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Making space for the invited inevitable

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  Make space in your life for the inevitable arrival of what you want. ~Danielle LaPorte If you've been with me for a while, you know that in addition to being a health coach, I also work a part-time  "side hustle" as a grants and reports contractor for a nonprofit. I started there the year it was founded and have worn numerous (and sometimes multiple) hats, moving between part-time cont...
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Emotional Sixpack | On power outages and flexing different muscles

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The power went out last week in the wake of a crazy windstorm. And it stayed out for almost six days. We lasted two nights in the house, then resorted to spending days in the library—along with everyone else in our area, it seemed. Who knew that it is now perfectly acceptable to talk at a normal volume in a library? Someone joked that the library is now noisy, while the coffee shops are quie...
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Are you reacting or responding?

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What do a rotisserie chicken and a kitchen sink have in common? It's been an interesting week for me—I don't know whether it's been a phase of the moon or some other sort of joke on the part of the Universe, but practically every day this week I faced a situation in which I had to work very hard to remind myself that what was required was a thoughtful response, not a knee-jerk reaction: there w...
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Baby Step #12 | Celebrate (yourself)

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This is the final installment of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month— without trying. Soon that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 new h...
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Baby Step #10 | An attitude of gratitude

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This is the tenth of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 new...
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Attitude of gratitude

People who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, optimism, progress toward goals, well-being, and help others more. ~ R.A. Emmons + C.A. Crumpler in "Gratitude as a human strength" When I was a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, James Pawelski of UPenn's Positive Psychology Center was one of our guest speakers, and one of the positive psychology exerci...
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“The future has many names….”

I am frequently reminded that I learn something new from every class I teach, every workshop I hold, and every client I serve. At times, I even feel that I get more from my clients that I am able to offer! One client's recent gift to me was an introduction to Gratefulness.org. The site has a lot of information about the practice of gratitude, but my favorite feature is the "Word of the Day" - a d...
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