Ditching the Golden Handcuffs – Quit Your Job, Follow Your Passions

I took the leap from the edge of the cliff. I had been monitoring the under currents, the wind direction, and the weather. I finally decided to jump. I decided to resign from my stable, secure, corporate job and follow my passions. It wasn’t a snap decision. No, it had been a decision mulling in […]

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Patrick the Persevering Great Dane Puppy

Patrick, the Great Dane puppy, was a bundle of energy. It puzzled him to no end that he couldn’t jump across the stream. Then, one day, he made an amazing discovery about gratitude and perseverance (a story for all generations)… The Persevering Puppy Jumping across the stream at lunchtime was a favorite pastime of Patrick’s […]

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Prioritize, Purpose, Prune – Hints for Simplifying in 2015

Here in our little nest, I usually end up spending the month of January as a cleaning month. After the Christmas decorations come down, I get into this mood to get ready for Spring. I go on a cleaning spree in the Winter so that I can spend Springtime outside enjoying the weather. First, I […]

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What Mary Poppins Taught Me About Managing My Time

First of let me say I can’t ever say the name “Mary Poppins” without my brain bursting into song because I LOVED that Disney movie with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. So I’m writing this while I’m humming and my toes are tapping. And here, you can listen to one of my favorite while […]

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Inter-generational friendships in the Empty Nest

Inter-generational friendships can enrich your life at all ages. If you look around you, and all your friends are just like you, you may want to start reaching out to those who are older or younger. For instance, when we were on a trip to Alaska we were able to hear a presentation by Libby […]

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Writing for Personal Effective Change

The other day I was doing some rearranging of bookshelves and found myself exploring a cubby hole filled with some of my old journals. Instantly, the task at hand was derailed. I began exploring and reminiscing with the words jumping from the pages as if they were on little pogo sticks bouncing back into my […]

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How to deal with difficult people during the holidays

Christmas is close at our heels and if you have been caught in any of the holiday hustle and bustle you’ve probably had to deal with difficult people. Life presents you with many special challenges. One of those particularly vexing situations is developing a sense of how to confidently deal with difficult people. When you […]

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Celebrating the big 5 OH

Last week I helped my husband celebrate the big 5 0. I was attempting to plan a get-away trip for him but due to some other circumstances we had to stay close to home. Since he is a HUGE fan of passenger airliners and we live in the Dallas/Fort Worth TX area, my plan was […]

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14 Motivation Secrets for Making Everything Better

Scientists, teachers, and business leaders have spent a lot of time trying to find more effective ways to motivate people. Intrinsic motivation is your behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to do a behavior comes from within you the individual because it is “intrinsically” inside YOU to be rewarding. […]

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Empty Nest Country Live vs City Life

Sometimes, one of the steps of the Empty Nest is to sell the ‘family’ house and move.  But where do you decide to move to?  Some couples have it already planned and know at the drop of a hat where their “retirement” home will be. I hope you enjoy the story about this New Zealand […]

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