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Marketing Lessons from the online Art Community

This is not the post I intended to write today, I guess I will save that one for tomorrow. I was cleaning out my email inbox and came across an email from an artist blog I follow, Artellaland.com by Marney K. Makridakis. I love the online arts and craft community. Out of the many groups…

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Mindfulness Writing Prompts: How Scrubbing a Pot Changed My Day

Mindfulness Writing Prompts: How Scrubbing a Pot Changed My Day It was getting close to dinnertime yesterday and the kitchen was still piled with dirty dishes. No one else had bothered to fill the dishwasher, which I had emptied that morning. I find it difficult if not impossible to make dinner in a dirty kitchen,…

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Values in Action: Beauty and the Beast

Today’s Values in Action column is about BEAUTY. I saw the word beauty and laughed. Last week I talked about appreciation, especially about self-appreciation. I think the universe is trying to tell me something. My personal journey this year is definitely about appreciating my own beauty in this moment right now. At the same time,…

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Two reasons we don’t stick to our New Year’s Resolutions

Two reasons we don’t stick to our New Year’s Resolutions There are two reasons we don’t stick to our New Year’s Resolutions: lack of commitment and focus. Are you making progress on your 2013 resolutions yet? Have you already lost your list or given up on that new diet and exercise program? Or perhaps like…

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Do you have relationship goals for 2013?

Do you have relationship goals for 2013? I have been thinking a lot about what I want for 2013 in all areas of my life. I hosted a Meetup this past Saturday where we looked at the Wheel of Life, talked about what areas were rolling smoothly in our lives and what areas could use…

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Writing Tips: Allow Your Stories to Unfold Gently

Writing Tips: Allow Your Stories to Unfold Gently Have you seen the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? I finally saw it this weekend and had heard that it was delightful but enjoyed it much more than I anticipated. It’s full of some of my favorite actors, especially Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. The writing…

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2 sales lessons learned from a school bake sale

2 sales lessons learned from a school bake sale My daughter is attending a new school this year, new to her that is. Once we arrived, we discovered that all 6th graders get to spend a week at CIMI camp and that we need to raise money to go. CIMI is the Catalina Island Marine…

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6 Writing Prompts for Your Business Blog

6 Writing Prompts for Your Business Blog You know you need to be writing more but you are feeling stumped for ideas. You sit staring at the blank screen, surfing the web or otherwise creating distractions from doing what you need to do: write that blog post! I want to share 6 writing prompts that…

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Writing Prompts for Mindfulness: How do you eat your lunch?

¬†Writing Prompts for Mindfulness: How do you eat your lunch? I was reading another beautiful post from my friend Charla Bregante this morning. I am envious! She is on a week-long sabbatical, just her and her dog staying on the beach. You can read her post here. As a working mom and wife (or dad…

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Writing Prompts: Lookin’ for Love in all the Wrong Places?

Writing Prompts: Lookin’ for Love in all the Wrong Places? Do you remember the country song “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places”? It was recorded by Johnny Lee as part of the soundtrack for the movie Urban Cowboy in 1980. Growing up in Texas, I listened to a lot of country music and…

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