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  • December 15, 2017
    On January 7, fifteen-years will have magically passed since I quit smoking and transformed my life, by deciding to change one thing.
    I remember grappling with resolutions. Knowing I should quit smoking yet not quite committed. Choosing quit dates, then finding a reason not to follow through. Now the New Year was fast approaching and I extended my quit date to February. 
    February 7, I thought,...

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  • November 26, 2017
    On Thanksgiving Day we picked up several copies of our local gazette and found our story, Pay it forward for Ryan on the front page. A story about giving back, even when you are in pain, in fact, especially when you are in pain. These small steps allowed me to see Joy again.

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  • October 16, 2017
    It is time to put aside your Eeyore tendencies and find your inner Tigger. While optimism is both genetic and learned, it is something we can improve if practiced.
    Join me on a year-long journey with gratitude leading the way and watch your attitude transform. Both, thinking positive and surrounding ourselves with positive people make gratitude infectious. Find your people and uncover gratitude...
    Reframe...

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  • August 20, 2017
    Brain Struggles
    Some day’s time dissolves into nothingness as the pieces I once identified with slip through my fingers. The familiar fades in the distance and I examine the world for something recognizable.
    I know every journey is different and that path is covered in a haze of unknown. The mystery of life unfolds so slowly, revealing meaning through love and challenge, heartache and joy, all...

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  • July 24, 2017
    A lesson during a recent writing course had us return to stories or ideas and rewrite them, a memory from long ago
    The dimly lit room
    The squalid hallway assaulted my senses with dread and disinfectant as they led us to his room. The outdated space with its cold tile floors and blue ticked curtains shifts my gaze from familiar to foreign while this somber scene unravels before us. 
    The cramped...

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  • June 29, 2017
     
    DRINKING | Water - lots of water
    EATING | Panera strawberry salad
    EMBRACING | the spontaneity of summer
    CATCHING | little z's
    ENJOYING | New writing course
    COOKING | as little as possible
    TRYING | healthy eating
    MISSING |  slow days
    FEELING | Relaxed
    LISTENING | The moth
    WATCHING | 
    READING | Chasing slow
    WEARING | flip flops
    PLANNING | summer fun
    WANTING | to run
    NEEDING...

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  • June 25, 2017
    "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us."
    Gratitude: Week 52 (June 18 - June 24)
    Did you notice how swiftly a year went by...
    I did it, I completed (52 weeks) of documenting gratitude by cultivating lists of grace-filled moments each day and writing weekly stories on my journey. This immeasurable expedition of transformation and growth was a welcome shift to start...

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  • June 24, 2017
    "A child has a special way of adding joy to every day." 
    What brought you JOY: Week 25
    There is no need for introduction, joy was simple this week. Pure and simple and perfectly delivered. This week joy arrived as I witnessed my first grandchild come into the world... there are no words, just a wave of emotions, and JOY!
    She is perfect and they brought her into the world in the most loving...

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  • June 18, 2017
    "Gratitude is the vitamin for the soul" 
    Gratitude: Week 51 (June 11 - June 17)
    It has been a wonderful ride, goal, and commitment that even I  was unsure I would be able to complete. But here I am, with one week left to go both glad of sad that I am done.
    I plan to continue my personal journals of gratitude because of the amazing renovations enriched within me, yet ready to move on to other...

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  • June 17, 2017
     "Art is man's expression of his joy in labor."
    What brought you JOY: Week 24
    There are many moments in a week where joy is revealed, but most often I find that joy is discovered with family as I reflect on the pause of conversation and laughter.
    It is with this support when our true selves are revealed, deepening the bond of family and providing a place for joy to flourish, and within each...

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