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I Wasn’t Too Old to Change After All

I’ve always been a list person. I like orderly, pigeonholed thought processes. When I read information, it automatically appears in my brain as an outline – none of those messy, ideas-all-over-the-page graphic organizers. For eighteen years my educational philosophy...

5 Life Lessons Learned After Divorce

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell I thought I had my life planned.  Since I was a junior in high school, I knew I was going to marry my high school sweetheart, have two children and...

How I Found New Power In My Mistakes

I’ve had opportunities. I’ve tried my hand at many jobs. I did the corporate thing and worked in the academic sphere. I organized parties and I worked in fashion. I poured drinks, pushed charities and baked apple pies. I’ve written books, scripts, and I even directed...

How to Find Beauty From Grief

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi It was 9:25 am ET and my office phone rang. Picking up, I was...

Silence and Introversion.

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of...

The Courage To Leap

“Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison My instructor held out a tattered jumpsuit. “Here,” he said. “Put this on. It’s about 30 degrees colder up there.” The jumpsuit was purple, my favorite color. I took it as...

Why I Ran a Full Marathon

Humans can never outrun a horse, a cheetah or even a greyhound. That’s a well-established fact. A lesser known fact is that on an extremely hot day, the human body is built to run long distances faster than any animal on the planet. We regulate our temperature via...

Why I Love Change (But Used To Hate It)

Most of my life, I hated change. Maybe it was because we moved every year or two when I was growing up. New house, new city, new school, new friends. It’s tough to feel comfortable with no consistency. Whatever the reason for it, I liked things to stay the way they...

When I Said No to Anxiety.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu I had lost 15 pounds in 3 months. Between work, school, and an unhealthy, quasi-relationship with a man thirteen years older than me, my anxiety had reached an intolerable...

My Experience with Aging and Divorce

You still have the body that doesn’t move as fast, the digestion that likes to keep you guessing what food you can tolerate today, and the mind that isn’t quite as sharp as before. But couple these things with divorce, bankruptcy, or death, and aging can be...

Why Depression Has Been a Gift in Disguise.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin About eight months ago, I resigned from my job as a high school college and career advisor. I didn’t hate it. In fact, I derived the ultimate...

How I Made Peace with Perfectionism

“Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.” ― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power I once heard a famous, self-help guru/podcaster say, “Purpose is the thing that launches you out of bed each morning, ready to attack the...

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Frustration

When things go wrong, they really go wrong.  In the span of two weeks, I lost my biggest contract job, my entire family came down with a stomach flu, my husband had to leave on a long business trip, and I barely missed getting into a traffic accident three times...

Life Lessons I Learned While Teaching Overseas.

When I first decided to teach English abroad, my friends and family thought I was crazy. After all, I was a young woman, about to travel to a new country far from everyone and everything I knew. I was ready, though. I wanted a change from the same-old life that I saw...