Category: Coping

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Ready or Not, Here it Comes

No matter how much I dread it, Christmas comes every year, like it or not. For years as a child, I was sick every Christmas. I recall coughing all night every night for weeks before the holiday and a while after. My asthma made me cough continuously, and […]

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Embracing Risk

“Take risks. If you’re lucky you’ll be rich; if you aren’t you’ll be wise.”  – Ancient Chinese Saying I was raised in a culture of risk avoidance, and I was well into my adulthood before a counselor suggested that I needed to learn how to take risks. Risk […]

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The Soul of Money

Money is the silent partner in almost everything that we do. There are different ways to deal with it, but I learned that what you earn and how you spend it is a private matter not to be discussed with friends or family. The men handled the money […]

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The Cure for Loneliness

“The cure for loneliness is solitude.” ― Marianne Moore I’ve found myself lonely for the first time in 30 years, as my youngest child hits the world running and my husband is frequently on business travel. It’s is often just me and the pets at home. So I […]

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Leaving Behind the Drama Queen

We all know a drama queen. She always has something going on; there’s one crisis after another. These people always seem to have a problem that gets their outrage all worked up. It may be their own problem or a cause they’ve adopted as their own – and […]

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Unsticking Everything at Once

After living in the flow fairly consistently for the past three years, I found myself out of the flow several months ago. I felt like my life had been paused. Nothing was moving forward; the days looked the same, and everything bored me. I have so many projects […]

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Shaking Up My Meditation Habit

Meditation has been my crutch and my salvation. It has stilled my world of thoughts and distraction so that I could hear my heart. The value of meditation has been extorted by many for years; I’m not going to rehash that. Let’s talk about what it’s like to […]