Limiting Options Equals Creativity for Kids

When we made the move to downsize, my boys’ plethera of toys also diminished. Over the years I have noticed that the more choices the kids have regarding play or entertainment, the more I hear the words “I’m bored!” Frustrated, I admit I usually return their complaint with something like “I have plenty for you to do! Dishes, laundry, dusting, ….” Or “It is not my job to make sure

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Reinventing Christmas

As I lit a fire in our new tiny apartment last night, the smell of the fireplace blended with the residuals of cool air and fall leaves still lingering in my nose. I kneeled staring at the flames, welcoming the heat wrapping around my face and soaking into the tops of my skinny jeans and into my legs. Christmas music played lightly from my radio and suddenly I was a

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How Have I Learned to Love My Husband?

One of the first things my husband and I had in common when we met was a low self-esteem. We were smart enough to know we were looking for love in all the wrong places, but too naive to think all we needed was each other to fill the empty places. About two years ago, we sat, squeezing each other’s hands as we watched Fireproof. We could relate to the

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Wise, Foolish, or Somewhere in Between

“…the winds blew…and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:27. Jesus was speaking about the wise and foolish builders. The wise builder built his house on the rock, and the foolish builder built his house on the sand. When the winds blew, only the house built on the rock could withstand the storm. For the past two summers, my husband and I have tried to secure our gazebo down

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Downsizing Starts with the Heart

In the current economic crisis, many families are choosing to downsize. There is even a television program highlighting the many challenges one family faces as they learn to live on less. As much as I am personally able to relate to this family, no reality show is able to cover all the facets such a major change in lifestyle involves. It is difficult to portray the process of change that

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Danger Under the Clutter!

My husband spent the greater part of Labor Day cleaning out his half of our garage. He runs a wood flooring business so over time he has collected several piles of left-over wood flooring. Various tools also clutter the shelves and floor along the perimeter. One corner in particular was an awful mess. Over the course of the summer, this corner located near the garage entrance had become the collection

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Learning to Manage FMS

For several weeks, my myofascial pain has been gone. The skin sensitivity I felt from my ankles to the base of my skull is either gone or hardly noticeable. I credit this improvement to the hormone balancing supplements, increase in water, and detoxification efforts. My symptoms this morning include: Some muscle fatigue in my legs and arms. A sharp, stabbing pain behind my left shoulder blade upon awakening. After some

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More than Managing Pain

When I first started experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia back in October, I refused to think my pain was a permanent condition. I was taking 16 units in online classes, writing freelance articles, volunteering at least 20 hours per week and trying to manage a household of seven. I kept telling myself as soon as school was over, things would get better. I gave myself tons of down time after graduating

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I Should Know Better

During the past several months I have finally had some time to reflect on my career focus. As much as I would like this blog to be a focus for professional pursuits, I also need a place to share my personal journey of success and failure in the areas where I would be most effective as a writer. Yes, I am fully capable of taking on a writing, editing or

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Needing to Network

During this past week, I have realized the need to network. I ordered new business cards reflecting a broader range of services I would like to offer as a contractor. For the time being, I am calling myself a “communications consultant.” This title will allow me to go beyond freelance writing for magazines. On Thursday, I will be attending the University of Phoenix “Conversations that Motivate”. This is a free

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Just Getting Started

I have created this site as a mechanism for sharing my journey as a professional communications consultant. I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Communications. I honestly do not know what my next step will be. However, I am looking into every opportunity. I hope to take all I have learned through my studies, publishing courses, freelance writing and local community involvement and apply it in the direction of

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