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6 Tips to THRIVE During the Holidays

December 3, 2013

Are you already overwhelmed with the holiday rush? Every year, we approach the season with a bit of dread, expecting that we will be stressed out more than we are blissful, and hoping that we can just make it through the month of December. Here are a few tips to help you actually THRIVE in the more »

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Lani Hall Alpert’s Emotional Memoirs

November 18, 2013

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lani Hall Alpert about her first book, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, a collection of ten short works of fiction and non-fiction, set against the backdrop of her home city Chicago. From singing to writing, Lani shared how she found freedom and confidence through words. Her vivid and powerful stories will more »

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And out came toads….

November 6, 2013

I’m going to start out by saying that I’m going to talk (briefly) about a pet peeve. Let’s just call it a Public Service Announcement. Our words (and thoughts) have power We live in a responsive Universe We do, at some point, reap what we sow That said, here is my peeve:   It really bothers more »

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Have you had your melanoma screening?

November 6, 2013
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As an Ambassador for RoC® Skin Care Products, I have the privilege of receiving great information on maintaining healthy skin. That goes beyond basic skin care, including prevention of melanoma.  When I received recent statistics about this deadly cancer, I quickly said that I would publish this data, for a very personal reason. My husband has more »

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It’s time to play dress-up again!

October 10, 2013
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Do you know who you want to be “when you grow up?” Can you vision living the life that fills you with joy, purpose and ease? When we were little girls, we role-played as nurses, movie stars, teachers and princesses.  We let our imaginations run wild as we assumed any persona, with no limitations to more »

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Rest Well

September 26, 2013

Are you resting well? Last week, our pastor began an 18-month journey through Genesis, and on week two, discussed the concept of “resting well.” He pointed out that, from the beginning of time, rest was built in to creation. God formed the heavens and the earth, all the vegetation and animals, and finally man and more »

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3 Steps to a Happier Life

September 25, 2013
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I saw an interview with Marci Shimoff recently, and she had some great points that need to be shared. Marci is a #1 NY Times bestselling author, a celebrated transformational leader, and one of the nation’s leading experts on happiness, success, and unconditional love. She wrote Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, more »

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Are you stuck in a rut?

September 23, 2013
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Are you stuck in a rut? Being in a rut is comfortable. It doesn’t require any energy, vision, or courage. In your rut, you can simply exist as you have always been, gradually getting deeper and deeper in the mud that extinguishes your brilliance. Before you know it, you are so deep that you can’t more »

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September 23, 2013

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Moving Toward Retirement with Purpose

September 21, 2013
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Are you close to retirement? If you have had a long career that is winding down, chances are you are looking to the future with mixed emotions. First, there is the anxious anticipation of having more free time to do the things you love to do. Then, there is the fear of the unknown.  How more »

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Beware of the Energy Vampires!

September 18, 2013
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I was talking with a friend recently who was starting a new business, and she had hit a major roadblock. Although she knew she was following her life purpose, focusing on a new way to serve women through coaching, the critical comment of one “friend” had totally derailed her.  All that she had accomplished toward more »

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Happy International Women’s Friendship Month!

September 13, 2013
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  I am constantly reminded about the value of having girlfriends. We can’t do life alone! It is so very important for us to have cheerleaders, accountability partners, listeners, advisers, and women who bring joy and energy to our lives. Knowing that we have certain people we can count on for anything we need is more »

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3 Lessons I Learned Over the Summer

August 21, 2013

What happened? Summer has whizzed by and September is right around the corner.  Two-thirds of the year is behind us, and Christmas decorations have been in Hobby Lobby for weeks! As I have been creating my new program “Reinvention Road Trip” for you and writing an eBook, I have been laser-focused on writing, learning and more »

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My God and the Lotus Flower

August 14, 2013
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Yesterday,  I was presented with a concept that I had never thought about—someone told me that my “branding” around the lotus flower has Buddhist overtones. To say I was shocked is an understatement! That had never crossed my mind, and just the thought of projecting a belief contrary to my deep Christian faith sent me more »

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Spread YOUR Wings in the Empty Nest!

August 6, 2013
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Summer is waning (though you wouldn’t know it by the heat!) and for many families, the kids are headed back to school. For some of you, this is not your normal “back to school,” but also the beginning of your Empty Nest. You’ve thought about it for years, maybe even dreaded it, and now reality more »

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10 Reasons You Have Too Many Clothes

July 29, 2013
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Guest post from Ginger Burr, President of Total Image Consultants. Women never come to me and say I want lots of clothes. Nope…never. In fact, more often than not they tell me that they want to simplify. My interpretation of this is that they want fewer clothes that they wear more often. And while some more »

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FFFF Friday-estrogen dominance, Vitamin D and Tabata!

July 26, 2013

It’s “Forgetful Frustrating Flabby Fabulous Friday” again, and today I’m back with an update on my battle with estrogen dominance, Vitamin D deficiency and more. I recently wrote about discovering that I am estrogen dominant. You can read about that by clicking here. I was fed up with feeling tired, fat, and like I had PMS constantly. Estrogen more »

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Eating the Rainbow!

July 24, 2013
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Have you had this experience – You get an email that you must eat these super foods only to open it (in case you’re not eating one) and then find out it’s different foods than you’ve been told before that are “the ones”. For instance, a couple of years ago quinoa was on all these lists. Not more »

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A lesson in saying “NO!”

July 23, 2013
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Do you have trouble saying the word “NO?” For most women, that word is not even in our vocabulary! We think that we have to do everything for everyone, whether we really want to or not. If we don’t do it, who will? And if someone else does do it, it certainly won’t be done more »

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Your Midlife Reinvention Journey

July 23, 2013
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Ahhh, summer. Even as an empty-nester, I look forward to slowing down in June to re-focus and recharge.  For many of us, summer includes a vacation getaway, going to a place that may bring adventure, excitement, rest, contentment and a sense of accomplishment when plans go as expected, or even better. Planning a vacation is more »

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What are you waiting for?

July 18, 2013

In my previous blog post about your  Midlife Reinvention Journey, I mentioned throwing out the heavy baggage that is holding you back so you can break free and enjoy the road ahead. But way too many people can’t even take a small step in that direction! They keep stalling, spinning their wheels and digging deeper more »

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Where do you live?

July 17, 2013
Comfort Zone

Iti’s Wordless Wednesday and this graphic needs no explanation. Where are you living now? Are you ready to make a move?

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The Transformative Power of Kindness

July 16, 2013

This video shows the transformative power of kindness, and how words can totally change a life. What do you think?

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Be a Better Girlfriend, Italian Style

July 15, 2013
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Italian women and their girlfriends—they stroll arm-in-arm through the streets, talking about their families or what went on that day, or their plans for tomorrow. They laugh, shop and walk their dogs together, taking time to really know one another. They have the relationship thing down, from the time they are young until they are more »

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Alkalize Your Body for Optimal Health

July 13, 2013
Alkaline Foods

Yesterday, I wrote about receiving the results from my comprehensive blood test, which followed the discovery that I am estrogen dominant. In addition to a very low Vitamin D level, I have a slightly acidic body. Today, I am re-posting an article from Nutritionist Chris McKee telling us how to alkalize our bodies with a more »

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