My Life, Supported: On Setting Goals, Asking For Help + Breaking New Ground

Good morning! First, a reminder that, if you're thinking about signing on for Your Life, Supported!, now is the time to send me an email. Rates go up for sessions booked after July 1... ...which is next Friday. (Unbelievable, isn't it?) Now's your chance. In honor of the aforementioned changeover, I rewrote my support plan + tracking tool this week. In doing so, I made a fascinating discovery:  I'm in a different place now than I was just 2 months ago. 2 months ago, my support plan included goals for every area of my life. At the time, I was...
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10 Life Lessons From 1 Wonderful Mom

In honor of Mother's Day (and in lieu of my usual Monday post), I'd like to share with you 10 things my Mom taught me, through her words and her actions. Each line includes a link to a post that's moved me this week. 10 Life Lessons From 1 Wonderful Mom: 1. Wherever you're going, take snacks. 2. Give freely, and go beyond what's expected. 3. Always bring a gift if you'll be staying at someone else's house. Corollary:  Don't arrive empty-handed to a party. It can be flowers, wine, chocolate, a card. Whatever you choose, give to those who...
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Trapped By A Problem? How Active Receptivity Can Set You Free

When you want to solve an intractable problem, you probably do what I do:  dwell, ruminate and obsess. Yet I've noticed that when I'm frantically seeking a solution to a difficulty, I rarely receive one. Yet this does not translate to:  "Since I don't know what to do about my [job search/medical condition/insane schedule], I'm going to do nothing." Giving up gets you nowhere. But if madly scrambling for a solution isn't helpful....and giving up won't do...what's left? There's a middle way between striving and passivity. It's called active receptivity. It means that you work toward a solution while opening...
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