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Martha Beck’s 7 Steps to Creating the Life You Really Want…

A simple guide to mapping out the journey of your lifetime.

I read this article recently in O Magazine and found it a clever way of practicing introspection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

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Odysseus just wanted to go to Ithaca. No, not the one in upstate New York—the one in ancient Greece. He dreamed of it the whole seven years he spent trapped on the island of the nymph Calypso. Eventually the pitying gods ordered Calypso to free him, at which point he managed to build a boat and set out on what he hoped would be a brief and pleasant journey.
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At every turn, Odysseus’s travels were filled with surprises. He conquered monsters at sea only to find worse ones waiting on land. He encountered seductions that sent him half mad with longing. Finally, in the Land of the Dead, he got clear directions from a seer who, oxymoronically enough, was blind.
Does this ring any bells for you? Maybe you, too, feel stranded in your life, awash in a turbulent sea, or lured by the Siren song of a terrifying love. Or maybe you just hope to experience Winnipeg someday, if only for a long weekend. Fortunately, you have your own internal “blind seer”. It can feel its way into the future and draw you a map. I mean literally. Our project today is to help you create a map of your own epic tomorrows—a magically morphing guide that will get more detailed and accurate as you travel.

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The Desire to Change: You’ve gotta want it…

If you desire radical change in your life, you must WANT radical change. In today’s vlog I riff about the importance of surrendering to our desire for change. If you don’t truly want to change then you’ll continue to stay in the same cycle. I encourage you to join me in the ego outing process and share a habit you’ve had trouble changing. Getting honest is the first step to true surrender.

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The Double Standard of Aging…

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“How old are you?” The person asking the question is anybody. The respondent is a woman, a woman “of a certain age,” as the French say discreetly. That age might be anywhere from her early twenties to her late fifties. If the question is impersonal-routine information requested when she applies for a driver’s license, a credit card, a passport-she will probably force herself to answer truthfully. Filling out a marriage license application, if her future husband is even slightly her junior, she may long to subtract a few years; probably she won’t. Competing for a job, her chances often partly depend on being the “right age,” and if hers isn’t right, she will lie if she think she can get away with it. Making her first visit to a new doctor, perhaps feeling particularly vulnerable at the moment she’s asked, she will probably hurry through the correct answer. But if the question is only what people call personal-if she’s asked by a new friend, a casual acquaintance, a neighbor’s child, a co-worker in an office, store, factory-her response is harder to predict. She may side-step the question with a joke or refuse it with playful indignation. “Don’t you know you’re not supposed to ask a woman her age?” Or, hesitating a moment, embarrassed but defiant, she may tell the truth. Or she may lie. But neither truth, evasion, nor lie relieves the unpleasantness of that question. For a woman to be obliged to state her age, after a “certain age,” is always a miniature ordeal.

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My Brain Not on Drugs

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By Ethlie Ann Vare 

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This week, I celebrate 24 years free from drugs and alcohol. Go ahead and applaud. We drug addicts are perfectly willing to be congratulated for running out of a burning building. It’s our charm, a combination of inflated ego and low self-esteem sometimes referred to as “a piece of crap the universe revolves around.”

Anyway, the point of sobriety is that — minus major surgery, a valid prescription and someone holding your meds for you — you don’t use mind-altering substances. Period. What I have discovered over 24 years, however, is that you don’t need substances to alter the mind. As an addict, you can get addicted to pretty much anything. Recently, science has caught up with me.

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The Exploding Ceiling Fan: The method of decision making…

by Amy Shearn

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Maybe it’s because I’m a Libra but I’ve always had a hard time making decisions (or maybe none of that astrology stuff is real, I can’t decide). Big life-changing decisions I can make in the blink of an eye. It’s the little things that get me. For example, I am tortured by menus, only to immediately, inevitably regret whatever it is I’ve ordered. And then there is the matter of light fixtures. To wit, the fan that until quite recently was attached to the ceiling of my kitchen.

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Starting now…

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1.     Make this year the year you follow through.

2.     Invigorate body and mind: exercise until your spirit soars.

3.     Other people may have opinions about where your life is headed, but only you have the power to prove them wrong.

4.     The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them.

5.     Seek out foods that sustain, nourish and warm you.

6.     Creativity goes beyond sheer artistry: it takes courage to express your ideas.

7.     Disagreements offer invaluable insights. Don’t avoid them– study them.

8.     To truly detoxify your lifestyle, thin about what you can add in not just take out.

9.     The coziest homes aren’t merely filled with stuff: they’re designed to bring people      closer.

10.    As ending doesn’t have to be sad. It’s the only way to begin something new.

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Kicking Caffeine to the Curb

 

At the first of the year I embarked, along with several thousand of my readers, in a year-long journey to transition our family to a more whole foods (aka real food) lifestyle. A year long so that we can make the change slowly and gradually instead of all at once and overwhelming ourselves.

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When we started, like most, I dug in my heals about a few things. Namely, my preference for cola and cola icees. I was on board for our journey but I wasn’t on board for giving up some of my favorite treats. This particular one was my “reward” for a tough mom day. My “don’t get in my way” pregnancy craving (when I was pregnant). My method for taking the edge off a headache. My special treat at a restaurant. And my “I don’t drink coffee” beverage.

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Why do women hide their real age?

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When it comes to the issue concerning a man and a woman, the intrigues involved cannot be overemphasized. Especially when they are both romantically inclined a lot is really involved. They try to impress each other with everything within their reach. They try to look and act good just to get the other party to fall deeper and deeper in love. Then comes a time in the relationship when the man needs or wants to know how old the lady he is involved is really is.

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How Taking One Small Step Can Change Your Life…

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Can taking one, small step really change your life? Proponents of kaizen think so. (And for the record, so do I.) Kaizen is a means of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen’s practical roots are based in the Japanese management concept for incremental (gradual, continuous) change (improvement): breaking tasks into small, manageable steps.

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An Unsown Seed

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Unsown Seed

by Chaka Sichangi

 

Stubborn,
Like your eyes will you have the traits of your father?
Visionary,
Destined a legend will you be like my father?
Maya’s phenomenal, a genius like your grand-mother,
I can’t help but wonder…..
What will be your life’s path…my child?

So much to teach you,
So much to learn from you,
So much to tell you but not enough time for the telling,
All my love to give yet not enough for the showing,
See…I can’t help but wonder…
Will I be the ‘world’s greatest dad’?

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