I’d already be falling behind....more

Post Holiday Detox - How to Keep the Peace Alive

As we begin 2013 here is a list of non-resolutions - things that are motivating not goal oriented - to keep up the momentum for 2013. Small reminders to keep a smile on your face and a bounce in your step - or at least a little warmth in your heart! ...more

The Key to Attainable Goals

One of the wisest women I know – 2 decades older than I am – told me that she had enjoyed the last post of the year on gratitude.  And, she added, “While that’s a good thought, the thought I keep above my computer is about forgiveness.”“Forgiveness of myself comes first,” she said....more

Top 20 New Year's Resolutions for Moms

1. Don't sleep too much (during the day). 2. Don't play with your kids (until they brush their teeth, eat breakfast, and get dressed). 3. Drink too much (water). ...more
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When Resolutions Become Revelations

So it's 2013 and as I try to figure out what my New Year's Resolutions should be, I started wondering if it should be more about what I've learned as opposed to what I'd like to change. ...more

Patience and love in the new year

Supposedly if you want to keep your resolutions, you should make them very specific and measurable. So that’s what I did last year—with mixed results.My list for 2012 included things such as call brothers once a month (lasted until April), run twice a week (started, got injured and restarted), watch one movie a week (not a chance in hell), finish lavender sweater (ditched the sweater and went for a scarf instead, which still isn’t finished) and a host of other items....more

Zero Pounds Lost; Best Year Ever

2012 was the best year of my 50-year-old life.   Most of the other years were really nice but this one was a standout.   In 2012 I didn’t lose a pound, didn’t drop a clothes size, didn’t win the lottery, didn’t find a cure for cancer, didn’t win the Nobel Peace prize, didn’t change my relationship status, and I didn’t run a marathon (not even a half marathon).   My children did not cure cancer either, nor did they get perfect ACT scores, or athletic scholarships, they didn’t invent a million dollar app or get published in a world famous science journal.  I...more