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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

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  • 3 Ways to Live a Happier and More Contented Life

    As I find myself doing these three things more, I find myself in such a happier place.  I worry less, and enjoy life more.  I hope you will find cultivating these mindsets will be helpful to you too. Being More Thankful for the Little Things I always try to have a thankful heart and consider […]

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  • The Secret to Feeling Full: Connecting with Others

    We know each of us is unique but how does this help us feel whole? The secret is in sharing who you are with others. What if you don’t know who you are yet?  That’s okay.  Connect with others on your journey of self-exploration.  This can be in the form of sharing your talents, thoughts, […]

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  • What is Hypnosis Like? Your Questions Answered.

    Karen Gray, licensed nurse and hypnotist, invited me to learn about hypnosis.  Always fascinated by the brain and psychology, I jumped at the chance to learn how the procoess worked.  I thought back to the magic hypnotist shows and thought: Is it like that? What Does a Hypnosis Office Look Like? I arrived at her office […]

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  • 6 Solutions to Improve Your Teen’s Homework Completion

    homework refusal

    To solve this frustrating dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem: Why do they not turn in homework? As a middle school teacher I’ve seen many reasons why students do not turn in their homework.  I’ll go over the main ones I see and give you strategies to tackle the problem.  […]

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  • 9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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    You don’t need to go all out to have fun and celebrate with the ones you love on Valentine’s Day. The trick to making the day special is to make it out of the ordinary – something different. It’s even better if you do something thoughtful that’s out of the ordinary too. Women weigh in […]

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  • 3 Movies about Finding Yourself and your Purpose

    inspirational movies

    On Netflix: The Cobbler – a fun Adam Sandler movie about being in other people’s shoes, literally.  I love this movie! Chef– a fun story of a chef who travels in a food cart with his son and friend and learns about what’s really valuable to him: true passion and family.  Won the Tribeca Film […]

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  • Pregnancy Safe Workouts

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    I remember going to one of my first prenatal appointments and expressing my worry that if I jumped around during exercise it would jostle the baby too much.  Was there anything I shouldn’t be doing? She laughed and said to do whatever I wanted.  I was taken back by her flippant response. Really? Anything?  Turns out […]

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  • Best Pregnancy Workout Sites

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    I wanted to stay active while pregnant but I wanted some help and inspiration along the way.  Here are my favorites websites I visited while pregnant. Being Informed about Exercise During Pregnancy Not sure what you can and can’t do? Want to know the benefits of exercise while being pregnant? Be Fit Mom has great […]

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  • 4 Inspirational True Story Netflix Movies about Overcoming Adversity

      I love movies like these because they motivate me to be a better person.  I always feel humbled, moved, and motivated.  I hope you find encouragement in them too. 1000-1 Cory Weissman Story –An amazing movie about a college student who has a stroke and learns to cope with the disappointment in his basketball […]