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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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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