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What Makes a Chicken Happy?

A couple of weeks ago, we received 40 baby chicks in the mail. This is the third year we’ve raised them. I’m amazed at how much I enjoy seeing them grow from little fuzz balls to big [...]

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Feeling Stressed? Try a Different Perspective

What problems, worries, or frustrations have been on your mind recently? Lately, we’ve been concerned about the cost of out-of-state tuition for our daughter as she starts college. The [...]

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The Difference Between Optimists and Pessimists

Life can be hard!! Losing a job or failing in business can be downright scary and discouraging. Getting rejected from our dream college can feel devastating. Then there’s the frustration of [...]

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From Irritation to Understanding: Harnessing the Pause-Notice-Choose Approach to Be Your Best Self

I was in another room when I heard my husband yelling from the kitchen, asking why I hadn’t taken out the garbage. I instantly felt annoyed and responded in an irritated tone, saying that I [...]

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Listen to the Warning Signals – Is It Time for a Change?

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t do your best work because you didn’t have enough time or the right skills? Have these types of situations ever made you doubt your abilities or shaken your [...]

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How Do You Make Others Feel? A Critical Way to Improve Relationships and Interactions

Have you ever stopped to think about how you make other people feel? Whether it’s a loved one or a difficult colleague, do they feel better or worse after interacting with you? Do they feel [...]

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My New Mantra – Enthusiasm without Attachment

My daughter will be graduating from high school in less than two months. It’s a time of big changes and big decisions. And many of them are outside my control. She wants to go to school far [...]

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Are You Putting Energy into the Relationships that Matter Most?

Think of a time when you wanted another person to like you. Maybe it was when you were dating. Maybe it was a new boss. Think back to how you tried to be your best self. Maybe you listened more. [...]

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Go Ahead and Cry

I’m at the store and notice a mom with a small child. I quickly catch on that the child is holding a toy they want their mom to buy for them, but the mom is telling them to put it back. The [...]

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I Couldn’t Help But Laugh – But I Didn’t Know the Hurt I Caused

I couldn’t help but overhear as my friend edited the video they had just recorded for their business. I laughed out loud as I heard them redoing their introduction on the recording for the [...]