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Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Uh no, that would be end of June!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017      11 comments

I think I could relate to most Holiday songs if they came on the radio late June, if/when my job slowed down and preferably on the way driving to the beach for a vacation. Yes, I'm dreaming of a...saaandy VACA...just like the one we had last yea... Read more
You've Always had the Power my Dear
Monday, November 27, 2017      12 comments

Spoiler alert: If you never saw The Wizard of Oz and plan to..then don't read any further. As a wide-eyed and goofy kid, the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz and learned Dorothy always had the power (to go back home I believe), I thought I had ... Read more
Weak & Vulnerable, but Determined
Tuesday, November 14, 2017      11 comments

The waves of temptation are back full force. I feel it at the grocery store when I'm tired and stressed and walking through the bakery. How did I get here? I could have sworn I was in the fresh vegetable section and then next thing I know I am s... Read more
And then came CHANGE
Tuesday, November 07, 2017      8 comments

Why is it that so often in life change only comes after crisis? Does anyone tip toe into weightloss or other life changes? Perhaps they do, but is it common? It just seems that so often it's a health crisis or an emotional meltdown or a push tha... Read more
Coping Strategy that Makes me Giggle
Wednesday, November 01, 2017      12 comments

This is making me laugh today during a time when I'm starting to get overwhelmed. It came to me yesterday after a series of life's annoyances added on to some bigger stressors. Among other things, my credit card number was stolen. I'm not respon... Read more
Stepping back & Building Mental Muscles
Sunday, October 29, 2017      11 comments

It's the storm before the calm right now with advocating for our son and already we are seeing progress. We feel confident in our choice to use an advocate. Nobody we have known has found success with due process or state complaints-hard to prov... Read more
Stop and Savor
Friday, October 20, 2017      11 comments

Right after my visit to the radiology center, I was automatically stopping and savoring any aspect of life I could. My organs were looking spiffy and I was feeling full of optimism, looking at life through triple rose-colored glasses for the res... Read more
My Body Yelled at Me and I Listened
Tuesday, October 17, 2017      13 comments

So at some point after my last blogpost I was up all night in pain and had a series of symptoms which led to my primary care physician. Some findings on those tests led me to get an abdominal scan. In the waiting area for the scan I was wearing ... Read more
Tripped, Got up, Declared Victory and Saw a Reg Flag
Saturday, October 07, 2017      13 comments

A few weeks ago a crisis propelled me into a new role with my aging parents. It brought to light that one parent has started declining more rapidly. I am fortunate that I live close enough that I can be a support at their home and in the hospita... Read more
Sometimes I have to look to a Higher Power for Strength and Resolution
Wednesday, October 04, 2017      9 comments

This isn't going to be a blog about any one religion. Heck, my own religious institution was pretty unwelcoming to my child with special needs and I have shared stories with so many SN moms and dads with similar experiences. Sometimes, people in... Read more
Don't Miss the Sunshine
Friday, September 29, 2017      11 comments

Years ago, I read a question in a self-help book that changed my thinking...instead of "Why me" ask "Why not me?" Life throws poop at us sometimes and rather than whine and feel sorry for myself, I need to remind myself that I am no more special... Read more
Maybe the Straw DOESN'T Break the Camel's Back
Wednesday, September 20, 2017      11 comments

Maybe that final straw leads to a crisis that in the end makes the camel get stronger. I am at that point with a situation with my child's school and how they are accommodating or not accommodating my child's special needs. I am at THE LAST STRA... Read more
The Difference between a Walk and some Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
Wednesday, September 13, 2017      12 comments

English is my first language; yet, it took me this long to fully understand the holistic difference between using walks vs. using cookies to cope with life challenges. In the past, when I used treats to cope, I was numbing difficult emotions. I ... Read more
Goldy Dog and the 3 Legs
Sunday, September 10, 2017      14 comments

Once upon a time (well recently actually),I was doing a morning walk on a crisp, cool and blissful fall like days in a neighborhood filled with trees who's leaves were already showing the first signs of lovely autumn vibrancy. This is a neighbor... Read more
Ob Ob Ob......Obsessing....
Saturday, September 02, 2017      15 comments

Anxiety in and of itself is not the enemy unless it is allowed to be the boss. It serves an important purpose as long as it doesn't paralyze us. It can propel us forward and drives us in the right amount. It sends us into problem-solving mode. ... Read more

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