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midlife, personal growth

Letting Go of Grudges That Are Holding You Back

Grudges bring us stress, negative thought patterns and an inability to move forward. We’re staring down the barrel of a new year so this is a perfect time to clean your emotional slate by letting go of grudges. It’s time to bring those unhealed wounds of past hurts or insults to the surface, throw some light and attention on them, and then intentionally let them go. Letting go of past hurts doesn’t mean they are erased. Those hurts, slights, disappointments and traumatic events will always be there. They are part…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

Stop Feeling Guilty | Start Taking Care of Yourself

Stop feeling guilty and start taking care of yourself! We are indoctrinated to feel guilty when we take time for self-care. Pointing our attention to ourselves, can make us feel selfish and self-indulgent, even when it’s as brief as five minutes a day. We are socially trained to think and feel that taking time for ourselves – for the nourishment, care and growth of our mind, body and spirit – is selfish. Well, snap out of it, sister! It’s time to view self-care differently. After all, it is really just…

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midlife, personal growth

Building a Gratitude Attitude | Finding Balance and Peace this Holiday Season

It’s hard to build a gratitude attitude when it’s so easy to get thrown out of balance by the details and pressures of trying to make the holidays magical. We can overlook what truly matters because we’re so buried in busyness. If you’re like me, Thanksgiving and the holiday season fills us with joyful anticipation but also comes with a few extra helpings of stress and overwhelm. While we welcome warm family traditions, new and old, we often carry the burden of feeling like we are not enough and that…

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midlife, personal growth

Setting Healthy Boundaries | Making Yourself a Priority

Do you find you basically have no boundaries and rarely make yourself a priority? Do you find yourself getting sidetracked from your goals and emotionally thrown off course by those around you? Allowing others in your life to steer your emotions and priorities is like being locked in the trunk of a car – bouncing around in the dark getting bumped and bruised with the curves and bumps of the ride, and not knowing where you’re heading because someone else is driving. No matter how innocent the intentions are of…

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midlife, personal growth

When Fear Robs You of Joy

Have you ever been so full of fear that you let it it rob you of joy? Have you felt paralyzed by fear and anxiety and were unable to do something you dreamt of trying? Maybe getting on an airplane for a trip alone (that’s me!), or attending a social function alone, or public speaking, applying for a new job, moving to a new city, or maybe even eating out alone. Fear is personal. What scares us individually can vary greatly, but fear is universal in its ability to sabotage…

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midlife, personal growth

Quit Playing Small – Make Yourself a Priority

It’s time to quit playing small and to start making yourself a priority. Are you playing small and allowing your life to pass by while you tend to everyone else’s needs? You say you don’t have time to take better care of yourself and your needs, and to make yourself a priority, but this is your life. And each day that passes is an opportunity you’ve lost. Serving others often comes first. I hear you. I feel that way too. But we’ve done plenty of caring for others, putting everyone…

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