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Aging Goddess, No Ageless Goddess

Getting older is not something to fear. The number one thing many doctors say you can do for your health is to live joyously, indulging in sustainable pleasure, living fully and with a sense of joy and adventure.

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Cupcake-How 5 lbs of Fluff Changed Us

An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides some benefit for a person. We picked a beautiful female Maltese puppy, which JoJo named Cupcake Kitty. She was and still is so tiny and gorgeous. She is sassy and wild when the situation warrants it and snuggly, loving, calming and concerned when needed.

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Grow Together

There’s no denying it, relationships are hard work. They take time, attention, communication, care, attraction, and so much more. But, when you find someone you want to be with long term, all that hard work becomes infinitely worth it. Nothing feels better than feeling in love and being the best version of yourself in that relationship.

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My Modern Blended Family

When it comes to family, especially in this day and age, they come in all shapes and sizes. Differences and diversity seem to be the new norm—couples with children, some married, some cohabitating, couples without children, same-sex couples, single parents, and blended families created through remarriage and re-partnering.

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An Anxious Child

No one wants to see a child unhappy or anxious. Many anxious children have a parent who has anxiety themselves. While we all get anxiety from time to time, it is our job to help them work through any difficulties. It is important to understand these issues and get your child the proper help. It is important to help them learn to tolerate their anxiety and function “normally”, or as well as they can. And it is important to know that your child’s anxiety is not your fault. You are not a failure, and there is nothing “wrong” with them.

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Emotional Chicken

Our society and culture trains both men and women to think and behave, and it shapes how we all perceive ourselves and each other. How often have we heard that a woman who speaks up is demanding and bitchy, but a man doing the same is a go-getter? I don’t want to be seen as demanding and bitchy, but I also don’t want to continue to live in this land of resentment and victim mentality.

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Morning Mantras

Daily affirmations are simple, positive statements or empowering mantras. They help me to overcome negative thoughts and self-talks and stop me before my self-sabotaging can begin. Daily affirmations are to the mind what exercise is to the body!

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Mom Gone Wild

There are so many hard, challenging, and difficult aspects to separating and divorce, but there are also many positives in the short term and long term. For me, one of the best things is the schedule; for the first time since having kids I have regular days of kid-free time.

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Karma Is Not A Bitch

Almost everyone has heard of karma. People say things like, “Karma’s a bitch”, “I can’t wait for karma to catch up with them”, and “Karma will take care of her.” The truth is, we have it all wrong.

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Magical Thinking

Magical thinking is something people all over the globe engage in. In fact, many religious and folk rituals center around it. Magical thinking can be a very normal human response, and there are aspects of it that can have psychological benefits.

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Saying “I Don’t”

It seems the assumption is that I must want to be married, that marriage is the natural completion of a relationship, and that it is just what you do if you love somebody. A lot of what might seem fundamental about marriage is just commitment, and you don’t need the government or anyone else involved to be committed to each other.

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Earthing

No matter what is going on in my life, the earth is always a simple pleasure that brings me back to calm and myself. Earthing, or grounding, is putting the body in direct and uninterrupted contact with the earth.

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Resilience, The Trampoline of Life

Life is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, even if you consider yourself to be a happy person. These experiences may bend you, but they do not have to break you. Resilience is how well a person can adapt to the events in their life.

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Everything Is Going Wrong

Life. Sometimes, quite a lot of times in fact, is just chaos.  Everything around us seems to be falling apart, and often it is not just one thing that goes wrong, but several.  It is usually the case that if something can go wrong, it will. 

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Empath Is My Path

Empathy is the ability to tune into and share another person’s emotion from their perspective. It plays a crucial role in bringing people together. It’s the joy you feel at a friend’s wedding or the pain you experience when you see someone suffering. It’s an essential ingredient for building intimacy in relationships.

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Green-ish With Envy

We live in the age of envy. Thanks to social media, we are constantly being exposed to positive, beautiful, successful, photoshopped versions of our friends, families, colleagues, acquaintances, and even strangers’ lives. Social media is taking envy to the extreme, and as much as I don’t love to admit this, I get a bit green with envy.

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The Joy Of Not Doing

People wear “busy” like a badge of honor. We spend so much time running around trying to look busy for other people, then we often feel like we must look busy for ourselves, otherwise we might be considered lazy. Doing nothing doesn’t mean sitting on the couch mindlessly watching daytime TV. It means doing something that makes you feel relaxed, gives you mental space, and slows down your heart rate.

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Life’s Transitions

My life is full of transitions, at the crossroads of here and now. Every time I think I can’t take any more or I have conquered one, another shows up.Life transitions can be positive or negative, big or small, planned or expected. Transitions (even happy ones) can be stressful and bring up mixed feelings.

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Teacher Appreciation

There are some professions out there that just don’t get enough recognition, and teaching is one of them. Teachers are so much more than people who stand in front of students and talk for a few hours. Not only do teachers have to be smart and well educated, they must be able to understand people, and have a passion for what they do.

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A Life Full Of Passion

At 37, I am living a life I am passionate about. A life filled with creativity, love, friendship, and personal growth. I am most passionate about my writing and my family. Passion powers a lifetime of dreams. It is an energy source for living an inspired life that is...

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I Live For Anticipation

Life can get us down in more ways than one, and one way to get through our troubles is by having something to look forward to. By looking ahead, we’re looking onward and upward towards our future, and we remind ourselves that better times are coming. 

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The Year Of No

If you are constantly saying yes to other people, then you are constantly saying no to yourself and your goals. Ask yourself if what is being requested of you is in line with your goals. Will it benefit you in some way and bring you closer to your success, or will you simply be spending your time on someone else’s good opportunity?

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My Warrior Goddess Tribe

Most women will tell you that their friendships are among the most important relationships in their life. Whether they’re lifelong friends from childhood or a friend they met as an adult who lives around the corner, these relationships are essential to a woman’s well being. In fact, studies have shown that a large network of friends can increase a person’s overall health and longevity. Friends, it seems, not only make our lives better, but they can also make our lives longer.

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Masterfully Surrender

I had to do the work and make new, harder, better choices. I could no longer work from a place of fear. All actions that originate from a place of fear invariably result over time in maintaining the status quo. I no longer wanted to be afraid, and I no longer could remain hidden from my true self.

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Some Days

Some days I get everything done before the kids go to school. Some days I wake up early when my partner Chris leaves for work. Some days I write two blogs before the kids wake up. Some days I shower and wash my hair before the kids start their day. Some days I wake...

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Leave Me Alone

Being alone is a state of being; loneliness is a state of mind. Loneliness is an experience of isolation due to lack of connection — a lack of being seen and understood. Everyone needs varying degrees of connection with other people to help keep loneliness at bay. These social needs are determined by your individual genetics, temperament, environmental and social experiences. But being alone is a different situation completely. Being alone is doing things by yourself, but also doing them for yourself.

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Every Kid Is A Star

Sports can be a fun and engaging way for kids to learn some important lessons about life. They can be very beneficial in fostering responsible social behaviors, greater academic success, and an appreciation of personal health and fitness.

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Spirit Animal

The concept of a power animal or spirit animal is universal in all native cultures. It may be perceived that power animals act as spirit guides to help or protect individuals, family lineages or entire nations. They represent a person’s interconnection to all life, their character, power and inner self.

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Mom

When someone we love dies, their body goes but their love remains. They live on through us, through the things they left behind and the memories they have made.

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Raising A Son

My goal is to guide my son toward manhood and help him to become the kind of man I can be proud of. I will do this by teaching him values, making sure he understands appropriate behavior, keeping the lines of communication open, and not making him the man of the house before his time.

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What’s In a Name?

Maybe names are so important because very often, the first piece of information we have about a person is their name. It’s often the first thing you learn about someone, and we form judgments about people very rapidly.  And those judgments accumulate, so the first piece of information is especially important.

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Gray, Yay

We overlook the advantages of aging – being wiser, smarter, and more settled in life – in an attempt to look like our younger selves.  There isn’t a grandmother, mother, aunt, godmother, or sister who doesn’t want the younger women in her life to feel confident in their own skin.

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Creating Vision: Vision Boards

Vision boards are collage of visual images and words that represent the life you want to live.  It is a tangible representation of the vision you have for yourself and your future.

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The Trappings of Girlhood

It became very clear after she was born that all I wanted for her was to grow up healthy, happy and confident with a clear sense of her potential. I wanted to give her the skills and support to fulfill it. I am committed to raising her without a sense of limits, and to do that I will need to let her take the lead. Where do her natural strengths and interest fall. I want her to have true and complete freedom to choose whether she wants to conform to traditional roles and constraints or the new world ideal of women.

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One Mistake

One thing I do know is that I believe in second chances and learning from mistakes.

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Aura-Seeing Rainbows

Aura is an energy field that radiates matter around living things. To me it often looks as a glowing light around the upper half of the body. I see the auras as glowing bands of colored light graduating out. The closer to the body the band is, the more vibrant and solid it is.

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Save The Drama For Your Mama

Many times I am conflicted between protecting them as my children and permitting them to take risks. Taking safe risks build confidence and competence. But sometimes it is so hard to allow children out of the bubble of safety we have created as their parent. I think all we can do is give them the tools they need and a safe place to return to.

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Tattoo Me

Your body is a canvas, not only does it bear the marks of your growth from childhood into adulthood by way of scars, moles, and other natural born blemishes but many, like myself, also choose to express their story through the art of tattoo.

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Blessings For The Year Ahead

I believe in my unlimited potential, and I believe that all of the work I have been doing to center myself, care for myself, and go within is starting to show me the results of my efforts and intentions. Often when we begin the work, I find that the result doesn’t look like much, causing us to feel discouraged or doubt that we are on the right path. But it is through the right efforts, consistently over time that we get the results that we want.

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A love letter

My dearest JoJo, Happy 8th birthday! I can't believe 8 years have gone by and how much you have grown and changed but also how much you have stayed true to your nature. Eight years after your entrance into the world, you remain bright and vibrant as the sun and your...

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Choice

We have a life filled with choices. There are many little choices every single day. And in our lives there are some big choices. It is a series of decisions we make that create our life. Depending on the choices, we must live with the results.  Some decisions will...

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Tidying Up On The Inside

  Everyone is buzzing about the Netflix series, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." While watching the series, I kept thinking how I need to "tidy up" myself on the inside, not my home (although my home could use a little Marie Kondo inspiration and magic). I do not need...

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Who am I?

Who am I? The search for my essence, my identity, is fundamental and necessary. What is most deeply true about my inner voice, my deepest heart and my expanding soul. Some say there is no answer to this question, but I believe there are many.  But no answer can fully...

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I’m Rich, Just Not in Money

I grew up rich. But the way I grew up seemed totally normal. Firstly, everyone around us pretty much had what we had. Secondly, my mother never spoiled us. I remember in middle school, being at the mall and seeing a sweater I loved at the Limited. The sweater was $50....

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Motherhood Is Not My Hood

I am the mom who used to hate being a mom. As I worked on my journey of self-love, something changed. I started loving being with them; I started really parenting. Motherhood will always be the hardest job. It is the toughest job you will ever love. But to me, it is where I am meant to be. 

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The Pursuit

I am in the pursuit of happiness. Just as the inspiring and heartfelt movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" and the Declaration of Independence suggest we all have the right and ability to find and be happy. For some such as myself and Will Smith in the movie it can be a...

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Two Worlds

I am happily and luckily divorced.  My ex and I were married just shy of ten years.  We have two  children together.  JoJo is our daughter: a smart, sassy, independent, 7 year old.  And Brayden is our son: a goofy, sweet, rambunctious, 6 year...

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True Love

The truest of true love is self love.  Up until fairly recently whenever anyone brought up self love I always thought they were talking about masturbation.  I do have a dirty mind and very sophomoric humor but masturbation is away of loving yourself so I was...

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A Fraud

I don't want to be a fraud anymore. I think in a lot of ways I was a fraud my whole life. Between my parents divorce, my moms battle with cancer for 9 years and her devastating passing. I was always playing a role, created by someone else. Then I met my ex and played...

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The Wildfire Within

I realized just how much anger I still have in my life.  Mostly at my ex husband.  I hate him, like nearly everything about him.  I do not think of myself as an angry, hateful person and I know he is deserving of my hate.  But I do not want to feel...

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I Am A Soul Seeker

I grew up in a very traditional and religious environment.  Anything new age or non traditional or not Jewish even was not discussed.  I didn't realize a world outside of conservative Judaism and patriarchal traditions even existed until high school really. I was...

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The Art Of Being A Hot Mess

I am a self described mess. Not just any old mess but a steaming hot mess.  I spend my resources including time, energy, money, and efforts on making sure my kids, partner, dog and house are not a mess.  It is so important to me that everyone else in my life have...

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This is where it all began

Several days ago, I realized something about myself.  Something real and significant. Something that was always there but I was completely unable to see it.  Something I can see in all the amazing women around me.  Each and every one of you is a goddess, capable of so...

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