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Full Speed Ahead? Not So Fast.

  Are you going stir crazy or not yet? I am! Yes, I love the change of seasons. I even enjoy winter; given a warm coat, a bowl of hot soup, time by the fireplace, and not having to drive on icy roads . . . that is. The Seasons of Change model is the foundation of my coaching practice. There's a reason for that. Not only is there infinite beauty in each season but they also provide us with guidance that can ease our anxiety about change and infuse our transition - from what was to what will be - with meaning and purpose. Two days ago, I found three ants crawling around m...
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Saying No: An Act of Self-Care and Self-Respect and It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard.

  Imagine a stream of water. Its source begins at the top of a mountain. Down it travels toward the sea; its water supply renewed by rain and melted snow. The stream winds through villages and towns and soon it takes the form of a strong, plentiful river. The people who live along its banks use the water to grow their crops and sustain themselves. They’re grateful, but soon, they begin to take the river and its abundance for granted. They’ve come to believe that the river will be there forever, filled with cool, clean water for them to use and support their lives. Then, things ...
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Take the plunge – Expect a miracle

  It all started with a silly picture and before I knew it, I was invited to be part of the Business Bloggers Mastermind Group that Tea Silvestre (of Story Bistro) facilitates. A couple of hours after that, I attended my first meeting and before the night was over, I’d committed to writing a blog post every week -- for eight weeks -- and have it reviewed by the group. Had I just lost my mind?  It’s possible, but not because I joined the group. I’d better start from the beginning. A few days before joining the Bloggers Mastermind, I’d discovered Téa’s website and blog and loved what sh...
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You Got Rhythm

  The surprisingly positive changes that come from listening to your personal rhythm My mother loved to dance. She taught me how to listen and feel the rhythm of the music. "You can't dance if you don't have rhythm," she used to say. She taught me the waltz and the tango, and some folk dances. The Flamenco from Spain, the Kalinka and the Cossack from Russia, the Tarantella from Italy, and of course a number of Greek regional dances.  Music and dancing were a big part of my childhood and the main form of entertainment during family gatherings, national holidays, seasonal celebrations, a...
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Warning! Unknown territory ahead!

How to get back on the driver’s seat when change takes you off course. My twin daughters are high school juniors. Our family of four is dancing -- or should I say spinning -- to the tune of change these days. Not that change is new to us. These girls have been changing our lives since they took their first breath and even before that. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. The day I had my first ultrasound the doctor pointed to the screen and said, “Here’s one head and . . . here’s the second. Congratulations! You’re having twins!”  My husband jumped up. He couldn’t contain...
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Being Authentically You!

How to get past self-doubt and know that you're enough. “Come to think,” he said,” I’m not sure what success looks like. And, the truth is, even if I got what I say I want, I still wouldn’t feel successful.” "Mark" and I -- OK, his name isn’t Mark but the dialogue is true and I do like that name -- have known each other for a long time. His words that day weren’t a surprise. It was the way he looked at me that was different. He was opening the door to a conversation about something he’s always been sensitive about. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Well,” he replied, “I’ve been working with...
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Off To College Already? How’s That Possible?

Parenting is a two-way street. It's not only my girls I'm parenting. I have some learning and growing up to do too. Five airports, three hotels, thousands of miles, two car rentals, five college tours later, we got back home at 1am on Saturday morning. I was tired and sleepwalked through the day. Neal and I went to N.Haven to return the rental car and took the opportunity to go and sit at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Yes, there were margueritas involved. We needed this down time but, of course, we still got to talking about . . . well, the girls and colleges. The thing about ha...
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Worth Singing About

This the time of the year when everything around us points to new beginnings, rebirth, and renewal. It's the time when we too have the chance to turn a new proverbial leaf and imagine endless possibilities! What is this season going to bring? What seeds are you dreaming of sowing? How are you planning to nurture your garden? What will bloom in it? What have you learned from past years that can help you navigate this new season? What has been lingering in your mind during the darkness of winter? Is there an idea, a hope, a dream that's tagging on you? Don't you think it's time to bring it o...
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Dare to Dream: Endings and New Beginnings

There is a stream that cuts across our back yard. Yesterday, it seemed completely frozen. Yet, as I looked at it up close I realized that, right under the ice, there was this faint vein of water moving. There is life at the bottom of this stream. There are frogs, fish, and all kinds of creatures snug in the mud, waiting and preparing for the thaw. Spring is coming and when the temperatures are right and the environment hospitable, they'll find their way to the surface and they'll begin yet another cycle. We too are creatures of nature. We live our life in cycles; endings and new beginnings...
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In Between . . .

    Yesterday was a beautiful summer day; the kind of day that makes me wish that summer was everlasting. A far cry from the terrible, hot, humid, no good, record-hot days we've had so far. The sky was a brilliant, clear blue, the temperature was in the mid-eighties. It was a beautiful, lazy, summer day; the kind of day that makes you wish you were laying on a hammock, under the pine trees by the stream, listening to the buzzards, and gently drifting away. Yet, as I look towards the deck, I see leaves falling. There is already a thin layer of them covering it. The map...
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