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New Year’s Resolutions that really Take the Cake

Are you like the 92 % of people that make New Year’s Resolutions only to soon find that you haven’t been able to keep them?   I never liked to think of myself like that, but during some end of year reflection I realized that my resolutions for 2011 were sounding a lot (ahem…exactly) like the ones I had set the previous year – and perhaps in all honestly, like the ones for the year before that!  The common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting to get a different result.  So what was going to be different THIS new year?  How was I going to achieve success this time around?

There are a lot of things I want to do MORE of:  cook, write, exercise, spend quality time with my family, read…those are just the TOP ones.  But putting all that off to the side for the moment, how can I really

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Aftermath of a Crisis

“I don’t love you anymore

I don’t think I ever did…”

–  from Eurythmics “Don’t Ask Me Why”

I have always loved that part in the Eurythmics song that got massive airplay back in the 90’s on radio stations everywhere.   It was such an “in your face” kind of comment, the type someone who is REALLY hurting says, and I had been that person really hurting from a relationship that had crashed and burned, so yeah, I felt I could relate.  Annie Lennox always sang it so well, with just the right amount of emotion and scorn, as only a person who had really experienced it could do.  I remember feeling as if she and I were soul sisters of sorts, honorary members of the same club.

Those two lines popped in my head again as I read “This is Not the Story You Think It Is” – a novel written by a mom of 2 that I …

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Three Cups of Tea – Required Reading for Everyone

3CupsMy daughter takes a yoga class at her preschool once a week (hey – that’s what I need – hmm, what’s wrong with this picture??). One day her yoga teacher was telling the kids about India and showed them a picture of the Himalayas.  My daughter piped in with how the mountains looked like K2.  Her yoga teacher’s eyes widened as my Little One went on about how her mommy was reading her Three Cups of Tea, all about this man who tried to climb K2 – the second highest mountain in the world – for his sister who died.  (That’s only just the beginning of the story, but we had just started reading it at that point and that was pretty much where we were).

My daughter amazed us both that day.  Her yoga teacher was blown away that this little 5-year old knew about Three Cups of Tea and I was blown away that she had …

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A Must Read for 2009

Have you heard about what is happening in our economy lately?  Have you heard the recent predictions from the leading economic and financial experts?  Are you aware the mortgage and housing crisis is due to get worse?  Do you know the HUGE storm lurking on our horizon is with credit cards and it is already starting to hit?  Unemployment numbers are due to RISE for at least the next two years.  The downturn is predicted to continue through 2009 AND 2010.  No turn-around is anticipated anytime in the near future!  None of the many experts dispute any of this. 

2009 needs to be the year of living consciously.  I don't know your situation, but to think that you will not be affected in some way is foolish.  So what can you do?  Stay awake – aware – conscious.  Don't hide your head or live in denial that you will be untouched.  Be proactive.  Get as much as information as …

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