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, [...]

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

Beautifully written article!

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“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 [...]

Imagine If a Classroom were like a Garden…

You plant a garden... Than you wait. You water so the garden grows... Than you wait. Some things do really well others succumb to weather or insects... Than you wait. If your blessed, you start to see growth in the plants & they take off but while all this is going on... You wait. One [...]

GrowIt!

This past Spring I bought some plants & flowers from a local Farmstand. Part of the checkout process was to give an invitation to join GrowIt a gardening social media platform for gardeners to share their pics of plants, ask questions, problem solve with the community. It was all given to me with a package [...]

When Does a Father Grow into a Dad?

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers…

Since writing this article a year ago…our other daughter & her boyfriend have bought a home, and her dad has become their “Go To” Mentor as they learn to navigate being new homeowners, and he learns when to “step in” and “when to step back!”

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I was blessed to grow up with a dad that took care of his family, provided for us, made sure we had what we needed to grow into successful adults.  My dad modeled parenting for me.  His parenting style evolved over the years as his children got older.  The reality is being married, having kids, balancing the roller coaster of life that starts out with the slow ascend arriving at the top only to descent at a rapid fire speed…there is no manual for those challenges life may bring. So what makes a father a dad and when does that metamorphose happen?

My husband’s parents divorced when he was very young, consequently he grew up in a single parent home.  His mom did a fantastic job of providing a home for my husband and his sister. She not only had to be the nurturer but she had to be the disciplinarian as…

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