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When I Finally Learned to Relax

When I Finally Learned to Relax

I’m a tough cookie.  I’ve always had the brush-yourself-off-and-carry-on mentality. I’m pretty sure I learned it from being the youngest of five children and growing up with a mother from England.  That soldier-on mentality has taken me far.  But for a long time, I...

The Quickest Way to Change Your World

The Quickest Way to Change Your World

“If I just had a man, this would be so much better.” “Things would be so much easier if I just made more money.” “If I just lost the weight, everything would look better.” These were real things I told myself on a daily basis. To me it made all the sense in the world...

Taking the Long Way Home

Taking the Long Way Home

Something has weighed me down for a long time.  The funny thing about issues that weigh us down is that we can tell ourselves carrying that burden isn’t that bad. We eventually get used to feeling weighed down and even feel like something’s missing if it’s gone.  I...

Good Days and Bad Days

Good Days and Bad Days

.. When I was first diagnosed with MS, a friend of mine bought me a journal to help me process everything. One side of the journal had a happy baby face with the title “Good Days,” and the other side had a crying baby face with the title “Bad Days.” I loved my kind,...

When Someone Makes You Question Everything- And What to Do About it

When Someone Makes You Question Everything- And What to Do About it

  Don't worry, you'll be in pain soon." That’s how she replied when I said I didn’t feel any pain from my MS. What?!  I had just led a workshop at the MS Society about how to lower stress and effectively use positive thinking. Everyone was very open and honest...

A Letter to My Past Self, on the Day of My MS Diagnosis

A Letter to My Past Self, on the Day of My MS Diagnosis

Hey girl, I know you’re scared. I know you feel pushed around by everyone telling you that your life has to change immediately. You’re angry at them for telling you everything you thought was ok yesterday is no longer ok today. As if suddenly they know you better than...

Life: Under New Management

Life: Under New Management

I needed a mindset upgrade before I could reach the next level.  My husband and I had the best waitress the other night. She was exactly what you want in a server - accommodating, generous, and personable. I said, “I bet the new management at this hotel is awesome –...

How Gratitude Can Hold You Back

How Gratitude Can Hold You Back

It took me a while to realize the true nature of gratitude. Gratitude is great – don’t get me wrong. I would love everyone to live in gratitude every day. The world would be a better place. But don’t be fooled - gratitude can also hold you back in sneaky ways. It’s...