And learning we are not what we do for a living …

Article By Dee DeWitt

You are what you do.  That’s the unfortunate lie that our culture has ingrained into most of us since we were children bringing our parents into school for career day.

However, if you are one of the millions who find themselves without work in this economy, you’ll find that the job search and the imposed idleness chips away at your self-esteem.  As a job search stretches into months, you begin to wonder what happened to your energy, your sense of humor and perhaps even your sanity.

And in the midst of it all, you are bombarded by – guess what – thousands of articles and tips that make coping with unemployment and a job search sound simple, easy.  Bombarded to the point that you begin to resent the tips and assume there is an ulterior motive for every article … if you will only send in $19.99 for the “real” solution!

Yet solutions for dealing with unemployment are not one-size-fits-all.  And they are not (or shouldn’t be) a get rich scheme for someone else.  And they are definitely easier said than done.   So with that said, here are my tips – not for getting the perfect job – but for getting through the day. Read More »

Posted on 6 August, 2009 in Career, Fitness & Health, Happiness
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Article By Stephanie Johnson

 

Imagine this: it’s a Saturday morning, bright and early, with cheerful little birds singing all over the place and a bright blue sky.

 

You could be sleeping in.  But you’re not. Instead, you’re standing outside with your family or significant other, breathing in the crisp morning air, a wad of bills in your pocket, surrounded by fresh tomatoes and green beans, bread and home-made jams … and the hustle and bustle of an outdoor market. And somewhere, someone is playing a guitar.

 

There are many different vendors all around you, and you see lots of different things you’re interested in, all brought in from around your area.  There are plump, juicy tomatoes, local cheeses, wild berries, no-spray peaches, honey.  Some vendors even sell cage-free eggs, homemade preserves, bacon from a nearby family farm, or even coffee hand-selected and roasted by a local company. Read More »

Posted on 28 July, 2009 in Finance & Family, Fitness & Health, Making the Day Count
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

This week, we will travel the golden sands and see the desert blooming with life after a rare and wonderful rain.  Here you will find a soft place, a kind, beautiful, welcoming place in the midst of a world of survival and harshness. Read More »

Posted on 24 July, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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Article By Stephanie Johnson

 

It’s that time of year again – the long, sizzling golden days of no school, of grills and fresh summer produce, of soft nights illumed by flickering fireflies. Ah, summer. 

 

What better way is there to spend a summer day than by some cool, refreshing body of water?  Whether it’s the ocean, a public pool, or just a kiddy pool in your back yard, swimming is practically a summer fun commandment.          

People have been drawn to water since the beginning of time.  There are cave drawings depicting people swimming, and there are references to it in ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian artifacts.

 

Almost everyone can benefit from swimming, young and old alike.  It’s extremely beneficial for pregnant women, too, as it’s gentle and safe, yet still gets the heart rate up. Read More »

Posted on 21 July, 2009 in Fitness & Health, Happiness
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

This week, we will pay a visit to the beautiful Kingdom in the Clouds.  In this beautiful place, you will experience freedom from your worries and regain your lost sense of youth.

 

You find yourself riding on the back of a giant, majestic white bird with wide, graceful wings that stroke the sky.  The earth is far below you. You look down and watch the moving patchwork of the fields, the groves of deep-green trees, the silver-brown snaking rivers and gray concrete ribbons of road.  There are tiny houses, too, and tiny neighborhoods with little postage stamps of turquoise swimming pools. Read More »

Posted on 17 July, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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