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life changes

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 ar...
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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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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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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 maples th...
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Spring Forward

On Wednesday, March 20 at 7:09 am EST, Spring, the season of pushing through and birthing what's new in our lives, made her entrance! It's difficult to tell where I live. There is still snow on the ground although it's melting fast. The weather report is warning us of yet another snow storm coming on Monday. It works like this, as one season gives way to the next; dancing the tango . . . two steps forward, one step backwards, and so we go round the seasons. Saturday morning, I made my usual rounds to the recycling center, post office, dropping the girls to their various activities and...
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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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Winds of change – On pillows and such

She must have been in her late seventies. I noticed her as I walked by, looking for a new pillow for a wicker chair I have in my office. She was being helped by a young woman and they were discussing pillows. She was trying to choose new ones for her couch. I soon found what I wanted and headed to another part of the store, then to the register to check out. The older woman was already there, completing her purchase of two pillows. As she was getting ready to leave, she turned to me and the young woman at the register and said . . . "I needed some color - a change. I've lived with th...
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What does chocolate have to do with it?

Here I am . . . at my favorite cafe and writing spot; a cup of hot coffee and a morning glory muffin next to me. It's raining pretty heavily, puddles of water already forming on the sidewalk. There's the steady hum of the fans above, the chatter of a handful of people ordering coffee and joking with the owner, light jazz coming through the speakers. On my way here, I drove by the post office to mail a letter and decided to circle back by the Middle School, on my way to Washington. The school is in session and the streets were quiet. I drove by slowly, looking at the school when, suddenl...
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