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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 your shoulders are scrunched up, and your mind is racing – lots of “what if’s?” This is anxiety contagion, and it can spread like wildfire if you aren’t careful. Yes, you read it right; emotions are contagious. Although this sometimes works out in our favor, we all know a happy friend who has time for a chat can boost our endorphins, and share a happy mood boost, there is also a chance of personal emotional harm. Nobody needs to absorb more stress than what they have in their own lives. Stress can cause significant ailments from CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) to depression, autoimmune disorders, and heart disease. Yes, stress can kill you, so let’s try and keep it minimal. In a recent study, pairs of lab mice were placed in a cage. One mouse was removed and exposed to a mild stressor. It was returned…

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

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