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Mindset and Personal Growth

The Alchemy of Adversity - What Does Grief Have to Do with It?

The Alchemy of Adversity – What Does Grief Have to Do with It?

The Alchemy of Adversity. What does that mean? Well first, alchemy. Alchemy is the medieval precursor of modern-day chemistry, based on a very early and rudimentary understanding about chemical processes and transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to change other metals into gold. The idea was that if they could melt off …

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The Blame and Shame Culture of Good Vibrations and Positive

The Blame and Shame Culture of Good Vibrations and Positive Thoughts

Reader Question: (Referencing Your Baggage is the Gateway to Your Superpower) one thing I question is your statement about energy being neither good nor bad. Is energy in your mind different than vibration? In Law of Attraction they’re all about keeping your vibrational energy high. Which makes me assume they’re saying energy can be positive or …

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Blessed Are the Sandpaper People….Loving the People Who Annoy Us

You know who they are. They excel at rubbing us the wrong way. They couldn’t be more irritating if they tried. Who knows? Maybe they do try. They’re awfully damn good at being irritating. Surely, being that good at something takes deliberate practice. They’re like human mosquitoes. What purpose could they possibly serve other than …

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You Cannot See Clearly Through Boiling Water – Why Anger, Hurt, Fear, and Judgment Blur Our Vision

There is a sense of lostness that accompanies anger, hurt, fear, or judgment. You feel lost in the world, isolated by your own feelings. You feel lost in yourself, trapped by your own feelings. The deep dark woods of lostness feel full of sharp objects, dangerous ledges, and threatening spectres that only make the feelings …

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The YES Diet – How to Stop Saying YES When You Want to Say NO

It’s that time of year again. The internet is full of people making resolutions, posting their Word of the Year, and committing to saying YES more often. Me? I’ve decided to go in the opposite direction and declare January the launch of my YES Diet. A while back, I heard the term YES Diet used, …

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7 Secrets to Success in Anything or How to Be Happy in 7 Simple Steps

This post can only begin with a confession. Two confessions, actually. Confession # 1 –  This little gem is paraphrased from an article in Southern Living magazine. Mom became a subscriber when the magazine launched in 1966 and I’m still a dedicated reader, trusting its recipes for food, design, and life. The magazine lives on my …

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Soulmate Dance helps a man figure out how to start over after a breakup

9 Tips for Starting Over After a Breakup (Especially When You Feel Like You Can’t)

Reader Question: My girlfriend of 3 years broke up with me a few months ago. I didn’t see it coming and she didn’t give me much of a reason. Just said she needed to move on. I guess it’s time for me to get up and start over, but I don’t much feel like it …

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Why You Don't have to Love Yourself First (And How You Can Get to Love)

Why You Don’t Have to Love Yourself First – Cutting Through the Myths and Getting to Love

Reader Question – I’ve heard lots of people say that you have to love yourself before you can love someone else. Can it happen the other way around? I’m still struggling with loving myself, but have met a woman who makes it easy for me to love her. We’ve been together for a few months …

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