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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…


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No Judgment: Part Two

“A Day Without Judgment,” an article I wrote previously, described how living “judgment-free” could enrich your life as well as the lives of those around you. In the article, I challenged you to take one day and not judge yourself or others. Due to the positive feedback I received, I thought I'd…