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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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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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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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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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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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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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Life balance! A myth or a choice?

Life doesn’t present us with a clear, unobstructed road. On our way, we get potholes, roadblocks, and mudslides. Here and there, our lives spin out of control. We worry about our jobs. Our businesses falter. Our children seem to have grown up overnight and we are not the center of their world anymore. Our parents age and their health fails. We fall out of love. We're stressed . . . a thousand thoughts racing through our mind . . . no time left for us and us alone. Life is complicated. We can't possibly divide our lives into neatly separated territories. "Is life balance a myth?" we wonder. "A...
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