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I have been feeling so much pressure to define who I am and what I am doing. Every time I think I have something going, one way or another I end up questioning myself. I know this should be the last thing I do. No wait, actually I shouldn’t do it at all. In any case, I was questioning myself and where I am headed in life. This led me to take a break from EVERYTHING. In the end, I felt guilty. Guilty for not spending extra time with my kids over their short summer college break. Guilt over not spending time with the one child who IS on an extended summer break (Florida schools have an almost 3-month summer break). Then there is the guilt about not hanging out with friends, or not calling, but really…if they were worried, wouldn’t they ring me? Or maybe they too are overwhelmed and needing to take a mini life break. Truthfully, it was the guilt that occupied my mind more than anything else. I am overloaded and overwhelmed. Lemme ‘splain Lucy… My Day, Every Day: Each day I sit at my desk (OK, the kitchen table) and try to focus. My mind…

Fake It ‘Til You Make It (in 20 minutes a day)

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We’ve all heard it – that we need to stop managing our time and start owning it. For a long time, even as long ago as this morning, I felt as if I was managing minute to minute. Months and years fly on by, and I have no clue where they’ve been or gone. Sitting…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational, Work/Life Balance
Tags: Attitude, Awareness, Habits, Health, Mindful, Motivation, Positive Attitude

My Sweet Friend By H.A. Leuschel

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Summary: A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor? Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Book Review, Manipulation, Toxic Relationships

A Letter to Mom

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It’s happened again. May is upon us and Mother’s Day looms just a few days away. Of course, we all plan the requisite brunch, dinner, daytime activities and gifts. I have learned, from both sides of the fence, that it isn’t about the gift certificates, fancy dinners, and baskets of bath bombs. I have a…
Categories: Holidays
Tags: Appreciation, Gifts For Mom, Love, Mom, Mother's Day

Just One Question

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Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. - Chinese proverb I felt stuck. Maybe you know the feeling. I kept wondering why could I never achieve anything or do anything distinctive that would make a difference? Everyone around me seems to have no problem both working hard…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Change, Happiness, Inspiration, Motivation, Positive, Self Reflection

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

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Spring is here, and for Floridians, summer is riding in on her coattails. And speaking of coattails – my closet is a mess. I think there may be a small family of t-shirt reproducing Baggins living in there. And no, I don’t know what a Baggin is- but it is certainly making it tough to…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Closet, Declutter, Organized, Self Improvement, Spring Cleaning

The Vampire Syndrome

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Today’s post is a PSA. It affected me for a while, and I think it may be genetic. It's about not liking people. You go out when you have to, have a fantastic friend group, but if given a choice, you’d prefer your own company 90% of the time. Being somewhat of an introvert (I…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Acceptance, Anxiety, Awareness, Socialize

Dear Bullies

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This is an open letter to all the old classmates, neighborhood kids, etc.. If any of you are reading my blog, you know who you are, and if your cheeks are burning a bit, well, I am not sorry. In today’s fragile world, where bullying is rampant, and there are zero tolerance laws, I want…
Categories: Awareness, Memories
Tags: Awareness, Bullying, Inner Peace, Memories, Strength

Dreaming of Me

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I have a strange recurring dream. It’s been going on since I was a child. In the dream, I am me, but I cannot see myself, only what I can view through my eyes. I am running through white space, which becomes a desert, and suddenly I realize that someone is holding my hand, pulling…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Awareness, Dreams, Self Care, Self Confidence, Strength

5 Ways Nature Boosts Your Brain

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It’s official. Our brains don’t need expensive vitamins or popular superfood smoothies to stay healthy. The proof is in the pudding, well, ok, some new scientific research, which by spending some time in nature, you can benefit BIG TIME. Lots of natural environments are covered, from parks and farms to beaches, wilderness trails, and even…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: De-stress, Exercise, Health, Healthy Habits, Inspiration, Motivation, Nature, Self Care, Wellness

5 Ways to Love Yourself

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We are all a bit quirky. Yes, every one of us. So what’s wrong with that? The truth is that many of us see these beautiful, amazing unique qualities as flaws, and we just don’t fit the jigsaw puzzle of society. Let’s face it, we all tend to zoom in and focus on our imperfections,…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Auhentic, Confident, Happy, Inner Strength, Inspired, Self Love, Strong