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I love me some Seth Godin. I may have mentioned that a time or two or fourteen. The man is hella wise. As I sit on my couch this Friday evening, relaxing from the week behind me, I find myself reflecting on a post he wrote recently on “the good parts”… “You don’t get to just do the good parts. Of course. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have chosen this path if it was guaranteed to work every time. When the tough parts come along, the rejection and the slog and the unfair bad breaks, it makes sense to welcome…

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Women and ambition in the workforce has become a hot topic these days thanks (in part) to Sheryl Sandberg, C.O.O. of Facebook, and her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Although I’ve not yet read her book, I’ve always been a fan of her professional prowess. Of course, the discussions dominating the blogosphere and news outlets as a result of her offering are not unfamiliar to me personally. I know first hand how difficult it is for women to navigate the terrain of work, career success, and family responsibilities. I live it, baby. (And I’ve…

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Why are you hiding? I’ve been asking myself that question for at least two weeks. In that time I’ve written and removed two blog posts, then came up with three other ideas and didn’t write any of them. Why? Because it’s safer. Writing is sharing a piece of myself without knowing how it will be received, and that feels really risky.  The above is an excerpt from a post written by Lauree  Ostrofsky of Simply Leap. I met Lauree years ago at an event and have followed her (okay, stalked her) online ever since. When her newsletter dropped into my…

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Have you ever made a resolution to live a healthier life but had trouble sticking with it? Who hasn’t? A recent MSN and Impulse survey revealed that nearly 30 percent of people said they want to eat healthier in the New Year, either by eliminating junk food or starting a new diet, but 39 percent also cited ‘lack of time’ as the reason they’re not typically successful in sticking to resolutions. Oh how I can relate! Nationally recognized nutrition expert and author Keri Glassman is on a mission to help people like you and I set goals and keep them…

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I’ve quite accidentally stumbled across a gold mine of health, wellness, fitness and inspiration. It is called Gaiam TV. GaiamTV.com is an online video streaming service which operates similarly to Netflix. Fitness and health junkies of the world, get ready to swoon… For a $9.95 a month subscription, one can get  unlimited access to thousands of streaming videos straight to your computer or mobile device. Among the topics to chose from: spirituality personal development health fitness nutrition weight loss stress reduction and much more…   I first came at this site from a purely fitness mentality (Yoga! Pilates! Jillian Michaels!…

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This is a sakiz dondurmasi ice cream:   I have no idea what the name means so please, don’t ask.The description on the menu at Ayse Meze read “spiced orchid root-mastic ice cream.” Orchid root ice cream? Quite frankly, it was the last thing on the menu that I wanted to sample for dessert. Which is EXACTLY why I ordered it. It’s time to shake things up a little in my life. Time to try things I’ve never tried before.* Time to go and DO. That little bowl ofsakiz dondurmasi ice cream represented more to me than the waiter or…

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My grandmother was a self-educated woman. Growing up poor in inner city Baltimore, she wasn’t encouraged to stay in school. In fact, we’re pretty sure she didn’t attend classes past the fifth grade. But she was whip smart. She may not have had money or position but she sure as hell had gumption. She took herself to the library (it was free) and more than made up for her lack of education.  She read everything she got her hands on, right up until she passed away. She wasn’t going to let her circumstances rob her of knowledge. The above quote reminds…

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I’ve said yes too often. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve been lectured about this issue of mine. (My mom, my husband, my friends…) Make no mistake, it has been an issue. Because at heart, I am, and always have been, a people pleaser. I want to help. I want to make others happy. I want to volunteer my time. I want to help with challenges. I want to save the freakin’ world. When I had children, I quickly learned that I couldn’t do it all so I tried to stop saying yes so often. And I…

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I have a near paralyzing fear of heights. When I get above 15 feet, I can’t function. I start to shake and have a hard time breathing. I’m a mess. Sadly, this limitation of mine has shaped much of my life. I don’t ski. I won’t ride Ferris wheels. I never go to the edge of a building or mountain and admire the view. Until last weekend.  Last weekend I literally took a leap. Essentially, I took a ride on a giant trapeze and jumped off of a  50 foot platform… ON. PURPOSE. Who does that?! I DO, in fact. Let me…

Have you ever clung to something desperately? A thought? A hope? A situation? A person? A set of ideals? A belief? Have you ever been completely afraid to let go? (Really and truly and finally)  I know I have. So many times. I was afraid to let go of my business. But I thrived. I was afraid to let go of my childhood dream. But it wasn’t mean to be. I was afraid to let go of my preconceived notions. But I’m learning. And growing. It was hard, yes. Very hard. It always is. But I survived. And I’m okay.…