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Escaping the Mundane at Work

Did you know that 99% of people are already doing what they think is best for themselves and their career? Think about that for a second. There are 1% crazy, self-sabotaging people out there intentionally messing up their life and career. However, everyone else, and I am guessing you since you are reading this, are already doing what you think …

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What’s Your Escape?

After a long harsh day of facing reality, what do you do to escape? Maybe you stop by the gas station on the way home for a six pack of Heineken. Maybe you shop. Maybe you smoke a little pot on the back porch just to get the edge off. Maybe you eat, and eat, and eat. Maybe you zone …

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Escape from Escape’s Illusion

Next to the driveway of my childhood friend’s house lived one of the kindest gray haired ladies in our small Michigan town. On a delightful summer morning her large picture window overlooking that gravel depository became a source of inspiration. I blurted my 10-year old cognitive flash to my friend, “Look how close I can pitch this stone to Miss Epler’s window!” And …

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Balance – By Mark Gande

This has come to mean many things in today’s increasingly regulated and politically correct world.  It could well be a synonym for an expression like ‘media-savvy’ or indeed, a word for the closet politicians amongst us to hide behind when things aren’t going their way.  They will often counter with a defensively worded opinion about wanting to share a more …

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Where is your energy going?

Few things, maybe nothing, is more valuable to give up than a grudge. More typically thought to be a gift to the person who violated one’s trust or virtue, to give up a grudge is much more a gift to oneself. Even better, each person is entirely in control of whether or not she gifts herself by forgiving. First, let’s be clear …

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Triumph Over Emotional Eating

  Have you ever made room for dessert, even though you were already full?  Ever dove into a pint (quart) of ice cream when you are feeling down?  Then you have experienced “Emotional Eating”, which is using food to make you feel better, rather than to nourish.This weekly program, which meets for eight weeks, is facilitated with all materials included …

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Does it pay to be unique?

Recently, I was part of a conversation about individuality: what it means and looks like as well as its value in society.  Early on in our discussion, a colleague mentioned the individuality between snowflakes and a vision popped into my head of lemmings jumping off a cliff. In this era of corporate Reductions in Force (RIF’s), restructurings, and un/underemployment, does …

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In Search of “JOY”

JOY  noun \ˈjȯi\ : a feeling of great happiness : a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone : success in doing, finding, or getting something : the expression or exhibition of such emotion There is no need to try to figure out a true definition of joy because it is impossible to …

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Living My Freakness

Do you have any idea what it’s like living in my head?  Fortunately, the answer is probably “NO.”  Unfortunately, I have spent most of my life trying to get out of it. I think too much, way too much. I have tried every “escape” there is, and nothing has given me the numbed relief I hoped for. I have tried …

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Low Self Esteem Leads to Addiction in Adolescents

I have been in this profession for few years. The majority of my clients were/are teenagers and struggling with chemical addiction and unfortunately most of them also have low self-esteem. Research has also shown that poor self-esteem is one of the several factors that can lead to substance abuse in Adolescents. So now the question is, why do our children …

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Lies Are Like Noses

Everybody lies. Kids lie, men lie, women lie. We all lie. I was reading a book by Po Bronson called Nurture Shock. In this book, Po talks about how all children lie. In fact, he devotes an entire chapter to it. They lie to try and please us. We all lie for one reason or another, not meaning any harm …

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Anatomy of A Decision

The CEO was exasperated. The wife was fuming. The teenager felt betrayed. Although involved in different situations, each was responding to the same conundrum: A conclusion that was thought to be a decision but turned out to be a surprise ending. The CEO had carefully arranged a meeting with his employee representatives to hear their concerns and gain their trust. …

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Eating Disorder

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”  Buddha (c. 563 BC to 483 BC) – a spiritual teacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism. Last weekend I was at a party. We were having fun and soon it was time to eat. We let the kids eat first. As the kids got busy enjoying …

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18 Buckets of Money: Data Mining

For many people, once they launch a website, they do so thinking that “Ok, now the money will just come rolling in.” Depending upon the business, they may just do very well. But, having spent the best part of the last 20 years working with websites, I can tell you that more often than not, it takes a bit of …

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