Are Your Beliefs Making you Fat?

Walking to the doctors’ office that day with her 12 year old daughter by her side, Belinda thought it would be the same old thing.   She needed to improve her diet, get more active, yeah, yeah, yeah.  There was no point really.  She had seen her mother spend most of her life dieting, and what had it done for her? Just made her fatter. Belinda knew she had no willpower, plus, she loved her precious food. Besides, they gave her a pill that took care of her Type 2 Diabetes. Adjust her dosage, and go home.

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Remedies for Coping in Tragedy

Of the many uncertainties that tragedy leaves us with, I know one thing is true: we must be warriors in our daily lives. In the wake of Boston bombings, just a few short months post-Newtown, we feel vulnerable, confused, angry and raw. Why is this happening? What’s wrong with this overcrowded, stressed, and unpredictable world? Many people say this is a world they do not want to live in, and this is a tragedy too.

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How to deal when you’re frustrated

A few days ago, multiple snags attacked my beautifully cast fishing lines. Debris seemed like the only thing interested in accomplishing my week’s goals. Maybe it was the cold-grey rains of Seattle, or the weight of deadlines combined with endless project flops. Computer work can engender such feelings, especially when you’ve been glued to the same screen for hours and days on end.

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How to love a stranger

When I work at my long-term care facility, I take lunch around 12:30 pm. Most days, I see Florence (not her real name) in the cafeteria. Florence eats alone. She is too shy to reach out to other diners sitting near her. Sometimes she buries herself in a book. Other times, she watches groups interacting around her. Not long ago, I approached Florence and invited her to join us for lunch. Her eyes lit up. She smiled a little shyly.

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Vulnerability Can Be An Asset

“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” (Brené Brown) It’s not every day that I find a TED talk so compelling that I would take notes and then write a blog post about it. In her talk about The Power of Vulnerability (Ted Talk), speaker Brene Brown shed light on two very dark and uncomfortable topics: shame and vulnerability.

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Courageously Commit to Your Life

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau* (Photo taken at Lululemon) What’s holding you back from committing with 100% energy to your dreams, passions, and goals? For me, I held myself back in a very sneaky way: by over-committing my time. Sound familiar?

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