Gone fishin

Sabbatical

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The first thing that has to be said is, we truly enjoy what we’re doing with this website.  We like learning how to improve ourselves, and we like sharing that knowledge with others.  This is very much a mutual journey of discovery and change, of evaluation and solutions.  And just as we see readers come and go as their lives and choices dictate, we have reached a point where we must step back and plan the next phase of our blogging lives.

But wait!  This is not a goodbye, teary or otherwise.  As the title indicates: this is a sabbatical: Continue reading » Sabbatical

" TeSt FoR DaiRy FaRM "
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I didn’t fail the test.  I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

— Benjamin Franklin

Things are getting better.  Unemployment is moving down.  Hiring is up.  People are finding better jobs and taking the risk of moving from one job to another.  A year ago, that just wasn’t considered wise.

Nationally, we seem more hopeful.  Yet, we’re always concerned that things will suddenly go bad and we’ll be in trouble again.

Many years ago, we – the U.S. – had an emergency warning system to notify everyone of national emergencies.  It was designed and created to respond to the possibility of nuclear attack.

Thank heavens, it was never needed or used for Continue reading » This is Only a Test – 4 Ways to Prepare for Difficult Times

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The most often voiced complaint about writing a blog is the difficulty coming up with new topics to write about.  Being a blog about resilience, we know that having a good laugh is good for keeping your spirits up and helps you face the day.  In that spirit, we offer the following.

This week the God of Prose smiled down and dropped a big, juicy plum in our lap.  Today, March 20th, 2013 is one of those “special” days.  Why?  Because Continue reading » Wacky Wednesday #44 – Are You Taking the Day Off for This National Holiday?

Give Way
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Feeling stuck, or at the very least, stale? Give way to seeing the world through new eyes and then see what happens!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

I’ve just returned from the lands-down-under – Australia and New Zealand – where folks drive on the left side of the road. Which meant that, for this U.S. citizen who (usually) drives on the right, there were plenty of opportunities for mishap!  But because I was a tour bus rider instead of a driver, I was free to delight in all the Ozzie and Kiwi street signs that were similar but not quite the same. For instance, where I come from, the pointy-side-down red triangle sign would say Continue reading » How to Shortcut the “Thinking-I’m-Stuck” Mindset by Giving Way

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Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Originally published on September 20th, 2011.


A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.” In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem. If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Getting away from it all might be the only way you can really reset or change course. If you continue around the day-to-day, making significant changes is tough. Taking a few months off will give you the space you need to figure things out.”

Corbett Barr

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