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    Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Thinking

    16 Sweet Ways to Keep an Attitude of Gratitude

    I spent a long time working with the “anonymous people” – alcoholics, addicts, and those who love them. I love them. Their example is powerful. It can provide hope and help motivate meaningful change. I learned a lot and found it difficult not to embrace change. Within that community are people I would describe as “The Grat Pack” or, perhaps more simply, gratitude ninjas. Not only do they possess the quality of thankfulness, they freely show appreciation and a willingness to share kindness. They know that…

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    Happiness,  Self care,  Thinking

    How Do You Drive Change?

    For a very long time I have wanted a travel van that would allow me to launch some spontaneous and comfortable travel. Last year, Favorite Husband and I did an accidental trial run. The pandemic was in full swing so our focus was on minimizing contact with others. I don’t think it was part of the plan, but a blinding rain storm made it impossible to continue highway driving and dictated that we spend one night in a parking lot. We slept in our slightly cramped vehicle…

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    Animals,  Dog Wisdom,  Happiness,  Thinking

    When Self-Nurturing Bites Back

    I’m a big fan of self-nurturing. I believe in ninja-level self-care. Who knows what I need better than I do?  (And how else would I have survived more than two decades as a human services provider?) Family court, criminal court, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental illness and addiction. Each is a lot on its own. Unfortunately, as we become more experienced, those issues begin to pile up. To overlap and intersect — also a lot. And, from an employee point of view? It’s a part…