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Getting Real…Again!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 0 comments

Getting Real…Again!

Who am I? What are my strengths? How do I want to spend my time? What matters most right here and now? These are some questions I’ve delved into over recent months and I find myself closer to answers that feel real – authentic. I also find myself building a more real – authentic – version of my life…again. It’s a process, you see. Something to check in on periodically and readjust accordingly. Now with the answers, my action list becomes clearer: • Clean up this website, making it simple and easy on the eyes • Add blog posts that are true to...

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It Must be a Duck!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 0 comments

It Must be a Duck!

You know the saying, “if it walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, then it must BE a duck”? Many times, we just don’t want to admit it – that it IS a duck. “I’m sure she didn’t mean it that way.” “He’s just having a bad day.” “Probably something I ate – I’m sure it’s nothing.” Well, perhaps they DID mean it that way, a bad day had nothing to do with it, and your body is trying to tell you something important. It all comes down to trusting ourselves, our intuition, our bodies’ signals. At some level, we all know what’s right for own...

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I HATE It When That Happens…

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 0 comments

I HATE It When That Happens…

… You know… when NOTHING happens. When nothing goes my way and every new idea just seems to fizzle out. Blah. That’s where I’ve been the past few months – feeling fizzled out and blah. Ever felt like that yourself? What did YOU do? I wallowed a bit and then remembered, “Hey, this is not my usual M.O. What’s up with you, self? Let’s move on outta this blah place.” And then I asked, “OK, what now?” I made some choices and … Took a class to explore something new Said “no” when I might’ve in the past said “yes” Got reacquainted with my tennis...

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Joy to You and Me

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog | 3 comments

Joy to You and Me

Tis the season to be jolly! Fa la la la la, la la la la Are you there yet? Jolly, that is? Feeling the joys of the season, the excitement in the air, the hustle-bustle of shopping and prepping? Ready for some fun and family gatherings and good food? It all points to being jolly… doesn’t it? Well, to be honest, it took me several days, but I’m getting there… jollier by the hour. My house is decorated in beautiful lights (thank you dear husband), most of the shopping is done, and my family in Tucson is excited about our arrival later this week....

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…And ANOTHER Thing…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 3 comments

…And ANOTHER Thing…

Not really. NOT one more thing! I am up to my ears in things like papers and books and spatulas, tee shirts and ballpoint pens! I’ve been purging and organizing this summer in preparation for home remodel projects, you see. “DO NOT bring one more THING into this house!” is my motto. “Ok, then you will ELIMINATE 3 others if you bring in a new one.” “Alright, if it’s REALLY cute, then bring it on in and add to the rest. What the heck?” You see how well this organizing project is working? “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be...

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I’m Eligible for AAR… WHAT?!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 4 comments

I’m Eligible for AAR… WHAT?!

Have you received that letter? You know the one, with that big red and white logo, from that organization called… A-A-R-P. I opened it once and it actually was a very nice invitation asking me to join their group of … ahem … older people. So, I tossed it. Then it came again a few months later. And then again months after that. Seems it’s inevitable that this letter will show up in the mailbox. It’s as inevitable as, well, getting older. It happens to us all, this getting-older/aging/maturing phe-nom, and in the big scheme of things, who...

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What’s A Person to Do??

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 2 comments

What’s A Person to Do??

That’s been on my mind recently in light of current events. Maybe it’s been on yours too. Then, a famous quote came to mind from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Encouraging. Hopeful. Empowering. We need more of those reminders. This got me to further thinking… what actions, truly, can one person take to affect change in our ever-changing, complicated world? So, I started a list to see what might resonate with me: Write letters to...

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NUTs!!

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

NUTs!!

They can certainly make us feel that way, those NUTs – a bit crazy and discombobulated, stressed out, anxious and just all around irritated. NOT the wal- and pea- nuts, nor the pecan, pistachio or kukui type. This is a different, yet all too common variety, these NUTs… Nagging Unfinished Tasks – NUTs that yes, make us feel a little… nuts ourselves.   Dr. Oz says they are “often very simple to fix but if you never get around to them, NUTs create a subtle underlying angst that can undermine your health.” Author Jack Canfield calls them “messes...

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And Who are You Again?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

And Who are You Again?

As you catch your reflection in a mirror or window, ever been taken off guard? Ever been so caught up in life’s happenings that you forgot to look into your own eyes… follow your own dreams… put yourself first once in a while? Do you ever forget to remember… who you really are and what truly makes you happy? Me too. On occasion, I unconsciously do things, go places, eat stuff and absorb information that does not serve me. It’s just not being true to that better person inside, the one who knows the Truth about me, that “inner guide”. We all...

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Wag More. Bark Less.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in "SoapBox" Blog, The SoapBox | 1 comment

Wag More. Bark Less.

Purr more. Grumble less. Relax more. Hiss less. Chirp more. Screech less. Snuggle more. Stress less. Lessons learned, and available if we choose to heed them, from our furry and scaly friends. This week, an ode to our animal companions and appreciation for what they give us. Whether dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, piggy, bird, horse, lizard and yes, even coatimundi, they are our connection to nature, to that Big Thing that is bigger than us. Whether in your care as your pet or as a backyard visitor, they are amazing examples of beings just…...

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