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  • August 28, 2016
    "You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself"  ~ The Wizard of Oz
    Week Nine (August 21 - August 27)
    Recently I began a course on small courage from my friend Ruth Clark. Just the mention of discovering our courage reminded me of an earlier time when I was first provoked to seek the bravery within.
    It was 2006 and a group of friends were planning a trip to New...

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  • August 21, 2016
    "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go" ~Rumi
    Week Eight (Aug 14-20)
    Summer has been non-stop with parties, weddings, travel and lots of running, and while I savor each and every piece of it, sometimes the overloaded calendar can be too much and I long for quiet. Unearthing time between adventure and avoidance is a bit of a balancing act that I continually struggle to achieve. Either...

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  • August 14, 2016
    "Find your tribe, love them hard" ~Danielle La Porte
    Week Seven (Aug 7-13)
    This week has been filled with celebrations, the start of the Olympics and an amazing concert, opportunities that easily illuminate gratitude, but even on the good weeks I find myself extracting pieces of the past to the crossroads where choice changes us and pain corrodes what is left. 
    Recalling the restarts, when...

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  • August 7, 2016
    Week six (July 31- August 6)
    Six weeks into my 52 weeks of gratitude and I have cultivated a habit that has flourished with possibility  as I recognize the bounty of gifts present in each day. To implement change in any habit, good or bad we just need to begin.
    In order to coordinate change I began by focusing on ways to satisfy the negative with a positive, combining a new habit with...

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  • July 31, 2016
    "When deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive" ~Nelson Mandela
    Week five  (July 24-July 30)
    As I move through life uncovering forgiveness became a fundamental piece of mental health with powerful lessons of love and loss. Each time I acknowledge the gratitude in my days, settled nearby is a discussion of forgiveness which guides the potential of joy and grace that lead...

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  • July 24, 2016
    "Gratitude opens the door to... the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude."  ~Deepak Chopra 
    Week four  (July 17-July 23) 
    I cannot believe we are already four weeks into the #52weeksofgratitude, on average a habit takes 21 days to set and at the end of each day as I fill my journal with my lists of gratitude, I believe the habit of practicing...

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  • July 17, 2016
    "It's not JOY that makes us grateful, it is GRATITUDE that makes us joyful."
    Week three (July 10 - July 16)
    My life is far from perfect; many bumps along this road have steered me off course. Some arrived from the choices I have made and others from events beyond my control, all of them lessons to demonstrate the capacity of gratitude.
    Losing Ryan so young illustrated concerns many will...

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  • July 10, 2016
    "Gratitude changes the lens with which we view the world"
    Week two (July 3-July 9)
    During the hard stuff I often want to flee. Escape was the only message my brain sent in the "fight or flight" scenario, launching a scurry to remove the pain by creating a habit of avoidance and sabotaging my authenticity. And then over time the occasional glass of wine sprouted into a comfortable routine which...

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  • July 3, 2016
    "A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles"
    Week one challenge: Why start this challenge?
    A mindful practice to create a new perspectiveDiscover joy Noticing giftsPausing to observeAuthentic spirit 
    Week One (June 26-July 2)
    Waking early promotes possibility as I cultivate time for work and the space for play, this slow dance of balance with the ebb and flow of growth delivers the promise of...

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  • June 26, 2016
    52 weeks of gratitude
    A gift to myself for my 52nd birthday...
    When joy enters my life it is closely followed by fear, the fear of something negative lurking around the corner. I often recall the day I joyfully spoke to my mother in law of the happiness I felt after celebrating a wonderful holiday with my husband and two children, a time where my heart was filled with gratitude. But within weeks...

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