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Pieces of me

Inspiration for those who warrior on

Meme with crown: Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Today is the legendary Black author, Toni Morrison’s 88th Birthday. If you are not a fan of hers, I’d be willing to bet you have not read much or any of hers. About a month ago, I wrote this piece, ON MLK’S HOLIDAY, I’M ASKING WHITE FOLK TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE. Therein, I encourage introspection and …

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I thought I would be better at this parenting thing. It’s not that it is harder than I thought. I’m not naive; I knew it would be hard! The issue is I thought I’d be better at dealing with the difficulties. I’m a highly educated woman. I can read and google. I thought that anything …

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starting line on a race track

As surely as the tides come in every day and the Earth spins around the Sun, day will break, revealing a “first day of.” For every inhale, there is an exhale. For every end, there is a beginning. 

A wall full of doors

So often, life can feel out of control, and like it’s just happening to us. It’s true that there are many unpredictable events in life. Even the length of it can be outside of our control, but that only makes our choices even more important.

Daisy with a quote about gratitude

Celebrate every victory, no matter how small. Appreciation for what you’ve accomplished or been blessed with is the basis for every next step in the process of self-improvement. Every topic I’ve written about on my blog, every part of a balanced mind, body, and soul requires gratitude. It’s a corner piece. You’ll get no where without it.

Why do we even call it a fitness journey or call life a journey, for that matter? Neither is a journey with a destination. There’s never going to be an “I’ve arrived” moment where I can turn off the engine and let it cool down. Sure, there are goals that are reached, but they won’t be maintained if I don’t keep trucking along. And so it goes with the mind and spirit as it does with the body.

It was never just a story about some witches and weirdos skipping down a yellow brick road. It was always a metaphor for finding your “heart’s desire.” As Glenda tells Dorothy, “you had the power all along, my dear.” Whether it’s changing jobs or relationships, improving our body or mind, recovering from addiction or discovering …

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Shortly after writing Drop the Rope, I had an acquaintance call me up and as the saying goes, “rip me a new one.” She believes she has suffered a great injustice and I had some culpability in the matter. I get off the phone, shaking and beginning to cry. I thought, ok, God, I guess …

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My dad and my maternal grandfather had a unique relationship. I don’t know that there was actual animosity between them, at least not by the time I came along. They bickered a lot, though. However, never about anything of real merit. Certainly, Grandpa wasn’t a fan of my dad’s when my parents were high school …

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He makes the daily request to go fishing. I glance in the rear-view mirror at the rods remaining from the last trip. “You never cleaned up your mess from the last time we took you,” I answer. My son pointed out that the left-behind equipment just made it easier to prepare for today. That’s not …

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