Find your tribe by following your heart

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Do you feel frustrated about how difficult it is to find other people that you have something in common with? That “get” you, or you can truly connect with? Your “tribe”, so to speak?

It’s actually not as hard as you might think. And as I rediscovered this past week, it’s as easy as following your heart. Here’s what happened to me recently: Continue reading

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Are your dreams & desires your own? How to tell.

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what I wantWe all have things we are working toward in our lives. We want to get into the right schools, be successful in our careers, find love, be happy.

Yet how do you know if you are chasing down your dream, or if you are trying to fulfill someone else’s vision for your future?

When a dream we’ve adopted rather than grew organically does not align with our needs, our personalities, our abilities, worldview or personal experience, we know it. Maybe not consciously. But deep down, it starts to wear on us like a psychic chaffing.

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Easy ways to connect with others

I get it, we all have busy lives. And a huge part of that busy-ness is emails, Skype meetings, connecting with people on LinkedIn, social media… but have we forgotten how to connect with people in-person?

Watch my video above, and get some basic tips on how to start reconnecting in today’s digital age!

And don’t forget to forward and share with a friend!

 


 

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Depressed? How to tell, and mood-lifting lifestyle tips

Signs & Symptoms for Depression

  • You have an ongoing sense of hopelessness or feel helpless
  • You are always tired You’ve experienced changes in your sleeping (e.g. insomnia or sleeping too much) and eating patterns (severe weight loss/weight gain)
  • You have difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • You no longer enjoy usual pastimes, events, or friends and have lost interest You thoughts are always dark and negative – about yourself or events and people in your life
  • You get upset or angry much easier than usual You find yourself abusing alcohol or other drug, or participate in reckless behavior

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A little help from (girl)friends can prolong your life

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It was the perfect end to a perfect day. It was a beautiful fall evening. The festivities had ended, and I was surrounded by every love of my life. A large group of us were sitting around in a semicircle around the fireplace in a bed and breakfast in Sedona in a post-wedding day stupor – me, my new husband and my dearest childhood friends (who had all flown in specially for the occasion). One of my closest friends–and the one who’d married my husband and I that day–I’d known since the first day of kindergarten.

It didn’t take long before we were laughing boisterously over dinner, singing, reminiscing, and embracing as if we’d all had too much wine (no, just drunk on each other’s company) – as the husbands exchanged looks, confirming, ‘Yup, this happens every time they’re together.’ Although we live nearly a continent apart, the five of us turn into teenagers again each time we are reunited, never skipping a beat in our deep, rich friendships. I didn’t want this night to end, and cried yet again at our parting …

Because these were the girls that saved my life.

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Discover your hidden passions in life with this simple exercise

I am in the throes of creating a new vision board for myself.

While the first one I ever built two years ago still holds merit, I have grown as a person. I have new and/or revised goals and directions, and I want my new vision board to reflect that. I am a very visual person, so I am eager to get started in finding images that illustrate my morphing worldview.

But all I had were vague concepts in my mind. And I wasn’t sure how I wanted to encapsulate those concepts in a few simple images. More importantly, I realized that I didn’t want just images, but images that would create strong emotions and feelings. Images that would invoke those passions in me and excite me into action each day, to work toward making them a reality.

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