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I’ve found a home in you.

I awoke this morning with you on my mind…

memories of how we met and how someday we’ll part… how I knew you were born for me right from the start. our girls, the miraculous shared, the mundane, the madness, the sadness, our love for one another, the friendship we share… our joy, our sorrow, the tomorrows we’ll share…your hands, your feet, your skin, the way you danced in the rain for me, the memory of you washing my hair, the beach we share, our long walks there, your support when I’ve been ill and loved me still… the way you’ve loved our girls without reservation, your willingness always to do more without hesitation… our intimate moments, the worst of times, and everything in between… our I do’s, our I love you’s… your kindness, your touch, your acceptance, your love, your eyes, your legs your voice, your strength, your compassion, your childhood memories… our walks, our talks, our silence, the places we’ve been, the places we’ve yet to see …because of this and so much more… I’ve found a home in you.

Angela Soelzer Ragosa

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How to Boost Your Confidence

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Want to look and feel confident, even when you’re quaking in your boots? Strike a pose, say researchers at Northwestern University.

Sit back in your seat with one arm stretched across the top of your chair, your chest out, and your ankle crossed over your knee. Did you just feel a drop in anxiety and a surge in feelings of competence? Turns out that simply placing your body in postures that project power triggers two key hormonal changes. When researchers assigned study subjects certain postures (expansive or constricted) and roles (manager or subordinate), it was the seated posture that gave people the biggest shot of confidence. “The position raises levels of testosterone, a hormone that drives us to take action,” explains author Adam Galinsky, Ph.D. “At the same time, it reduces cortisol, a stress hormone.”

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7 steps to busting out of a rut & finding happiness…

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Are you charting a course to fulfill your dreams? Or are you wandering around without a compass, hoping you’ll somehow find your way? If you’re stuck in a rut, this article’s for you…

1. Don’t Try to Buy Happiness
Would you be happy if you had a hundred new pairs of Jimmy Choos or a brand new BMW? Maybe at first you would, but as time went on you’d “just want more, bigger, better and different in a never-ending fashion,” explains Alan Gettis, Ph.D., author of The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning In An Upside Down World (Trafford, 2006). The pleasure centers in your brain come alive when you score the perfect skirt or a great pair of jeans, but the feeling fades. After all, if you could really buy happiness, everyone would have bought it already!
If you still believe money is the secret to satisfaction, consider this: According to a University of Illinois study, the Forbes 400 (the wealthiest billionaires in America) and the Maasai tribes of East Africa (simple, pastoral herdsmen) exhibit the same levels of happiness, regardless of their monetary differences. In plain English: Money doesn’t buy happiness.

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When Midlife Seems Just An Empty Plate

By GINIA BELLAFANTE

The New York Times

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IN her 23 years as a specialist in eating disorders, Dr. Margo Maine has received countless telephone calls from women worried that their teenage daughters might be dieting into a danger zone. But several years ago, Dr. Maine, a psychologist who runs an eating-disorders treatment program with a partner in West Hartford, Conn., noticed a shift in the telephone inquiries.

”Increasingly, our calls began to include a significant number of adults seeking help not for their children but for themselves,” Dr. Maine said. Some of those callers — women in their late 40’s and early 50’s — were relapsing after overcoming eating disorders in their youth, and others were experiencing them for the first time.

Naomi Burton Isaacs, a public relations executive in New York, had been obsessed about her weight most of her life, she said, but it was only at age 45 that her dieting grew extreme and she developed an addiction to laxatives. She swallowed 25 pills a day. Ms. Burton Isaacs, who is 5-foot-9, withered to 105 pounds.

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More Insightful Quotes…

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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

— Hans Hofmann

Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can’t see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees.

— Miranda July

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

— Maya Angelou

Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.

— Theodore Roethke

[Kindness] is a most edifying form of instant gratification.

— Krista Tippett

To make any kind of progress, we need to imagine a different reality and believe it’s possible.

— Tali Sharot

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

— Emily Dickinson

Your time belongs to you, not your stuff.

— Peter Walsh

The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.

— Dan Dennett

The world ‘out there’ won’t change until the world ‘in here’ does.

— Deepak Chopra

Generosity is also an act of freedom, a casting off of the constraints of prudence and self-interest.

— Marilynne Robinson

Most dreams are also part reality (otherwise we wouldn’t believe them), and reality happens to be a condition that gives you plenty of chances through your life to rise to—no, soar through—the occasion.

— Leigh Newman

It’s in great joy that we grasp truth.

— Mark Leyner

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

— Charles William Eliot

It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.

— Steve Maraboli

There is somebody out there who gets it—it being you.

— Leigh Newman

You have to ask yourself, ‘Does this item or thought or response move me closer to my vision for my best life?’ If it does, great. If it doesn’t, what is it doing in your life?

— Peter Walsh

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

— James Baldwin

There are two types of people I will always remember at the end of my days; those who have been the kind to me and those that have been anything but kind to me.

-My Quote

Remember, what you focus on expands; results follow focus.

— Marcus Buckingham

Love—as grand and as great and as healing as it is—requires boundaries.

— Dr. Robin Smith

If you get, give. If you learn, teach.

— Maya Angelou

We’re the creators of our own experience—remembering this, and living our lives from this perspective, empowers us.

— Mike Robbins

There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.

— John Connolly

Money should not cost you your joy

— Laurence G. Boldt,

You have to stop ‘going’ ‘doing’ and ‘chasing’ and start spending more time ‘being’ with yourself.

— Dr. Robert Holden

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

— Golda Meir

Busy-ness is a state of mind, not a fact. No matter how much or how little we’re doing, we’re always just doing what we’re doing, simply living this one moment of our lives.

— Norman Fischer

The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.

— Jack Kornfield

Why you? Because there’s no one better. Why now? Because tomorrow isn’t soon enough.

— Donna Brazile

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I Say Never…

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Now that I’ve entered middle age, it’s occurred to me that no matter how high the number of years I’ve lived increases there are a few things I can definitely say I’ll never do:

1.       I’ll never tire of hearing that I’m cute.

2.       I’ll never quit trying to be the best me I can be.

3.       I’ll never quit aspiring to get a bikini-worthy bod.

4.       I’ll never base my worth as a woman based on the number of a scale.

5.       I’ll never lose my inner childishness.

6.       I’ll never spend less than $20 bucks for a haircut unless I’d like to be scalped.

7.       I’ll never buy another convertible or (any car smaller then a Toyota Camry)

8.       I’ll never judge a book by its cover or anything else by its outward appearance.

9.       I’ll never enhance my face by any surgical procedure.

10.   I’ll never be able to whistle (I’ve tried! I’m convinced…).

11.   I’ll never wish to be anything other than a southern girl.

12.   I’ll never waste my time counting calories (life’s too short).

13.   I’ll never fly coach on a flight 10 hours or longer (I’ll save up to upgrade to premium)

14.   I’ll never run for President nor do I desire to.

15.   I’ll never turn down a trip to go anywhere, every place can be adventuresome.

16.   I’ll never say never after finishing this list…(laughing)… to be continued…

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Decisions, Decisions…

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How to make tough, agonizing choices without a freak-out or meltdown.

 By Leigh Newman

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Out there in the vast, discombobulating world, I’ve noticed, there tend to be two types of decision makers. I bet you can tell me which of the two you are in about 3.48 seconds. Me? I’m a gunslinger. I make decisions so fast you can blink and you won’t see my choice. Which is exactly what I want to happen. I want the choosing to go down immediately—bang!—because I am terrified of not knowing what will happen and of not doing, in general. In fact, the wrong choice is preferable to doing nothing at all and simply considering all the options, because if I’ve ended up executing that wrong choice, at least I get to feel regret instead of panic.

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A Lot To Lose…

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I’m not one to post too much about my personal life on my blog; partly due to the fact that a personal diary was not my aim when I started this blog and partly due to my own shyness. However, with that being said, I thought I’d share a particular struggle I’m going through right now; a struggle that many can relate to I’m sure. A couple of months ago I became quite ill due to a disorder of the thyroid gland, called Thyroid Storm. Due to this disorder my body went through all kinds of strange changes which it’s since recovered from all that is but one of the changes which are the 20lbs I gained during this illness.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to moan and groan about how fat I’ve become, but I do want to share on a daily basis what I’m doing in order to lose this extra weight in hopes it’ll inspire someone else that may be dealing with this same issue. This brings me to the point of this blog post which is: I will be posting on a daily basis what I’m doing as far as a workout routine as well as my diet. It’d be cool if some of you would also share with me some mindful tips you have for caring for yourself as well… Wish me luck peeps! Have a beautiful day!

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Letter From a Mother to a daughter…

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Letter from a Mother to a Daughter: “My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

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