I Now Pronounce You Happy

No doubt about it…these last few months spent overseas have been chock full of unexpected experiences. Take, for example, my recent participation in Barcelona's fire-throwing parade, and the moment I realized that actual fire was about to be thrown my way. The good news is that not every unexpected experience has been about escaping death. Instead, sever...
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Don’t Worry…Be Crappy

Life is a humbling thing, yes? I speak from years of experience, which have included plenty of moments that wound up…shall we say…imperfectly. Unsuccessful. Perhaps a bit embarrassing. (Followers of this blog will be keenly aware of this.) Take, for example, my recent efforts to learn yoga...where even the simplest-seeming pose came out like this: Or ta...
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What to do about Life’s Little Stinks

The day began on a high note. Not only were we about to take a bike tour that would explore the beautiful fields of France’s seemingly endless vineyards, but – perhaps more importantly - we’d also get to try out the wine. And while the tour did indeed begin with lots of bright smiles… …it ended with a significantly more awkward one. It ended at the ho...
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Want to Love Work and Life? Stop Using This Word.

Recently Hubbie and I were in search of a new apartment, and before long we stumbled on an amazing option.  We high-fived each other for finding this residential gem…with its beautiful garden and unbreakable new appliances. What a find!...we said…it’s our dream home! In our minds it was like our own little doll house... ...until it wasn't. In our case o...
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Why You Can Chill Out About Other People

A few weeks ago I was weaving my way through an art exhibit. It was set up so that you went through it in a single file line. Sounds simple, right? Except people don’t view art in the exact same way. Some could spend a whole day doing it. Others... ...not so much. This particular exhibit entranced me. My pace slowed, and soon there was a widening gap be...
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