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Family, Finances, Friends, Habits, Kindness, Parenting, Recovery, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality

Transformation 2020 – Step 4: Setting Intentions

A few months ago, I was listening to The Adult Chair podcast titled The Power of Intentions. In this podcast, Michelle Chalfant described the difference between a resolution and an intention, and immediately I was hooked. We all know that resolutions don’t work – most of the time. If you are part of that lucky… Continue reading Transformation 2020 – Step 4: Setting Intentions

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Boundaries, Family, Habits, Recovery, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality

Transformation 2020 – Step 3: Make a Declaration

Today is the day that you decide who you are and where you want to go. If you’ve been following along with the steps to transform your life in 2020, you reflected on the past year and reminded yourself of your values. Now it is time to turn those values into declarations. Declarations allow us… Continue reading Transformation 2020 – Step 3: Make a Declaration

Fear, Habits, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality

Transformation 2020 – Step 2: Examine Your Values

In July 2009, I was on a plane on my way to Spain. I was running away from another failing relationship, spending money I didn’t really have to spend, and hiding from the truth I would only come to recognize six years later: I needed to change my life. I was passing the time by… Continue reading Transformation 2020 – Step 2: Examine Your Values

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Habits, Recovery, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality

Transformation 2020 – Step 1: Self-Reflection

I’m ashamed to report that a majority of my adult life – the time between my high school graduation and my 30th birthday – I didn’t know the power of reflection. I assumed that everything that was happening in my life was a result of things happening TO me, that I had no control. People… Continue reading Transformation 2020 – Step 1: Self-Reflection

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Anxiety, Family, Parenting, Relationships

When Your Baby is Hurting

She was quiet when she got in the car. It was only the second week of school, and I could tell something was off. “How was your day, love?” I asked N, knowing full well that this isn’t the question that is going to get me answers. “Fine,” she responded, looking out the window. “What… Continue reading When Your Baby is Hurting

Family, Spirituality

When Danielle Shows Up

I’m not a very spiritual person. Sometimes I say this matter-of-factly, other times I say this out of exasperation, other times I say it wistfully. It’s not that I don’t believe in a higher power, because I think I do. I know that I don’t buy all of the religious stuff, and not because I’m… Continue reading When Danielle Shows Up

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The Moving Meltdown

We’re moving. Unexpectedly and suddenly. The why is a story for another day. First, we’ll talk about what it’s doing to my head. Anyone who has ever moved understands the stress and pressure it puts on your life. Anyone who has ever been a teacher understands that August – the week before school starts –… Continue reading The Moving Meltdown

Anxiety, Relationships

When the Wall Goes Up

Thank God for Ke$ha. First, damn, that girl can sing. But most importantly, she has a way of finding the inner peace hidden deep within my soul on even the shittiest of days and bringing it to the forefront. It may take playing “Praying” on repeat my entire drive into work, and anyone nearby during… Continue reading When the Wall Goes Up