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I Choose How I Want to Feel and Think at Any Given Moment

Written by Arlene Schneider August 16, 2019 Hi! My name's Arlene and I'm a recovering Negative Nelly. I was enjoying a Sunday afternoon excursion with an old friend. We were enjoying our coffee as she began talking about her sister, whom she described as “negative” and difficult to be around. My…


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"I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain..." Natural Disaster Anxiety

NATURAL DISASTER ANXIETY Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Katrina, The Memorial Day Flood, California Wildfires, The Tubbs Fire, Hurricane Maria . . . These are a few potentially devastating disasters that we've faced across the country--some of which you may have even experienced firsthand. The list…


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So, What Is Life Coaching Anyway?

Since becoming a Certified Life Coach, I've enthusiastically taken the opportunity to tell almost everyone I come in contact with about coaching and how it's helped me to increase confidence and have a more positive mindset. When I tell people that I’m a coach, I usually get two replies. “I love…


How Quitting Made Me a Stronger Person

“Don’t be a quitter!” “Quitters never win.” "Don't be a quitter!" We have all heard these adages for years. “Never quit—you’ll be a loser!” These commonly stated comments do have merit. As a runner, perseverance is a very important part of success. Pushing yourself through dreaded speedwork…


My 18-Year-Old Son Went on a Road Trip Across Texas and I Survived

“I want to go to Marfa with some friends after graduation.” "I want to go to Marfa with some friends." This statement from my son struck fear into me instantly. I had visions of him riding in a car with other 18-year-olds on lonely and unlit Texas highways, complete with various wild animals…


Class Reunions and GAILS

The cheerful, 70s-themed announcement for my 40th-year class reunion greets me with both excitement and fear—excitement to see my old friends who I've kept up with only on Facebook, paired with the old adolescent fear of, What will they think of me now? All of my youthful insecurities come rushing…