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  • Three Powerful Techniques for Creating a Year You'll Love

    Hello 2018! Creating a visual representation of your goals and dreams is a powerful technique to support purposeful action. The representation (or anchor) acts as a strong reinforcement of the energy and intention driving your goals and helps you focus on what is truly important to you as the year unfolds. I've used many different techniques over the years, from creating Vision Boards -

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    In Search of the Big Aha: 14 Questions for a Mindful New Year

    Don't you just love New Years? All that promise of a bright, shiny new year to play with along with the chance to reflect fondly on the preceding year, and (bonus) we get to chuck out what didn't work and start over.  Of course, the chucking-out bit requires some careful weeding through the previous 12 months, to make sure we capture and keep the good stuff. Wouldn't want to throw the New

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    On Saying No to Shortbread: 5 Tips for a Saner Holiday

    One of my coaching clients recently posted a question in our online group about how to be good to yourself during the especially hectic holiday season. This post has stayed with me, and I have been pondering it while on vacation in beautiful Arizona. This year hubby and I chose to take a month off and have our Christmas holidays away from home and from most of our family and friends. We were

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    Decluttering gives the future self elbow room

    Ease and flow are the hallmarks of a peaceful life. Along with a sense of time abundance, these are vital components of true in-the-bones contentment, or what I call ‘everyday happiness.’ Too much stuff cramps your style. Fussing and fumbling to find things, encountering daily disorganization and clutter creates chaos. This is the antithesis of peace. My intention is to enter 2018 in a

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    Saying Yes to Menopause: A Coach's Perspective.

    When people ask about my coaching practice, I usually tell them that I largely coach women in transition. Women who are moving from one job to another, or who are leaving careers to start businesses in midlife, or who are ready to take their existing businesses to the next level, empty-nesters, or the newly-divorced. Women who are restless, longing to actualize their dreams, or who are longing

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    The  Suitcase Man

    Micro-Version: A morning story, in which the nature of purpose and determination  is explored, while essayists and poets stick their noses in. We discover what may or may not belong in a suitcase. The Long Read: There is a woman that works at the train station. My window overlooks the tracks and I see her in the morning, after the last commuter train has passed by. She sweeps and washes

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    Cherries From Long Ago

    Micro-version: Pretend tea is served in tiny cups to children sitting on a perfect lawn. Cherries fall, while frills and ribbons sadly give way to realization. Ants and wasps go about their insect business. My grandfather had a perfect lawn, emerald green and soft like the fur of a cool animal. As children, we were to avoid playing on the lawn. We had the alleyway, and the scrubby grass that

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    What really keeps us awake at night.

    Micro-version: In which three lie awake all night pondering flower nomenclature, while a brown dog dreams. Two 1960's folk singers make a brief appearance. Thankfully, puzzled ghosts are soothed by song. It is not a duet. The long night. I have made a sleeping nest beside our bed. I have two green blankets, a white bed pillow, and a small yellow one, too. I am not sure why I am driven to

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    Lupines and Other Sorrows

    Micro-Version: A threat of bombs averted, sorrow miners light their lamps, following the tracks of a tidily dressed six-year old.  They find no shortcuts. Meanwhile, the earth revolves around the sun sixty times and lupines bloom, right on cue. The Long Road: It is the summer of my fifty-ninth year. Soon, my friends who haven’t already will turn 59, too. Others are farther ahead on the

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    Small Doves and Cowboy Poems

    Micro-version: Cowboys, cicadas, toads and a small dove ride across the page. Writers write. Bugs sing. Cattle graze. Clouds contribute to geographic identity while the sun shines, impervious, in the Arizona sky. Long Version: I am reading a series of essays set largely in the Santa Maria mountains of Arizona. The author, Amy Hale Auker, is a cowboy and her essays are like bright stones

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