Sentimental Family Recipes

Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived over 2,000 miles away from my family. I would call or write my mom and ask her for recipes. One day I said, "Would you write down some of your recipes?" My mom wrote down a few of the special cherished family secret recipes that I [...]

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The Seasons Change…

Its been a long Winter! We have had either rain, overcast days or blizzard winter conditions. We can end up with a Vitamin D deficiency due to the lack of sunlight. The blessing with the seasons is they eventually change. Now we are in Spring, and the there are buds on the trees, flowers are [...]

Spring Break Stay-cationing

Last year we took a trip during Spring Break to Greenville, SC. It was exciting to plan and look forward to. We had a great time exploring and discovering a new region and area. This year, we decided to stay home or "Stay-cation" during Spring Break. As the time approached coworkers would mention the warm [...]

Forgiveness…its a Gift you Give Yourself!

Do you have lukewarm relationship with your parent(s), sibling(s) or a friend? Have you ever had a disagreement with a loved one? How about a difference of opinion in the workplace with your boss, or maybe it was a coworker? Have you ever missed out on an amazing opportunity, for example a potential job? Have [...]

Do You Get “The Winter Blues?”

All the festivities of the holidays are over, the tax season has officially begun. We have seen our first big snow storm, the temperatures are dropping, and this is the time of year, when I can "get in a funk." I have to conscientiously keep myself motivated and positive during this doldrum month... I meditate, [...]

What Happened to My Reader? by Sarah FitzHenry and Jared Passmore

Beautifully written article!

Nerdy Book Club

“What happened to my reader? Last year, he was in the library every week picking out books. I had to take his book away at meals. Now, I can’t get him to read anything. It’s like he has no interest in it.” This mystery baffles parents, librarians, and teachers alike. As students pass through middle school and into high school, many of them stop reading for pleasure. Loving adults beg, cajole, bargain, mandate… but nothing works.

            Let’s get one thing out of the way: It’s not your fault. It’s not your child’s fault, either. Major neurological changes take place during middle school years, and these developments affect the way pre-adolescents view the world. While these changes are happening internally, their lives are changing externally, too; homework demands increase significantly, athletics and other extracurricular commitments take up more and more time, and social interests become a principal focus. Additionally, the…

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Going into the Unknown…Change!

As this year comes to a close...I am reflecting on the events of this year. The biggest challenge for me as well as for some of my loved ones has been “Change.” For me 2018 has been a year of Transformation and Transition which comes in all different forms: A new job or possibly added [...]

What are you ready to let go of?

Informative & Beautiful article about the benefits and possibilities of “Letting Go…”:).

Thriving Under Pressure

This post was inspired by a stressful situation that I couldn’t let go of, long beyond its solution. No matter how hard I tried. Day in day out. The worry would reappear. Then someone close to me suggested “I shed the stress”. And a lightbulb went off. Each time the repetitive thought appeared, I imagined a tree shedding its leaves. A golden leaf for every anxious thought. This visualization process made all the difference. And so did writing about it.  📝🍂

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If you had a magic wand, what would you ask to disappear in your life right now?

What would you say good-bye to?

Once and for all.

It could be an emotion. Or a thought.

A relationship. Or a job.

A place or a thing.

Stress management is a shedding process ℘ Not an acquisition project

It’s time to let go of what drains you.

Let go of what holds you back.

Let go…

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Counting Our Blessings!

I have two family members that work in healthcare. Every year they are scheduled on Thanksgiving and Christmas! At first, it was disappointing, than we began to reevaluate our options. We always celebrate the holidays...it is not on Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have learned to make the time to gather to celebrate our family and [...]

Danger…He Had No Idea!

[ Sometimes we do not know what we don't know until someone points out what we did not know or it's too late! In June, my husband went in for his routine Colonoscopy. When his vitals were taken, his Blood Pressure was 230/130! The BP cuff was kept on him while prior to the colonoscopy procedure [...]