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And…I’m back. I find that I need more breaks between posts lately, and I humbly beg forgiveness. It’s been a busy couple of months, and all my stuff has fallen to the wayside because of my new job. Yes, you read that correctly, new job. And hence, this post sort of formed itself. As we grow up, we are reminded that to achieve success; we need to bolster our intelligence. The students with the highest grades get to be valedictorian and salutatorian,  and universities typically accept candidates with the highest SAT or ACT scores. Being smart is important, but new research from Stanford University says that a positive attitude helps more than your IQ. Having sent two kids off to college, I have to agree. The mindset-based approach, created by psychologist Carol Dweck, splits all of us humans into two categories. We either hold a “fixed mindset,” or a “growth mindset.” It is which of these that you carry that will determine your attitude and success in school and life. Those people with a fixed mindset believe that “you are who are, and you cannot change. All those folks living with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with…

Build Your Anxiety Immunity

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Anxiety is contagious. No, it’s true. Just think about it for a quick NY minute. Have you ever had a conversation with a friend who is under pressure? Career, relationship, kids, the dressing room at Loehmann’s? You realize when you hang up or leave the coffee shop that your neck feels a bit tense, and…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Anxiety, Healthy Attitude, Immunity, Mental Health

Lessons from the Menagerie

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We all have pre-recorded messages playing in our heads, from long ago. Often the messages are less than approving. Think back to your childhood peeps. “Watch where you’re going, Don’t put that in your mouth, etc.” Many of them percolate in our brains before our conscious memories manifest. They are buried somewhere in our minds…
Categories: Journal / Gripes, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Happiness, Love, Pets, Self Love, Unconditional Love

Time for a Break

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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…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Break, Faith, Healthy Attitude, Self Care, Self Improvement, Trusting Yourself

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