Choose to be the Best Plum (and not a Second-Rate Banana)

Happy, happy, happy New Year! As we move forward into 2017, many of us are making long-term plans for the year and trying to figure out our New Year’s resolutions. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (more about that next week). However, at the beginning of each year I do think about what I want to accomplish and set some new goals for the year – both personally and professionally. As you go through your process of planning, resolution-making, goal-setting and/or deep thinking (whatever you like to do to kick off the new year), I want to make certain you […]

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Letting Go of Holiday Perfectionism

Do you have issues with holiday perfectionism?  I have suffered from it for years.  It all started with the “perfect” Christmas tree.  Ever since I’ve been married and had my house, my Christmas tree had to have the right amount of lights – several strings of lights deeply set within the tree and several more strings of lights on the outside branches.  One year early in my marriage, my poor husband tried to help.  After an hour of fighting he swore that he would never help me with the tree again (and he hasn’t).   Jeff didn’t quite understand why […]

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It’s Up to You – The Choice to be Happy

I used to know someone who constantly talked about how things would be better when [insert anything].  She would look to the next thing that was supposed to happen in her life (a job promotion, her children getting to the next stage in life – anything really) and she couldn’t wait to get there.  She was certain that next “thing” would make her happy.  But happiness never came to her. I’ve also known people who go on and on about the “good old days” – often referring to their high school and/or college days.  People who never let go of […]

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