5 Mantras to Silence Anxiety in the New Year

5 Mantras to Silence Anxiety in the New Year

Has 2016 left a bad taste in your mouth about the new year? 

Past disappointments and setbacks can produce anxiety about the future, especially when an unexpected life event puts your life in upheaval and chaos. Sometimes the anxiety screams loudly and is often unapologetic. It works in conjunction with fear – its favorite sidekick and partner in crime – to overthrow hope and kick it to the curb.

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5 Things You Need to Quit to Get Ahead in Life

5 Things You Need to Quit to Get Ahead in Life

When It's Okay to Quit

It’s a great feeling to quit on your own terms. It’s freeing to walk away and let go of something that is no longer working. Quitting something is often seen as negative but there are certain things/behaviors we need to quit if we want to move ahead.

In my first LIT CHAT video, I breakdown 5 things we need to quit in order to move ahead in life and in our purpose. Check it out! 

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The Way Things Go Part III...Jimmy

The Way Things Go Part III...Jimmy

I tried hard not to watch Kay. I even looked away, pretending not to notice how she barely touched her food and avoided making eye contact with me as soon as she sat down at our table for dinner. But I failed at my attempt to ignore her when she suddenly pushed back her chair and scurried away from the table in a hurry.

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How to Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions and Keep Your Momentum

How to Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions and Keep Your Momentum

Whether your 2016 deserves a high five for its kindness or a major eye roll for bringing the drama, you’ve survived the highs and lows and made it to the new year. For many, January 1st marks a new beginning. A chance to start fresh and create New Year’s resolutions to help them create change and obtain successful outcomes, whether it’s working out more or starting a new career. 

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Navigating Loss and Change During Christmas: A Personal Reflection on the Holiday Season

Navigating Loss and Change During Christmas: A Personal Reflection on the Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Until it’s not.

But my favorite holiday song continues to blare on overhead as shoppers make their way through crowded aisles, searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. Kids in shopping carts stare bright-eyed at the toys on the shelves. Checkout lines continue to grow along with my irritation and frustration. And if one more person asks the cashier about a ten percent off coupon, I vow to put this item back and walk out.

 

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How to cultivate a heart of gratitude in a challenging season

How to cultivate a heart of gratitude in a challenging season

My hubby and I decided to spend Thanksgiving at one of my favorite local restaurants. We strolled in a few hours before closing time, ordered the restaurant’s Thanksgiving dinner and watched football on the flat screen. Just the two of us. It wasn’t our initial plan or the ideal holiday dinner I envisioned, but it turned out to be what we both needed.

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4 types of people you need on your support team: What running for chocolate taught me

 4 types of people you need on your support team: What running for chocolate taught me

I ran three miles for chocolate last Sunday.

Now I’m aware that this makes me sound extra greedy even as a “foodie,” so let me clarify. I ran for hot chocolate alongside thousands of other people on an early and windy morning in downtown Chicago. And it was so much fun!

 

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How to Control Your Creative ADD: Simple Solutions to Improve your focus

How to Control Your Creative ADD: Simple Solutions to Improve your focus

I showed up to the library with my laptop, writing pad and pen in hand, ready and determined to tackle the challenge ahead. Within minutes, other excited and ambitious writers filled the room, some published and others just beginning their writing career. 

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5 ways to make time for your creative work

5 ways to make time for your creative work

Is your schedule, job or other responsibilities making it impossible to write or work on a creative project?

Life gets busy. Daily schedules become hectic. Time gets away from us. On some days, you just can’t drop everything and dedicate two hours to write or work on a creative project. Many of us balance full-time jobs with a side hustle. Others juggle home responsibilities and family life while pursuing their creative passion and chasing after their dream.

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