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Thoreau’s call to “simplify, simplify” resonates deeply with me; I have contemplated it often. When I first encountered his words, I wondered why he repeated the phrase. Now I am convinced that his repetition points to the on-going effort needed not only to simplify our lives...

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” JON KABAT-ZINN   Learning to surf is the perfect metaphor for positive action in the face of something possibly overwhelming or intimidating. The principle of acceptance is a powerful tool when we are confronted with something that scares...

We asked some of our favorite parenting bloggers about their back to school routines. This week we're thrilled to feature parenting coach, educator and speaker, Jacqueline Green.   What has historically been your biggest challenge with getting your children ready for the school year? I used to see...

The disaster and consequences of Harvey are still unfolding for many families.  Harvey is now on record as the most extreme rain event in U.S. History. If you are not local to this disaster, watching the shocking rescue images on the news can easily render one helpless....

“You only lose what you cling to.” Buddha     For many of us the thought of losing what we cling to may sound more like a threat than an opportunity. Buddha teaches us that clinging to something brings with it suffering and loss, often the last thing we want...

We asked some of our favorite parenting bloggers about their back to school routines. This week we're thrilled to feature novelist, freelance journalist and mom, Nicole Blades.   What has historically been your biggest challenge with getting your children ready for the school year? We've noticed that our...

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” RASHEED OGUNLARU     What a great way to connect the dots between what we tell ourselves and how that influences what we see when we look at any situation. It was Henry Ford who said, "Whether you...

“Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.” DOUG DILLON   Kindness is underrated. We see it every day. Bully talk and chest thumping is viewed as strong and desirable behavior. Yelling and screaming seems to be an acceptable way to get what one wants. There is so much anger, fear...

“It's better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.”  JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE     PLANNING IS THE ANSWER When it comes to getting and staying organized, a little planning goes a long way to eliminating regret. Rushing to toss stuff out without a plan is a surefire way to...

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  ALBERT EINSTEIN     Simple is as simple does. If you're a minimalist, close your ears. For the rest of us, let's talk. It's easy to race to simplicity with lots of energy and a heavy hand. You can rip out all the unnecessary stuff from...

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