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Personal Growth

How to Change Your Outlook and Reframe Your Perspective Even if You Can't Change Your Circumstances

Maybe you can't change your circumstances, but you can always change your attitude regarding your circumstances. Sure, sometimes you do need to make drastic changes when it comes to your health, career, or living situation. But if you only focus on the external, you might find yourself recycling the same old problems again and again.… Continue reading How to Change Your Outlook and Reframe Your Perspective Even if You Can't Change Your Circumstances

Personal Growth

How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One Lessons Learned and Healing Strategies

Coping with the loss of a loved one is not easy. However, these experiences can act as valuable tools for wisdom and growth. A time to reconnect with family I don't usually travel for the holidays, but this Thanksgiving was an exception. My grandmother recently passed away. My parents wanted to pick a date for… Continue reading How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One Lessons Learned and Healing Strategies

Inspiration Corner

A Fiery Anthology Sure To Spark Your Interest Short stories about fire, phoenixes, and intuition

Fire: An Anthology is a collection of short stories about fire (what else?). Although they're unified by this common theme, they span multiple genres and writing styles. Some are pure fun, like Kris Loomis’s "The Flame Games." It revolves around a dragon Olympics and features one of Loomis’s signature twist endings. Others, like Louise Foerster’s… Continue reading A Fiery Anthology Sure To Spark Your Interest Short stories about fire, phoenixes, and intuition

Inspiration Corner, Personal Growth

When Nothing is Working: How to Transform Your Perspective Simple Mindset Shifts and Actions You Can Take Today

Do you feel like you've read every self-improvement book out there, applied all the tips, and still, nothing sticks? I've been there. Recently I heard an interview with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God series. He describes how a woman approached him with this very issue. As it turns out, the solution… Continue reading When Nothing is Working: How to Transform Your Perspective Simple Mindset Shifts and Actions You Can Take Today

Personal Growth

Are You Settling for Second Best in the Game of Life? How to Get Back on Track

Do you find yourself just trying to get through the day? As much as I talk about living in the present, I don't always practice what I preach. These last few weeks, I've been operating purely in reaction mode. My ever-growing list of obligations looms over me like a tidal wave, and I don't see… Continue reading Are You Settling for Second Best in the Game of Life? How to Get Back on Track

Personal Growth

Have You Lost Hope in Humanity (Especially Teenagers)? 3 Pointers for Renewing Your Faith

Ok, so that headline was a bit tongue-in-cheek. But honestly, it's been a tough week. I was thinking I'd take a break from posting. But today I heard a talk that was packed with so many great lessons, I had to write about it. Rabbi Paysach Krohn came to speak at the school where I… Continue reading Have You Lost Hope in Humanity (Especially Teenagers)? 3 Pointers for Renewing Your Faith

Inspiration Corner, Personal Growth

What does it mean to “be present”? How this phrase has changed over time and what we can do about it

I'm lucky that, as an English teacher, I'm exposed to books that cover a full spectrum of genres, styles, and subject matter. In one class, we just finished Thornton Wilder's play Our Town. In another, we're reading the non-fiction Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff. Each provides a very different answer to this question: what does… Continue reading What does it mean to “be present”? How this phrase has changed over time and what we can do about it

Inspiration Corner, Personal Growth

Money Don’t Matter 2 Night: In Conversation With Prince Rethinking Our Relationship With Money

I usually listen to music in the background while I write, more for the emotion than the lyrics. But this song by Prince & the New Power Generation stopped me in my tracks. The song is "Money Don't Matter 2 Night." Like most great pop songs, it's more complex than it seems on the surface.… Continue reading Money Don’t Matter 2 Night: In Conversation With Prince Rethinking Our Relationship With Money

Writing

6 Reasons to Read Brian Evenson’s Take on Raymond Carver Transform Your Writing and Get Inspired

When I found out that Brian Evenson was writing a book about his "personal and literary" reflections on Raymond Carver -- specifically the short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love  -- I was excited. Evenson's disconcerting, macabre short stories have always resonated with me. While I'm not as well-read in Carver's work, I've… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Read Brian Evenson’s Take on Raymond Carver Transform Your Writing and Get Inspired

Personal Growth

Revive Your Soul With The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse

Lately my inbox has gotten so out of control (yes, I need to address that) that I rarely read emails except from work and family. I've gotten super fast at hitting the "delete" key. But one from Lindsay Maloney of Book Your Dream Clients got my attention. She invited readers to participate in a book… Continue reading Revive Your Soul With The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse