06 Dec 2012

The Art of Receiving

I never really thought about receiving very much. And when I did, it usually was related to material gifts. But a Mastermind group meeting a few years changed all that. One of my groupmates was taking her turn telling all of us about what she was creating in her already-successful. We were all amazed and were telling her how wonderful it all was. But, she...

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29 Nov 2012

Dr. Anna’s 8-Step Happy, Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re experiencing holiday anxiety, consider cutting back on or eliminating caffeine. It only adds to that jittery feeling! Try substituting decaf, water, herbal teas, mineral water with lemon or coconut water.  Eat before you head out to a party. That way you’ll be less tempted to graze through all the “nervous food” (as my friend Christine calls it).  If you’re drinking alcohol, alternate alcoholic...

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22 Nov 2012

The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. -Meister Eckhart Gratitude is an instant happiness booster and is a quick and easy solution to changing moods…and there’s a whole body of science to back this up. Here are some of the goodies you get when you take the time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude! People who...

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15 Nov 2012

Adrenals Misbehaving? How to Tell Frazzled from Fine

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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08 Nov 2012

7 Reasons Why Going Complaint-Free is a Mojo Lifter

Ever notice how being around a bunch of chronic complainers just sucks the life right out of you? Or how gossip feeds on itself and creates negative energy?  Yeah, me too. Unfortunately, you can’t control the people around you. But you can control yourself. Going complaint free isn’t easy, but it has a lot of benefits. Gossiping, whining and complaining are habits. And like all...

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01 Nov 2012

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

Where do you get your best ideas? In the shower? On vacation? When you’re doing nothing? What….NOTHING???? Who DOES that? Our society does not encourage doing “nothingness”. We work too much, eat too quickly, socialize too little, drive and sit in traffic for too many hours, don’t get enough sleep and feel harried too much of the time. We wear our overwhelm and crazy-busyness like Girl Scout...

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25 Oct 2012

Can You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?

Breast self-exam (BSE) has been widely hailed as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early—with the idea that finding it early will save lives. There’s just one problem: No study ever has found that BSE reduces breast cancer deaths. That’s why after years of supporting BSE, the American Cancer Society revised its breast cancer screening guidelines in 2003 and now calls BSE “optional”....

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18 Oct 2012

Just This

“Just this.” “Just this” is the mantra I use to bring me back to the present so I can actually be where I am. I tend to live my life about 5 miles ahead of where I am.  This works in some situations where advance planning is important…but I tend to miss a lot of what is going on around me. I need a strategy...

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11 Oct 2012

What to do When You’re Ready to Play a Bigger Game…

Several years ago, I attended a Mastermind retreat in Tucson, AZ.  This particular group had gathered with our coach , Christine Kane, to cook up some big plans for our lives! On the first day of our meeting, the poster in the photo is what we were greeted with. These were the rules and it was clear that this trip was not going to be...

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04 Oct 2012

How to Tackle Your Tiny To-Dos in 15 Minutes or Less

“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” ~ Lord Chesterfield Just for the record, I’m a big proponent of intentional “unproductive time.” There’s nothing that feels more decadent than carving out a nice chunk of your day to just BE or to wander wherever your muse takes you.  For me, this is pure bliss…..and not wasted time at all....

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