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The Surprising Benefits of Being a “YES” Woman

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No one taught me to be a “YES” woman.  My teachers taught me to dissect, debate, and defend. My mentors tell me leaders are usually going against the tide. My parents taught me to be independent, assertive, curious, loyal, kind, and faithful but they never served crap for dinner. Thus, I am adverse to swallowing things that look, taste, and smell like hmmmm poop. Verbally agreeing to everything someone is saying when I vehemently disagree internally is, shall we say, not one one of my strengths. Listening carefully while quietly reflecting in order to give a measured, thoughtful response at…

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Love Lessons from A to Zen

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I have gained experiential wisdom from the loves of my life. Some lessons were exceptionally good. Some were simply enlightening. But, they all were essential in making me a better-than-I-used-to-be human…in progress. A- absence is bad for the heart. B- breathing deeply is an art form. C- cuddling cures a bad day. D- destiny is fluid. E- exes don’t need a eulogy every day. F- forgiveness propels you forward. G- God is very detail oriented. H- habit is a poor excuse for cheating. I- imagi-Nation is a great place to travel. J- joy—real joy—comes from within. K- kindness in a…

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Apollo

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I am unclean and my grandson, Apollo, wants to watch “A Bug’s Life” again. He is 3-years-old with all the rights and privileges thereof. We have watched this DVD twice every day. I know every scene-every word-every syllable of every word. He flat out refuses to use Mickey Mouse headphones I bought him and I am not allowed to leave his side. I have been swimming with him. We have been to an indoor playground where I crawled through tubes, climbed ladders, and slipped down slides at a very high velocity. (For the record, the oldest and largest person should…

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Their Eyes Are Not Watching God

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“It takes courage to grow in public.”—Bishop T.D. Jakes The fact is we ALL have public lives. Big Sister is everywhere and her eyes are not watching God. Social media posts, volunteerism, job, dating, classes…keep us in the windows of the world, on display every day. Most of us think celebrities, elected leaders, and VIP’s are the only ones who have a high profile existence. They are constantly in front of cameras. Every word and action is closely scrutinized and added to the fragmented collages we create from snapshots of their daily lives. The most fascinating thing is how quick…

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I Ain’t Beyonce But That’s Okay

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BEYONCÉ IS A top-grossing entertainer, as well as an actress, producer, model, and businesswoman. She is truly amazing, but the world does not need another Beyoncé or Erika Leonard, aka E. L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. To stand out from the crowd you must create, not recreate. From hipster to hip replacement, always strive for originality, ingenuity, and high self-esteem. Learn from others, but don’t try to become them. Individual success derives from the unique gifts, talents, skills, and personality each person pos- sesses. It is a mistake that time cannot erase to be anything…

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Never Close Your Heart Unless It’s Temporarily Under Reconstruction

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In the bestseller, The Forty-Eight Laws of Power, Robert Greene asserts, “An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power, a mistake that will cost you a lot more than any temporary satisfaction you might gain by expressing your feelings. Emotions cloud reason, and if you cannot see the situation clearly, you cannot prepare and respond to it with any degree of control.” All of us know at least one drama queen or drama king. They love to yell and make a scene when they’re offended. While all of that screaming might make them feel better…

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Love Thy Neighbor But Watch Your Purse!

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Have you ever noticed how good some people–men, in particular–are at answering only the part(s) of your question they feel like addressing? For example, recently, someone with whom I contracted to do a job did not follow up as promised. This is the verbatim text exchange with that party: 12:04 p.m. (Dr. mOe) “I’ve inquired about when you can meet in person with my business partner and me twice. You have not responded, it seems difficult to reach you. Do you have another job? ” 1:46 pm (Response) “Where are you trying to reach me? This number or email is…

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Juggling for Beginners

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I like jugglers. I’ve seen professional clowns juggle at the circus and executives juggle at the office. The execs call it time management or maximizing efficiency but the tasks are very similar.  The definition of juggle is “cope with by adroitly balancing.” You may balance bowling pins or projects by constantly reprioritizing in order not to drop anything. The interesting fact about this activity is that no matter how many things you juggle, you only have your hands on two things at any given time. The rest are in the air, on your desk, or they get dropped. Knowing your…

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