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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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The Space You Keep! – Part 2

Welcome back to our "Meaningful Conversation" with Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® of Oh, So Organized!  Linda has been featured in The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Bottom Line Personal, Westchester Magazine and Everyday with Rachael Ray. She is a favorite radio guest and was recently interviewed on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Linda and I connected on Twitter, one thing led to the next and here we are . . . discussing letting go, decluttering and making space for everything good to come into our lives. Linda also came bearing gifts and I'd like to remind everyone of the opportunity to win a ...
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The Space You Keep – Part 1

My guest for this month's "Meaningful Conversations" is Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® of Oh, So Organized!  Linda is a compassionate, enthusiastic professional organizer, founder of Oh, So Organized!, author of The Other Side of Organized, and blogger on organizing and life balance. In addition to hands-on organizing, Linda coaches, presents seminars, writes articles, blogs and newsletters, and consults to other professional organizers. She has been featured in The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Bottom Line Personal, Westchester Magazine and Everyday with Rachael Ray. She is a favorite radio ...
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Chase the frenzy away!

It's December, the holiday season is upon us and two buzz words are on the move - "Holiday Stress!" There's a wealth of resources out there on how to manage holiday stress and allow room for joy and love to go around. Really, it's great stuff! It happens every year and it makes me wonder. Are people applying the tips and ideas? Are people taking their own advice? Do we really want to manage this thing or do we just want to talk and complain about it? Is it possible that there's a sense of self-worth derived from being stressed? If we all agree that the best gift we can give to ourse...
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You Can Say No to Self-Blame

The other day, I had a first hand experience of how self-blame is a choice we can live without. I'm pretty sure that, the "multi-taskers" among you, will understand what I mean. Here it goes. The Middle School spring concert day was upon us and the girls were going to perform for last time as middle schoolers. Having been there before, I anticipated a certain level of stress for that afternoon. Regardless, I allowed myself to get distracted throughout the day.  As a result, I found myself scrambling to get things done while trying to be, emotionally and physically, available to the...
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The power of attention

Let's face it! We're all busy! Even when we get the chance of down time, we look around for things to do and fill the gap. We don't have to look hard. There's always something to do and so the story goes. Doing is what we live by. "Busyness" is what defines us. There will be time, in the distant future, to do the "soft stuff" or . . .  so we tell ourselves. There will be time to take care of ourselves, connect with the people in our lives, read a book, listen to music, take a walk without a destination or sit and watch the sunset. Right now, there are places to be, problems to solve, calls t...
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Running in place – getting nowhere fast

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with two entrepreneurs. They've both been dealing with major career and life transition for some time now. One was let go due to downsizing, about a year ago. The other chose to leave the organization he worked for, after many years of service. They are both highly skillful, experienced and knowledgeable. Along the way, they both decided to go to business for themselves. They chose to start businessses right along the lines of what they had always done. Gradually, the challenge of playing multiple roles within their young businesses, began to take a ...
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Turn on the light!

On Tuesday evening, I sat to meditate, in honor of the winter solstice. It was my intention to sit still, breathe and be present in that very moment. I prayed for inspiration and guidance for this coming year. What I received was a deep sense of peace and acceptance. I'll be holding on to this experience and here's why. I usually drive myself crazy, trying to do it all well and produce the results I think I should. This last year, my focus has been on being mindful and accepting of what is instead of fighting against it. I've been focusing on doing what I can and not getting too hung u...
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Change happens! Now what?

"Change is as inevitable as rain in the spring. Some of us just put on our raincoats and splash forward." ~ Amy Bloom Being willing to go with change, as it happens, is not always easy but it’s fundamental to our growth. Change gives us the opportunity to evaluate our ways, make adjustments, and discover new possibilities. Whether change happened by choice or not, whether we view it as positive or negative, there is a rhythm to it. It's a process. Going through transition tests our comfort level with uncertainty. As the old gives way to the new, we enter the “I don’t know” land. Ther...
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Living in present time

Abigail Thomas is one of my favorite authors. I read "The Three Dog Life" sometime ago, liked her style and what she had to say so much, that I decided to read all her books. "Thinking About Memoir" is another one of hers and as I was reading through it the other day, I couldn't help but think of how our personal stories evolve. We go on living our lives, going through the motions, dealing with unexpected events, checking off our to-do lists and crossing paths with other people. Somehow morning turns into evening and we don't know where the hours went. When we live on automatic, so much of l...
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