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Year: 2018

What Would I Say To My Daughter? | Get Unstuck and Make a Decision
Life
Parenting
Parenting Mission
Perspective

What Would I Say to My Daughter?

In the fight or flight moments of life, my natural response is almost always flight. Well, not so much flight as crawl into bed and turn on Netflix. At times, when dilemmas in my life invoke fear, I have felt completely paralyzed. Flight. The paralysis encroached about a year ago when I was considering calling […]

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Is a Thanksgiving Resolution a Thing? | Gratitude and Happiness
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Perspective

Is a Thanksgiving Resolution a Thing?

I downloaded a gratitude journal app recently. I was going to try this “practice” people talk about. Perhaps I would find more positivity in the world. Maybe I would “re-wire” my brain as these apps claim to do. Hmm… After downloading the app, I also happened to read The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. […]

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When Empathy Become Ruinous | Make Your Supervision Effective
Career

When Empathy Becomes Ruinous

Sometimes being a manager feels like being less human. I hate confrontation – so much so that I don’t even like uncomfortable conversations, let alone actual confrontation. Unfortunately, managing others calls on me to have uncomfortable conversations on a near-daily basis. But I believe in being human first. Can the two coincide? Kim Scott, entrepreneur, […]

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Marriage
Perspective

Important Life Lessons from the Birthday-Obsessed

It’s Jamie’s birthday! My sweet husband loves his birthday. He loves it so much, in fact, that every time he looks at the clock and sees that it is 11:14 (am or pm), he announces, “Hey look! It’s my birthday!” When I met him, I thought this was one of his adorable quirks. But over […]

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None Of Us Are Fine | The Struggle Can Bring Great Things
Life
Perspective

None of Us Are Fine

I sat in a workshop yesterday where the presenter said we all tell lies all the time. And we are all told lies all the time. But the biggest lie of them all is a four-letter word we tell ourselves: “Fine.” It didn’t sit well with the women in the room. “I am fine,” they […]

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The Little Tightrope We All Walk | Balancing Encouragement and Humility
Judaism
Life
Perspective

The Little Tightrope We All Walk

In life, sometimes we all need encouragement. And there are plenty of times when we all need more humility. To find balance, we have to call on these qualities in the right moments of our lives.  There is an old Jewish teaching that I remind myself of often. Rabbi Simcha Bunim, an 18th Century Polish […]

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Rose Tinted Magical Love Story
Marriage

Rose-Tinted Magical Love Story

I was very lucky to grow up with my great-grandfather. He passed away when I was in high school, which seemed completely tragic at the time. Now I know what an incredible gift it is that I had 16 long years to get to know him and grow close to him. Since my grandparents were […]

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Holy Halloween | How a Secular Holiday Brings Meaning
Judaism
Life
Parenting

Holy Halloween

I love Halloween and I have for about as long as I can remember. I’m not an obsessed, pinterest-y kind of Halloween girl. Usually, I throw on a tutu or a Wonder Woman t-shirt; no elaborate costumes for me. We carve a couple of pumpkins, usually with triangle eyes and sloppy mouth, no elaborate decorations […]

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Life

How Do We Make Sense?

How do I make sense of the horrors that took place this weekend? There is no sense to be made. 11 people were horrifically murdered on Saturday morning for no reason, with no logical purpose. How does one live in a world where you know the next time you walk into your church, synagogue, school, […]

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Let the Children Thrive | Focus on Resilience Instead of Success
Parenting
Parenting Mission

Let the Children Thrive

What does it mean to thrive? To flourish? These terms have picked up popularity in the last decade or so. With websites, books, psychological terms and more all embracing and using these terms, it seems to me that the popularity must be in direct correlation with the rising feelings of apathy, fear, and loneliness in […]

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