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When You’re Stuck, Enjoy the Moment

This week I was tasked with something that at first seemed pretty easy – write the regular weekly blog post. This is something Renee always does, but for the past couple of weeks she’s been very busy with a new project. So, she “suggested” I do it. Now, Renee and I...

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7 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Heart and Soul

Just imagine . . . You open your eyes to a fresh, new day. You feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a great night’s sleep. Totally refreshed and invigorated, you just know deep in your heart and soul that wonderful things are going to happen today. It feels great...

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3 Lessons I Didn’t Want To Learn

I feel blessed. I’ve had a relatively comfortable life so far. Not too rich, not too poor, always just enough of what I really needed. No hardships or obstacles that I haven’t been able to overcome . . . eventually. And sometimes, in spite of myself. You...

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Practicing Ahani Zen

On the mythical island of Alumanaya, the people have names for different types of winds. A calm, gentle breeze is sometimes called an “Ahani.” Part of the island principle of Wind deals with how we often try to control life. But as the islanders point out, trying to...

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How To Find Balance In 60 Seconds or Less

Balance brings harmony to our life. And harmony feels good! So we seek a consistent order and arrangement of things in order to reach a sort of equilibrium – a sense of well-being and tranquility. When we’re in balance, we feel calm and serene. Everything just feels ....

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10 Ways To Build Healthy, Tranquil Relationships

How well do you play with others? None of our relationships are easy or perfect all the time. I’m usually a pretty congenial, let’s-all-get-along sort of person. Yet, in all of my many roles – daughter, wife, mother, friend, employee, boss – I’ve struggled at times...

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5 Ways To Keep Things Simple In This Complex World

Life can get pretty messy at times. But the simple truth is, we frequently make it harder than it needs to be. Many of the “messes” and complications, the very things that cause our hurt and pain, are created by . . . us! Life seemed simple when I was growing up on a...

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Why You Belong In A Special Place Of Love

We all want to belong, to be loved and accepted, to feel like we matter. Our connections with others can enhance the quality of our lives and give us a chance to flourish. Being social creatures, we yearn to fit in, to be a part of something bigger than ourselves....

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30 Ways To Relax, Do Nothing . . . And Accomplish More

It always feels so rejuvenating to let go, relax and just do nothing. Have you tried it lately? In spite of how good it feels doing nothing, we tend to insist on being busy all the time. Our go-go-go culture along with our ingrained puritan work ethic teaches us to...

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Sometimes Where You Want To Go . . .

We all have goals. We all have dreams. Often in the pursuit of these things we run into obstacles, challenges, hurdles. Sometimes it seems like there’s an ocean between where we are now and where we want to be. And the waves keep pushing us back. It’s hard. We...

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7 Steps To Finding Balance and Inner Calm

Sometimes I lose my balance. No, I don’t mean I fall over. But I get overly zealous in one area of my life to the detriment of another. Or even worse, I convince myself I can do it all. I engage my super-woman mindset and set unrealistic goals and deadlines,...

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Live In Color

Sometimes all it takes is a simple decision . . . Join the island tribe at facebook.com/IslandPerspective. Coming soon! The complete guide . . . An Island Perspective – Finding the Path to Tropical...

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How a Little Kindness Can Make You a Whole Lot Happier

I love going to places that provide great customer service, don’t you? It makes the whole shopping experience so enjoyable. With simple kindness – a big smile and lovely attitude – you don’t even mind spending your hard-earned money! There’s a particular grocery store...

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Trying To Control Life

In looking at how the islanders compare wind to life, one of the things that always stands out to me is the idea of control – how most of us spend so much time and effort trying to control what happens in our lives. I know I use a ton of energy on this – thinking that...

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Think Flexibility, Find Tranquility

My 82-year-old mother relishes telling embarrassing stories about how hard-headed I could be as a child. One of her favorites is how I would sit at the table for hours refusing to eat her meatloaf. (I’ll spare you her remembrance of my potty training escapades.) I...

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5 Ways You Can Light Up the World

Do you know people who just light up the room when they enter? Some people seem to glow, instantly igniting others with their enthusiasm and positivity. You can’t help but be drawn to their vitality and electricity, their aura. We all have the ability to lift people...

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Let’s Get Naked

Imagine the pure joy of baring it all and running with the wind on a deserted island beach. So freeing! That’s how good it feels to uncover your most authentic self, your inner core. That place inside of you where you are balanced, healthy, happy and strong. Now I’m...

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Get Tranquil In 30 Seconds – 3 Steps To Inner Calm

I don’t know about you, but my must do list seems overwhelming at times. Do this, do that, get it all done . . . it’s endless! There are times when I could use a quick splash of tranquility, a few precious moments to restore my positive well-being. Earlier in my life...

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5 Things We Can Do Instead of Worry

Worry, worry, worry . . . Sometimes I find myself turning into a worrywart. I start ruminating on the shouldas, couldas, wouldas rather than enjoying what’s going on right now in the moment. Or, maybe I’m playing the good old what if game: “What if it rains on...

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Change Your World In Just 5 Minutes

Ever try to eat an elephant? Just kidding! But in reality, that’s what we’re attempting whenever we try to make a huge change in our life. I admit I feel most comfortable when I stay in my tried and true comfort zone. Oh, I sometimes think about what my kids call my...

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7 Ways To Chill Out More and Stress Less

When was the last time you really chilled out? You know, totally kicked back and relaxed. A lot of people think because I work at home I don’t have any of the usual work stress. Fact is, I tend to put more pressure on myself than any employer I ever had. Simply put, I...

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