Why You Should Write Daily

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One of the most instrumental changes in my life has been writing every single day. For many years I was a writer who didn’t write that regularly. It was always on the back of my mind to write, but I didn’t find the time. Then I started this blog in January 2007, and have written pretty much […]

Determining What You Really Want

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Here is a simple–yet powerful–exercise for you to do to assist you in getting started on clarifying what it is that you really want in your life. “Some pursue happiness – others create it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson All you need to get started is a pen or pencil, something to write on, and a quiet, […]

Tea Rituals for Focus, Health & Slowness

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As I write these words, I sit with a bowl of matcha, the Japanese powdered green tea used in traditional ceremonies, and enjoy the quiet morning hours. Tea is a form of meditation for me, a way of being present and practicing paying attention. It is a way of slowness, of savoring life. And it […]

Life’s Frailty, and the Gestures That Go a Long Way

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Several years ago, my friend Jeffrey Zaslow sent me a chapter from a book he was writing about lifelong friendships among a group of women from Ames, Iowa. It was a powerful story about love and loss that moved me to tears. With the draft pages still in my hands, I sat down with my […]

Commit To Your Art

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As I look around my front sunroom and see the many antique ornaments collecting dusts it reminds me of all the art projects I have started and, instead of finishing, put up on the shelf. There are dusty beginnings patiently waiting for me to pick them up, wipe them off, and polish to completion. I […]

“What’s For Fitness Today?” Tip #14 – Would You Ever Write Yourself A Letter?

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April 14, 2011 Tip #14 Today’s tip is all about loving yourself and making sure you know it! If you think writing a letter to yourself sounds kind of strange - think again. It is a great tool to make yourself feel good and if you schedule it far in the future it will be a […]