Posts in Courage
How to Tell the Difference Between Self-Trust and Self-Protection

I often feel like there are two different parts of me, one that knows the truth about what's in my highest good, and one that knows exactly what to say to keep me safe and small. For illustrative purposes, let's call my truth Gracie and my protector Vivian. These two are fighting for my attention like Mayweather and Pacquiao. As brutally, but not as gracefully as championship boxers. More like a slap fight between self-trust and self-protection.

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It's not STRESS, It's You.

I consider myself a rather huge nerd when it comes to self-improvement and health. I watch every single TED talk, read every book I can get my hands on and struggle through some rather dry academic research papers.  This particular TED talk, given by psychologist Kelly McGonigal, is my all time favorite, though, because it changes everything about what we know about our health and our mind/body connection.  

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Taking the Leap and Living the Dream

I'm writing this blog from my back porch overlooking a lush green rolling cornfield. I can hear the birds chirping, (in the interest of full disclosure, I can also hear the construction workers down the street talking some serious trash, but I am choosing to tune that out), and the sun is out. The kiddo is back in school and it's 8:45 in the morning. Hot coffee is by my side and my dog is laying at my feet. 

This is the first week that I am living my dream. I mean really living it.

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Why We Need To Let Go

This week I let go of the first house I ever purchased.  This house was purchased when I was 5 months pregnant with my son - in prime "nesting" season.  With a few brave friends, I painted the entire house in bright cheery colors.  I didn't really pay attention to the trim (or being accurate for that matter). I brought my new baby home to this house. I laughed hard in this house. I cried hard in this house. I grieved here. I celebrated here. After 7 years, it was time to let it go.

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