The 20% Rule

I am notorious for making mountains out of molehills.  If one tiny thing goes wrong, I immediately expect everything else to crumble.  For instance, if one of my kids is acting up and I can’t figure out why, I leap to the conclusion they are headed down a bad path and can’t be saved.  My

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The Guideposts of Loss (Part Two)

In part one of this series, I highlighted how even in the darkest of times, the light will manage to find us. For this second part, I will share how to communicate with others and your loved ones when faced with a significant loss. It’s been about a month since we had to put our

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The Guideposts of Loss (Part One)

A couple of weeks ago our beloved dog, Kisses, became seriously ill.  After running tests on her at the vet’s office, it was confirmed that she had cancer and her body was starting to shut down.  We made the incredibly difficult but humane choice to put her down.  I felt compelled to write about it.

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The ‘Reality’ of Social Media

When I first entered the world of personal social media I felt a lot of pressure.  First and foremost because I was lagging way behind.  Most people I knew had accounts for years and were experts at posting amazing tidbits of their adventure-filled lives.  Secondly, I thought I had to showcase the myriad of talents

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Loved As Is

Growing up, I was very similar to my mother.  We shared the same interests, values, humor and a love of the Chicago Cubs.  We certainly were cut from the same cloth.  Where we differed dramatically, and I’m placing a huge emphasis on the word dramatically, is in how we emotionally perceived the world.  I wore

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