Get creative! Art classes to get your creative juices flowing

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  I try to attend one or two creative classes a year, locally or online. It broadens my horizon, allows me to meet a whole new community of wonderfully talented people and teaches me a new craft or new techniques. My … Continue reading

9 ways to stay healthy and happy

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At the beginning of each year, people always start with the same kind of resolutions. exercise more eat healthily drink less alcohol … If you’ve followed me for some time, you know I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but … Continue reading

The 2014 Booklist

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The 2014 Booklist   Cheryl Strayed I first read Cheryl’s book ‘Wild‘ and felt immediately connected to her writing style. She is authentic, vulnerable, real and says it like it is. It so made me want to go on a … Continue reading

Forgiveness

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Forgiveness Last year, my Word of the Year was ‘LIGHT’ because I wanted to feel lighter, get rid of stuff. Looking at the year in retrospect, I have not been very successful at it Yes, I have eliminated material stuff … Continue reading

Are you a real grownup yet?

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Sometimes (often, actually), I catch myself in situations where I forget that I am the grownup. The obvious ones: the fun roller coaster ride with my boys at the amusement park, while painting in my studio, while playing and dancing … Continue reading

How to have a stressless Christmas

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December is usually a month where people run around like headless chicken. Finding presents for their loved ones. Getting the right tree and decoration. Preparing and decorating the house. Planning dinner. Finishing the year off on many levels. As you … Continue reading

Screw New Year’s Resolutions! Choose a Word of the Year!

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I was never good with New Year’s Resolutions. First, it was something you HAD to do. Because people would ask you ‘So, what’s your resolution for the new year?’. And if you didn’t have one, they’d look at you funny. … Continue reading

How to be alone and why it’s good for you

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The other day, I was having lunch and we were discussing how we spend our time. I was saying that I often enjoy having time to myself now that the kids spend half their time with their Dad. I get … Continue reading

Serendipity: how it can change your life

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Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise” (source). Or, as Glauco Ortolano puts it: Serendipity is the faculty of finding things we didn’t know we were looking for. Pek van Andel call it ‘the art of making an unsought … Continue reading

Do you have a tribe?

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(photo source) A tribe is viewed, historically or developmentally, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. Many people used the term “tribal society” to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of social, … Continue reading