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How to Whack Your Way Out of the Weeds

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Do you, every once in a while, feel overwhelmed by ALL you have to do? If so, take heed – managing your stress can save your sanity!

In the restaurant industry, servers and cooks who cannot keep up with customer demands are “weeded.”


1) To have too much to do. 2) To not be able to keep up or accomplish all the tasks set before you. 3) A feeling or act of being behind in one’s work. 4) A very bad place. i.e. “I have too many tables, I’m very weeded!” or “No hands I’m weeded up bad” or “I’m so deep in the weeds I can’t see the light!”

Life in the Weeds

At this moment I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Too much to do, not enough time; priorities piled on priorities; and then, along comes something else – a very important something – and, TA DA! – I’m weeded… with no weed-whacker in sight.

What to do?  Well at first I simply chant an old mandra: I am richly blessed… But, truth be told, it doesn’t help much.  So, in desperation I surf the web for OPs’ solutions. And find good ideas from Other People that will help me keep my sanity intact – I share them here with you in the hopes they may Continue reading » How to Whack Your Way Out of the Weeds

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7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

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I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

— Harlan Miller

On this blog, we write a lot about resilience – the ability to come back from adversity.  The more I study about resilience, the more I’ve realized that:

  • Most of us are resilient whether we know it or not.  Very few of us give up permanently.  Admittedly some of us do, but the majority eventually get back up and into the game.  That is resilience.
  • Our self-image around resilience has more to do with how quickly we recover rather than whether we recover.  Many of us are too hard on ourselves about our rate of recovery.  Our self-judgment is that we don’t recover quickly enough.

Each time that we come back from an adversity, we learn something – usually we learn about ourselves and how to encourage our recovery – which is a good thing because the Continue reading » 7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

Easy Peasy

Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?

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Sometimes “good for you” turns out to be more work than it’s worth!

Set some clear limits for yourself and honor them.

— Marthe

“Sounds great,” I think.  “I’m going to do it,” I decide.

Onto the to-do list it goes: Set limits/honor them…

And down the slippery slope of good intentions it slides into my “that’s-never-going-to-happen” abyss…

But I’m learning.  And I guess I’m “setting limits.” Except my version starts with challenging each piece of “good for you” advice with questions such as these:

  • How difficult will this be to implement?
  • Do I have time and/or bandwidth for this?
  • Does this move me toward my prime objectives?

Truth be told, after such scrutiny, most of that “good for you” advice doesn’t Continue reading » Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?


Have a “Ha Ha Ho Ho Hee Hee” Kind of Day!

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Need an excuse for a good belly laugh?

The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we!

— from the movie Mary Poppins

But is a “merrier-we” a good thing? YES!! So say gelotologists – people who study laughter and its effects on the body from a psychological and physiological perspective:

… laughing decreases stress [and] does the body good… A UC Irvine College of Medicine study… found that even looking forward to a funny event increases endorphins and decreases detrimental stress hormones.

And apparently, laughing comes more easily when Continue reading » Have a “Ha Ha Ho Ho Hee Hee” Kind of Day!

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Never Satisfied

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I get really upset seeing my friends who are mums crying because they feel like they’re not good enough. Clever, confident, kind young women all going, “I’m ruining my child’s life.”

— Daisy Donovan

Why is it that we always want the gift that someone else received?

I’m not talking about birthday or Christmas presents.  I’m talking about the talents with which we have been blessed.  There are so many talents that we see in someone else that we want.  It seems that we’re never satisfied.

What made me think of this is an essay, The Juice Box Mom, posted on This I Believe .  In it, Candance Gordon writes: Continue reading » Never Satisfied