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Looking Back on My Goals for the Year

We're getting closer to the end of the year, meaning New Year's resolutions are just around the corner. I like to set goals for myself all year, but there is something exciting and empowering about the new year and setting goals for myself. I wanted to share the process that I go through, because I… Continue reading Looking Back on My Goals for the Year

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Finding Balance in Life

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton I went to an elementary/middle school called Thomas Merton Academy. When I got old enough to start really studying Thomas Merton, learning about his life, and more importantly reading his works, I fell in love with an intelligent, funny, and… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life

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Another Health Journey

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Maybe I should have titled this "The Continuation of My Health Journey," because really, I've been at this on-and-off for awhile. I started a little over 10 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we found out that we carry the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since… Continue reading Another Health Journey

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The Case for Teaching Children How to Handle Anger

This experience not only made me thankful for the gentle but strong men (and women) in my life, but it also made me want to work as hard as possible to make sure my son grows up knowing how to handle anger, frustration, sadness, and all of his emotions in productive ways that make him a better human being.

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“You had a what?” – My Surgery, Fistula, and Getting Close to a Diagnosis

Today it has been one month exactly since my surgery. Yesterday I had my first appointment with my new Gastroenterologist who has begun the process to diagnose what has been causing my digestive issues most of my life. Wednesday I had my last post-op appointment with my surgeon - YAY! I'm finally feeling ready to… Continue reading “You had a what?” – My Surgery, Fistula, and Getting Close to a Diagnosis

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GMST Challenge – Week 6: A Surprise Surgery

Well, yet again, this week didn't go as planned. But that's life, right? As I've discussed many times, I've been dealing with some health/digestive issues most of my life, but especially the last six months or so. Last Wednesday I finally made it to a doctor and, to my unhappy surprise, she immediately scheduled me… Continue reading GMST Challenge – Week 6: A Surprise Surgery

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Getting My Sh*t Together – Week 5: Sh*t’s Getting Real

I've made it to week 5! Eventually I'll actually start posting on Sundays again, like I'm supposed to! Although I'm still dealing with health issues and haven't been able to journal/plan every day, I have still managed to keep up with tasks scheduled weekly and have been checking my calendar each day. Some days I… Continue reading Getting My Sh*t Together – Week 5: Sh*t’s Getting Real

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Getting My Sh*t Together Challenge – Week 3/4 Update

**This update is five days late....so it's going to be covering Week THREE and FOUR.** There's been a slight hold-up, if you will, on the "Getting My Sh*t Together" Challenge. For the past five months, I've been dealing with some health issues off and on -- but mostly on. In about mid-December and through the… Continue reading Getting My Sh*t Together Challenge – Week 3/4 Update